Mary Rodgers

Position Chief Executive Officer – Galway City Innovation District

Company profile

Galway City Innovation District is a space for community collaboration and connectedness. Formed in 2015 to develop a downtown Galway City Innovation District GCID currently has two innovation hubs in the heart of downtown Galway City Centre. The focus of the PorterShed Hubs is growing indigenous tech start-ups and innovating existing and new technologies. Home to 40 plus tech start-ups the PorterShed is a hive of activity, In addition to the creation of high value sustainable jobs in the West of Ireland the PorterShed also host a range of Arts, Culture and Creative Industry supports, including monthly art exhibitions, GameJams, Little Cinema, Baboro and more. The PorterShed buildings are a living space with an open door policy, welcoming entrepreneurs across all sectors to engage and learn together.

Personal/Professional Profile

CEO of Galway City Innovation District, Mary promotes ecosystem building activities to support the creation of high-value sustainable jobs in the West and North West of Ireland. An Entrepreneur Amplifier Mary nurtures a transformative culture at the PorterShed Galway, supporting globally-focused tech startups and facilitating technology innovation and collaboration.

Mary is an accomplished executive with domestic and international experience in startup supports including mentoring, business development, scaling and fundraising. Mary has worked with both start-ups up and growth organisations throughout her career. She is results orientated with a focus on achieving excellence in dynamic demanding environments while remaining pragmatic and solution-focused.

An impactful advisor and people manager, Mary has the ability to influence and deliver strategic business goals, she is progressive, positive and always open to new ideas. Previous experience includes US Market entry Consultancy, Mentor for Local Enterprise Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Rethink Ireland, Social Enterprise Mentor, VP at Credit Suisse NYC.

Get in touch: I 086-3298976
Twitter @PorterShed @GCID @statesideportal

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