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30 under 30: The best and brightest of Ireland's rising business stars

From AI to milking sheep, some of the youthful leaders of our most exciting firms gathered at Dublin’s Dean Hotel to meet Sean Pollock

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Left to right, back row — Mark Canavan, Paul Walsh, Michael Crosse, Brendan Crosse, 
Second row — Ryan O’Neill, Irene Villafane, Ross Lawless, Johanna Dooley, Chloe Best, Aoife Mullane, Lara Pairceir, Laura Brennan, Patryk Szafranski, Orla Stafford, Niall Kilcullen, Jamie Haughton
First row — Eoghan Mulcahy, Will Ben Sims, Aimee-Louise Carton, Rónán Ó Dálaigh, Wendy Oke, Rhona Togher, David McParland
Floor — Will Conaghan, Neil Dunne, Rónán Dowling-Cullen, Dan Nugent.  Photo: Steve Humphreys

Left to right, back row — Mark Canavan, Paul Walsh, Michael Crosse, Brendan Crosse, Second row — Ryan O’Neill, Irene Villafane, Ross Lawless, Johanna Dooley, Chloe Best, Aoife Mullane, Lara Pairceir, Laura Brennan, Patryk Szafranski, Orla Stafford, Niall Kilcullen, Jamie Haughton First row — Eoghan Mulcahy, Will Ben Sims, Aimee-Louise Carton, Rónán Ó Dálaigh, Wendy Oke, Rhona Togher, David McParland Floor — Will Conaghan, Neil Dunne, Rónán Dowling-Cullen, Dan Nugent. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Left to right, back row — Mark Canavan, Paul Walsh, Michael Crosse, Brendan Crosse, Second row — Ryan O’Neill, Irene Villafane, Ross Lawless, Johanna Dooley, Chloe Best, Aoife Mullane, Lara Pairceir, Laura Brennan, Patryk Szafranski, Orla Stafford, Niall Kilcullen, Jamie Haughton First row — Eoghan Mulcahy, Will Ben Sims, Aimee-Louise Carton, Rónán Ó Dálaigh, Wendy Oke, Rhona Togher, David McParland Floor — Will Conaghan, Neil Dunne, Rónán Dowling-Cullen, Dan Nugent. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Shane Curran (19), Evervault

Only twice has a BT Young Scientist winner persuaded the world’s most successful Silicon Valley venture capital firm to back them. The first was Limerick’s Patrick Collison with Stripe, the €32bn online firm founded with brother John. The second was 19-year-old Dubliner Shane Curran.

In September, he landed almost €3m in seed funding from Sequoia Capital, the elite firm that backed Google, Oracle, PayPal, Instagram, WhatsApp and Apple before taking a chance on Stripe. Kleiner Perkins, another Silicon Valley VC giant, also participated. But when Collison did it, he was already based in California. It is unprecedented for such tech giants to partake in a seed fund based in Ireland and run by a teenager.


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