Mary McKenna is a well known Irish technology entrepreneur and angel investor. She co-founded the successful Derry based e-learning company Learning Pool.
Mary is interested in helping start and grow indigenous Irish tech companies and especially in working with female entrepreneurs. She has invested in six early stage tech startups to date, three with female founding teams, and is Lead Entrepreneur for Ireland’s NW region as part of the DFA’s Back for Business programme.
She is one of the Entrepreneurship Experts at Saïd Business School, an advisor to several governments, an EU Horizon 2020 innovation 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.