Eamonn Sayers

Centre Manager, The Guinness Enterprise Centre, Ireland

Since 2012, Eamonn has very successfully managed and promoted the Guinness Enterprise Centre which is home to over 90 resident start-ups employing over 400 people on-site and over 100 co-working companies. In 2015, the GEC was recognized as being the No. 1 Business Incubator – Collaborating with University in the world.

In this role, Eamonn works with entrepreneurs, start-ups / early stage companies, state development agencies, not-for-profit organisations and commercial businesses in the areas of strategy, business planning, general management, fundraising and investment. He has strategically positioned the GEC as the leading enterprise centre in Ireland through programs like the Centre Partnership, University and Prosper programs.

Eamonn is the founder of World Sports Team which provides support to sports people who suffer catastrophic injury in sport.

Early in his career, Eamonn worked with the National Safety Council where he introduced the hard-hitting road safety advertisements of the 2000s. He also worked with the IRFU and was responsible for developing Irish rugby’s strategic plan “Building on Solid Foundations 2008-2012” which coincided with the most successful time in Irish rugby history.

He holds a Bachelor of Business Studies from the University of Limerick and a Masters of Business Administration from UCD Smurfit School of Business. He is also an international sevens rugby referee.

Talks

  • Incubation Best Practices (1/2): Insights from top-performing University-linked Business Incubators and Accelerators