LEO Mentor (Local Enterprise Board)
Mentor Target Group: Very early start-up businesses / social enterprises
Speciality Area: Healthcare
Objective: I aim to assist young, entrepreneurial or aspirational people who have a concept or idea for a business by helping them make it a deliverable reality.
Background: I have over 20 years’ experience working in the business industry and founded my own award winning company in 2012. I have a passion to help others with getting their ideas for an idea off the ground. I have successfully mentored a vast number of entrepreneurs to date, and currently provide advisory services to numerous charities and social enterprises in both Ireland, and the UK. In 2015 I was commissioned by the HSE to lead and develop a national research project for my product MediStori, with an aim to inform policy makers on the implementation of patient held health records. Today, I sit on numerous advisory groups for the HSE, Department of Health and the NHS.
Aim: I have recognised that many entrepreneurs, have big ideas and drive, but they may lack the experience and/or skills in putting their concept into practice. I aim to help young start-up entrepreneurs write their business plans, develop their marketing/PR strategy, discuss methods of accounting and advertising, and finally, assist them with presenting their idea to key stakeholders, potential customers and/or investors. From experience, I know that it is not essential for start-up entrepreneurs to understand every aspect of the business world, however, I as a skilled mentor, will aim to give them knowledge in areas where they need good understanding in order to secure sales, buy in and investment.
- Help entrepreneurs produce a credible business plan and marketing plan
- Show entrepreneurs how to create and conduct engaging presentations
- Help entrepreneurs understand the importance of balancing cash flow and maintain accounts
- Assist entrepreneurs with networking opportunities and connections to key stakeholders
- Provide information on materials/events which may be of use to the entrepreneur