Professor Robert Rosenberg has served as the Director of Entrepreneurial Programs at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth School of Business, Chicago, lllinois. A leader in the development of Chicago’s angel community, the creation of the Chicago’s Innovation Exchange and the city’s strategy for technology development. Having worked in entrepreneurship and the knowledge economy as an educator, researcher, entrepreneur, investor and mentor Robert brings 3 decades of experience and leadership in academic, corporate and government collaborations.
Gillian Buckley is the WDC’s Investment Manager. She has over 25 years’ experience in investing, managing and advising SMEs across a broad range of sectors. She brought the WDC Investment Fund from its concept to reality, negotiating both the original €32m exchequer allocation and devising the Evergreen Strategy which has allowed the Fund to become self-financing since 2010. She has overseen the investment of over €44m in 122 SME, community and micro enterprises. She is also a director of the Irish Venture Capital Association and a member of the European Venture Capital Association.
BioExel is a partnership programme funded by Enterprise Ireland, Galway University Foundation, Bank of Ireland Seed and Early Stage Equity Fund, the Western Development Commission and hosted by NUI Galway.
BioExel has the potential to support up to 14 SMEs based in the Western Region from 2017 to 2019.
Bank of Ireland Seed and Early Stage Equity Fund have committed €300,000 to the programme.