Mary McKenna is a well known Donegal based technology entrepreneur and angel investor. She co-founded successful Northern Irish e-learning company Learning Pool following a long public sector career and a spell as a Silicon Valley dotcommer and exited from the business in 2014 so that she could return to working with earlier stage startups. Mary is interested in helping start and grow indigenous Irish and UK tech companies and especially in working with female entrepreneurs. She has invested in 6 early stage tech startups to date, 3 with female founding teams.
She is one of the Entrepreneurship Experts with the Entrepreneurship Centre at Saïd Business School (University of Oxford), an advisor to several governments, an EU Horizon 2020 judge, a trustee of the Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology and the first ever entrepreneur in residence at St Mary’s College, an all-girls secondary school in the Creggan area of Derry.
Mary was awarded the MBE by Her Majesty the Queen in the 2014 New Year’s Honours for services to digital technology, innovation and learning.