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Growing an Early Stage Company – Execution is Everything

TechBrew Cork, run by it@cork in partnership with Technology Ireland is an informal gathering of software company management and technology leaders, getting together to chat over a bite and a beer.

Wednesday 14th November 2018 at 7pm

NSC Campus, Mahon, Cork

Execution ability is cited as the ultimate key ingredient for success. With Execution ability a bad idea can be fixed, a bad plan can be fixed, the market can be adjusted to and a successful path can be found. Great Leaders have it, great teams are attracted to it, investors seek it, businesses learn faster for it and great businesses come from it. So what is Execution Ability?

Hear from experienced Tech CEOs on their experiences and stories on Execution Ability:

  • How Great Execution accelerates start-ups into its initial markets and growth
  • How Execution helps your business learn faster, no matter your stage of development
  • Why Investors seek it?
  • What traits and characteristics highlight this Execution Ability? It’s Not Charisma, Not Eloquence, Not Celebrity
  • What enables business leaders to have more Execution Ability?

Hear from 3 speakers and open discussion covering views from Experienced Tech CEOs, Start-up and Early Stage Tech CEOs, former Tech Start-up founders, Private Investors and more…

TechBrew event format:

  • 2 to 4 speakers
  • Each speaker would have 15 to 30 minutes speaking time with Q&A
  • Soap box style, no slides, informal setting
  • Facilitated and seeking interaction and questioning from the audience
  • Themes selected are real current issues for companies, thus seeking to add immediate value to participants businesses. ie: less about future trends and more about real opportunities today


Refreshments will be provided on the evening.

Facilitated by: Donagh Kiernan, Tenego Partnering

This event is kindly sponsored by the NSC Campus





Anchor Sponsors



Allan F. Beechinor

CEO Altada

Allan F. Beechinor, Serial CEO and Founder, Altada Technology Solutions, has 20 years of technology experience in Data Governance, transformation, AI and Data Science, Founding member of Algo Data Analytical and Altada: AI, RegTech, FinTech, EdTech, HealthTech and Blockchain technology solutions.

Working closely with University College Dublin, MSc Data Science internship program. Allan is a member of the Artificial Intelligence Thought leader Group of Ireland, worked closely with Irish Government bodies for example Irish Development Authority to develop Ireland’s strategy, “Ireland the AI island and contributed to Ireland’s first National MSc for AI.

Shemas Eivers

Co-Owner of the National Software Centre

Shemas is the Co-Owner of the National Software Centre, Cork and co-founder of IT@Cork Industry Organisation. He is of Chairman of Boole Investment Syndicate (Halo Business Angles Network) investing in many start-up and early stage companies.

Shemas has built and sold several companies over the years. He is co-founder of Client Solutions, a software services company, which is 25 years old with operations in Ireland, Poland and Spain. He has recently led a management buy back of that company. He is one of 5 people given an IT Pioneer Award by the Irish Computer Society when it celebrated 50 years of IT in Ireland. Inducted into the CorkBIC Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in 2013 for services to the IT Industry.

(Dr) Jim Costello

Chair & Chief Executive, Compliance and Risks

(Dr) Jim Costello is currently Chair and Chief Executive of Compliance and Risks, a Global Software as a Service (SaaS) company for regulation management based in East Cork.

Previously he spent 12 years as CEO of SouthWestern ( SWS ) where he grew the organisation from a staff of 35 in 2003 to over 1000 people by 2015 from its headquarters in Clonakilty . SouthWestern was sold to Capita Plc in August 2014 and Jim remained as Chairperson until earlier this year. He graduated college with a degree in accounting and in his early career, he was Finance Director for Unisys Corporation in Europe. He left that function and became General Manager of Unisys Managed Services in France and then Global Managing Director of the Unisys/Dell Managed Services Alliance, a US$ 120 million managed services business based out of Philadelphia. He joined SouthWestern in 2003 as the company tried to move from its processing contract with the Irish Department of Agriculture into a full business process outsourcing company. He led this successful transition over the next 12 years through difficult financial structures and several ownerships. Following a period as Chairman of Compliance and Risks, Jim took on the role of Chief Executive driving the company through an accelerating growth period. Compliance and Risks was recently a finalist of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year programme, and its software protects the brands of the leading manufacturing companies around the world through regulation management. Costello is an accountant (FCMA) and also studied at the University of Ulster (MSc) , Stanford University, California and has a Phd in Data Governance from University College Cork. He has also served on the advisory board for Business Information Systems in UCC for the past 5 years.