Tuesday 19 September 2017

Young Irish business stars in London for event

Simon Phelan (25), William McQuillan (29), Sarah McCabe, Hazel Mulhare (27) and Irish Ambassador in London Daniel Mulhall
Simon Phelan (25), William McQuillan (29), Sarah McCabe, Hazel Mulhare (27) and Irish Ambassador in London Daniel Mulhall

"Technology is not over-saturated" William McQuillan told an audience of young Irish business people at the Irish Embassy in central London on Wednesday night. "Technology will eventually govern everything we do, so there's no limit to the opportunities for people starting careers in tech."

Mr McQuillan, a founding partner in technology-focused venture capital firm Frontline Ventures, was speaking at an event celebrating the Irish Independent's 2014 "30 under 30" shortlist of the country's most successful young business people.

Hazel Mulhare, vice president at financial services recruitment firm Kea Consultants, and Simon Phelan, an executive at John Moulton's hedge fund Better Capital and chief executive of Spicers Ireland, also took part.

In a panel discussion chaired by Irish Independent/Sunday Independent business journalist Sarah McCabe, they urged young Irish executives in the UK to use the Irish business community and the "cultural currency" enjoyed by Irish people living abroad.

The event was arranged by the London Irish Graduate Network. Irish Ambassador in London Daniel Mulhall, also speaking, said private sector experience is enriching to diplomats.

Irish Independent

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