The Irish Fintech Ecosystem

Join us for a dynamic discussion with leading experts from Ireland’s booming Fintech scene. We’ll dive into the powerful synergy between government, academia, and businesses, exploring how they’re:

  • Sparking a culture of innovation: Discover how government initiatives and organizations like Enterprise Ireland are nurturing a fertile ground for disruptive Fintech solutions.
  • Building the talent pipeline: Learn how universities and research institutions are equipping the next generation of talent with the skills and knowledge to conquer the global market.
  • Fostering collaboration: Dive into the unique partnerships between established financial institutions and startups, driving rapid development and market adoption.
  • Scaling for global impact: Unravel the secrets behind Irish Fintech companies’ success in expanding beyond their borders and leaving their mark on the world stage.


Our panel includes:

  • Conor White, Daon – Conor is part of the core team that founded Daon. He joined the company as Chief Technology Officer in 2001 with the goal of designing and delivering trusted experiences that put human beings back at the center of digital transactions. In 2015, Conor accepted the role of President of the Americas, where he led all Daon activities across North, South, and Latin America. Then, in 2023, he accepted the role of President, New Industries, where he leads efforts to find Daon’s “next big thing.”
  • Patrick Horgan, Valid8me – CEO and Co-Founder of valid8Me. Patrick is responsible for leading the development and global rollout of valid8Me, comprising general operations, business development strategy, and client relationships. Patrick is an experienced leader in the investment management and professional services industries, recognized for building and leading teams to deliver sustainable business value.
  • Stephen Walsh, Keeper Solutions – Stephen Edward Walsh has been working in the IT industry since 1994. In 2011, they founded Keeper Solutions, providing high-quality tailored fixed-price managed services to corporates, scaling tech firms and fintechs.


Our guest host on the podcast is Maria Gagic – who is currently SVP of Financial Technology and Services in the Enterprise Ireland New York office; Maria’s role is to support Irish Fintech companies to start and scale their businesses in the USA

This episode is hosted by Dave Byrne


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