3 Inspiring Start-Up Stories at IGNITE Information Evening

6 May 2014
Pat Lynch, IGNITE Advisory Board; Stephanie Lynch,; Jonathan Healy, Newstalk; Sinead Doherty, AnaBio Technologies Ltd; Brendan Finucane, Vconnecta

A capacity audience heard three inspiring start-up stories at the IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme Open Information Evening on Tuesday 6th May.

The highlight of the evening was a highly motivating discussion featuring three of the participants from IGNITE 2013.

Stephanie Lynch is founder of, a website that profiles ‘hidden gem’ destinations for tourists, ( Brendan Finucane is founder of Vconnecta Ltd, developers of a mobile platform for political campaign management, ( and Dr Sinéad Doherty of AnaBio Technologies Ltd, who provides encapsulation solutions to the food and pharma industries, (

The panel also included Pat Lynch, serial entrepreneur, member of the IGNITE Advisory Board and Stephanie’s Dad. Pat founded MicroTech Cleanroom Services following redundancy from Seagate Technology in 1998. He has since gone on to be involved in a number of successful start-ups.

Jonathan Healy of Newstalk kept the discussion lively.

In a wide ranging discussion, the panelists spoke about the inspiration for their business ideas, what encouraged them to take the first steps, the highs and lows they have experienced to date, the support provided by IGNITE and their plans for the future.

Among the audience were IGNITE alumni Mike McGrath of, Liam Ryan of MR Food Innovation, Jayne Ronayne of KonnectAgain as well as IGNITE mentors Anne Moore, Neil O’Brien and John McCarthy and members of the IGNITE Advisory Board Dick Lehane, Paul Sutton and Sean O’Sullivan.


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