The Irish Times Innovation Roadshow - Dublin

Hosted by ByrneWallace, the Innovation Cities Roadshow, Dublin, will impart expert insights into leading business issues and practical ideas on how you can develop your business performance.

  • Venue: Bryne Wallace
  • Time: 7.30am-9.15am
  • Date: Tuesday, 22nd November 

David Hourihane, Partner & Head of Green Economy, ByrneWallace

Theme: Cleantech: The Sustainable Paradigm for Businesses

David is a partner in ByrneWallace and head of its Green Economy Group.  He is at the forefront of advising innovative clients on the legal and regulatory issues relating to clean technologies and renewable energy, including biomass CHP, anaerobic digestion, energy efficiency, forestry, green transport and waste management.  In addition, David advises companies active in both the compliance and voluntary carbon markets. Over the last number of years, David has written and spoken extensively on all aspects of the green economy.


Norman Crowley, Chairman and Founder, Crowley Carbon

Theme: Innovative Financing for Industrial Energy Efficiency
In 1994, Norman founded Trinity Commerce, one of the first eCommerce services companies in the world. Norman grew the business to 5 countries and 150 people and sold the majority of the business to Eircom Plc in 1999. In 2001 Norman co-founded Inspired Gaming Group with 8 people. By 2006 Inspired was the largest player in the world in the area of Server Based Gaming (SBG).

In 2006, Norman floated Inspired on the London Stock Exchange. At the time it had grown to 2500 people and had revenues of US$500m. Along the way Norman also co-founded “The Cloud”, Europe’s largest Wifi operator which he sold to 3i in 2005.  Norman founded Crowley Carbon after the flotation of Inspired where he developed a simple five stage process designed to figure out the best way to reduce the amount of energy you waste; this is done via Danu, the world’s first expert system designed for energy efficiency. Norman is on the board of The Next Step, a charity dedicated to looking after disabled children in Georgia.


Ronan Furlong, Director of Operations and Communications at The Green Way Ltd and Senior Development Manager at Dublin Airport Authority

Theme: The Greenway: Dublin’s Cleantech Corridor

Ronan has 15 years experience in business, real estate and green economic development with BuildOnline, Sisk, Mountbrook, Quinlan Private, DAA and The Green Way Ltd. Ronan is currently focused on the advancement of "The Green Way" - a Cleantech Cluster or Green Economic Zone established by private companies, academic institutions and public/semi-state players, aimed at strengthening Dublin and Ireland’s international cleantech profile. The goal is to develop a cleantech cluster or Green Economic Zone which will stimulate growth for the region’s existing cleantech companies, encourage the establishment of more cleantech enterprises, and attract inward investment projects to Dublin and Ireland.


Tom Flanagan, Head of Commercialisation, DIT Hothouse

Tom Flanagan is Head of Commercialisation at Dublin Institute of Technology and Centre Director of  DIT Hothouse, the award winning Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre at DIT. DIT Hothouse helps more than thirty knowledge intensive start-up companies launch each year and won the Shell Livewire Award for Services to Enterprise.  Tom runs workshops and clinics at Hothouse and has commercialised leading edge research, winning several high profile technology transfer licences with companies such as SONY, Sherman Williams, ABB and General Paints.  He lectures part-time in innovation and entrepreneurship on masters programmes and is a business consultant to several established businesses.
Prior to joining DIT, Tom was Nortel’s Regional Vice President for Canada and Central US for Professional Services. Prior to that, he built successful business and technical consulting practices in the US and held senior positions in sales, marketing, product management and product design.
Tom started his career as an engineer and has a number of patents in telecommunications including one for survivable fibre optic rings that he championed to become the worldwide standard. Tom graduated at UCD, completed an MSc. at Aston University, UK and an MBA at the Kellogg School of Management in Chicago.


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