Mary McKenna is an Irish technology entrepreneur and angel investor.
In this interview, we chat about the many chapters in Mary’s career that have made her an in-demand Startup advisor around the world. We also discuss the amazing opportunities that can present themselves when you default to saying ‘yes’ rather than ‘no.’
Mary co-founded online learning company Learning Pool in Derry in 2006 and sold the business in 2014 so that she could return to working with earlier stage startups and scale-ups.
Mary is one of the Entrepreneurs in Residence at the University of Oxford, a member of the NI MATRIX panel, an advisor to several governments and an EU Horizon 2020 innovation judge. Mary was awarded an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen in the 2014 New Year’s Honours for services to digital technology, innovation and learning.
Digital Irish is a non-profit organization with communities in New York City, London and Chicago. Our goal is to promote Irish innovation globally, providing companies and startups with access to resources such as professional networking opportunities, talent and investment.