Leading business mentor, `Dragon's Den' star, and former Irish presidential candidate tells the inside story of how over 40 Irish-based businesses have become hugely successful.
Drawn from articles Sean has written for the `Sunday Independent', `Secrets to Success' is a compilation of inspiring stories of successful Irish-based entrepreneurs and business leaders including: Voxpro, Tayto Park/Largo Foods, One4All, Realex Payments, Wallace Myers International, Teelings Whiskey and Flahavans. It teaches valuable lessons from entrepreneurs about their journey from start-up to success. We learn about their backgrounds and what shaped them, how they came up with their killer business ideas, as well as the challenges that confronted them along the way and while they have enjoyed the sweet taste of victory, all, without exception, have known times of bitter defeat. Sean is convinced that what can be learned from Ireland's microcosm of entrepreneurial endeavour can be applied anywhere in the world.
A recognised champion of business, Sean has over the past 20 years mentored hundreds of start-up and emerging entrepreneurs. He founded a number of companies in technology, commercial real estate and consulting, been an investor in `Dragon's Den' (`Shark Tank' in the USA), a finalist in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards and was a runner-up in the 2011 Irish presidential election. Sean was previously appointed by the Irish Government to the boards of FAS (the country's national employment and training agency) and Intertrade Ireland, which promotes economic co-operation across Ireland where he served as Chair of the board's Equity Network Initiative helping to promote venture capital and business angel investment in early-stage businesses.