Noreen Conway has been appointed the new Regional Outreach and Collaboration Manager for Galway Technology Centre (GTC). In this new role, Noreen will be responsible for managing stakeholder relationships and executing the regional partnership strategy for the Centre. This regional collaboration role, supported by Enterprise Ireland, will place the GTC at the centre of a growing tech ecosystem in the West region providing leadership and knowledge transfer to start-up’s and growing tech enterprises across Galway, Mayo and Roscommon and beyond.
Noreen has been Acting General Manager for GTC since the outset of 2021, during which time she oversaw the advancement of the Academy West project as well as the expansion and redevelopment of the co-working space. She was also the driving force behind the GTC’s award winning #ScalingOurLegacy event, as well as launching the #HomeandHub and #GTCConnect initiatives.
Before joining Galway Technology Centre in 2018, Noreen has previously been employed in financial services and management roles with AIB across the West/Midwest regions where she built up an impressive business network. This included time as the first Local Markey Engagement Manager in Galway Centre of Innovation District, where she established key relationships with start-ups as well as scaling and existing businesses throughout the region, fostering a strong commercial focus and extensive collaborations with multinational partners.
In her new position, Noreen will be working with all the GTC’s key partners nationally and locally, while there will also be a significant engagement with incubator clients and management of GTC’s regional network.
Speaking about the appointment, Oliver Daniels, GTC CEO said, “Everyone involve with Galway Technology Centre is delighted that Noreen has taken on this new position. She has been an immense asset to GTC for many years, especially during her time as Acting General Manager when she was instrumental in ensuring the further progression and expansion of the Centre.
“We are also lucky to have someone on board who has built such an extensive network throughout the regional business and technology community and who has already developed strong and lasting relationships with all our main stakeholders. These will be invaluable for the future prospects of not just GTC but also for all our members as they seek to scale their companies networks and further their corporate development,” he said.
“I’m delighted to be taking on this new role with GTC”, said Noreen Conway. “The whole purpose of this Centre since its creation in 1994 has been about supporting businesses to thrive and creating the connections and conditions that enable them to do so. This will be a key aspect of my remit and I am looking forward to working with all our members and stakeholders to ensure that the full potential of collaborative opportunities are harnessed and successfully realised,” she said.
GTC is the leading enterprise space dedicated to supporting and enabling the scaling of innovative businesses in the West of Ireland. A social enterprise, GTC was Ireland’s first innovation centre, founded in 1994. Over the years it has supported more than 300 companies who have created in excess of 3,000 jobs.