Aoife Finnegan – Curio PR
Aoife moved to London to work as an actor but took a job in the PR department of Tourism Ireland, which ultimately changed the course of her career.
Dave McCormack – VAAS
Dublin native Dave McCormack was working in local television in Ireland when he and a colleague saw an opportunity to launch a local television business in the UK.
Jennifer Provan – Kitchenetta Catering
Before leaving Ireland Jennifer was working in hospitality after studying Hospitality Management, and she set up her own catering company and two cafés while living in Glasgow.
Laura McDermott – Colectivo
Laura McDermott, from Dunboyne in Co Meath, was living in Dublin, where she worked in FinTech for Bank of Ireland, when she decided she wanted a change. So, in 2015, she seized an opportunity to go to Spain to implement project-based learning of English in schools there.
Ronan Purcell – Fort Energy
Ronan Purcell, a native of Athy in Co Kildare, and his wife Tara left Ireland in search of adventure in 2011 after Ronan had spent over a decade as an officer in the Irish Defence Forces.
Sarah Fliessbach – Shareclub
Motivated by her commitment to the circular economy, Sarah founded Shareclub in 2022, a reusable packaging solution for events and workplaces.
Shemaine Doyle – Brave
When Shemaine Doyle, who is from Firhouse in Dublin, left Ireland in 2010 she was motivated by a simple desire to go somewhere abroad.