Incubator Mentors 2016/17

Colm Buckley

A managing director at The People Group, Colm and his team are more than recruiters, they add value and much needed insight to the most important responsibility for any Marketing Director – putting an effective team together.


Valerie Rice has worked at board level in a range of food, drink and retail businesses such as Guinness Ireland, Diageo and Superquinn. Valerie’s proven expertise is based on firsthand experience in senior positions, providing her with a deep understanding of the marketing and sales challenges faced by businesses in today’s competitive marketplace.

Valerie set up Valerie Rice & Associates in 2008 and works with clients such as Glanbia, Dawn Farm Foods, Heineken, Santa Rita Wine Company and Bulmers as well as growing food brands like Donnelly Fresh Foods, Cooleeney Cheese and Burren Smokehouse.


Orla McCallion, is Co-founder and Managing Partner of UniTuition, an Irish-based leading online platform for connecting third level students with pre-screened specialist tutors.

UniTuition partners with 3rd level institutions to provide a centralised online marketplace for connecting students with screened peer tutors. Our tutors are senior students and recent graduates who provide exam focused individual and group lessons (grinds) to junior peers from their university campus.



Sean Judge

Sean Judge, along with Orla McCallion, is Co-founder of UniTuition and Director for UpStarter, Ireland's only startup and technology focused recruitment event. who bring startups, technology companies and job seekers together.


Founder of  three start ups - rode the internet bubble in 1999 and 2000. Then settled down with the third which was his most successful, Alatto technologies. Alatto traded for 9 years with sales averaging over €1m per year . More recently consultant to Vodafone Ireland for one year and then in 2008 became Technology Transfer Case Manager at Trinity College, Dublin responsible for commercialisation of IT/web research. He now runs Trinity College's startup accelerator LaunchBox and is also Executive Director of Blackstone LaunchPad at Trinity College, Dublin. 

Personal Motto : "Done is better than Perfect" - (Stolen from Facebook)

John Whelan

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