Mentors are central to our programmes and are a critical part of our clients’ success. With specialisations in finance, design strategy, sales and marketing, human resources and employee culture, public relations and communications, and technology, our mentors act as an experienced and dedicated management team – walking you through every challenge and guiding you to success.

Tom Brennan

Co-founder of Waterford based EirGen Pharma in 2005, which was acquired by Miami based NASDAQ listed OPKO Health Inc in May 2015. The company now employs over 250 highly skilled personnel at their US FDA approved facility in Waterford which exports pharmaceuticals to almost 50 countries worldwide. Tom is also a founder shareholder of specialist healthcare Stability Storage Specialist Q1 Scientific which is growing rapidly, co-founder of TriviumVet specialising in animal therapeutics, a board member of machine vision and automation specialists Crest Solutions and a board member of The National Maternity Hospital (Holles St.) Foundation.

Gillian Barry

Gillian leads the TUS Innovation & Enterprise team and together they manage enterprise centres across Limerick, Clare & Tipperary, TUS has the largest portfolio of enterprise, incubation and acceleration centres in Ireland, we operate 2 early stage seed funds and are involved in numerous EU projects. Gillian also manages the Enterprise Ireland funded national entrepreneur development programme called New Frontiers for innovative HPSU’s which is run at the Hartnett Centre, where TUS support around 100 entrepreneurs through various startup support programmes & initiatives annually.

Derek Blackweir

Derek has worked with the Innovation & Enterprise Team since 2012, and manages the QUESTUM Acceleration Centre in Clonmel and the Thurles Chamber Enterprise Centre (TCEC) in Thurles. Derek is currently working with the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform, running innovation workshops and short-programmes.

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