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Mary McKenna

Mary McKenna

Irish Technology Entrepreneur and Angel investor

Mary McKenna

Mary McKenna is a Northern Irish technology entrepreneur and angel investor. She co-founded successful Derry based e-learning company Learning Pool following a long public sector career and a spell as a Silicon Valley dotcommer. Learning Pool was a very early example of large scale knowledge sharing across government with over a million public servants collaborating and participating in the online community.

Mary is interested in helping start and grow indigenous Irish and UK tech companies and especially in working with female and young entrepreneurs. This is reflected in the angel investments she has made to date. She is one of the Entrepreneurs in Residence at the Northern Ireland Science Park in Belfast, an active member of the Digital Catapult’s Advisory Network and one of the Tech London Advocates.

Mary sits on the London Board of the Irish International Business Network and she’s a trustee of two large London based charities, vInspired and the Social Care Institute for Excellence. She recently joined the ex Nominet Trust investment team in their new venture CAST (Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology) and she’s excited to have been invited to become one of Said Business School's (University of Oxford) Resident Experts.

Mary was awarded the MBE by Her Majesty the Queen for services to digital technology, innovation and learning in the 2014 New Year’s Honours.

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