Authors

PAULA FITZSIMONS is the founder of Fitzsimons Consulting, which specialises in entrepreneurship and growth. Paula has been the national coordinator for the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) for Ireland since 2000. She previously served for several years on the governing body of GERA, the Global Entrepreneurship Research Association, as President of the national teams.

Paula is also the director of Going for Growth, which is focused on peer support as a means of assisting female entrepreneurs who wish to grow their businesses. Designed to address a gap in enterprise development, the Going for Growth initiative has been supported from the beginning by Enterprise Ireland. KPMG has more recently become involved in also sponsoring the initiative. Nine cycles have now been completed and over 500 female entrepreneurs have availed of the opportunity to be supported to realise their growth ambitions. Going was Growth was awarded the European Enterprise Award 2015, Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills, and featured extensively in a book Inclusive Business Creation – Good Practice Compendium, published in May 2016 by the OECD and European Commission.

ACORNS was designed, developed and implemented by Fitzsimons Consulting to support early stage female entrepreneurs living in rural Ireland. The innovative initiative was funded under the CEDRA 2015 Rural Innovation and Development Fund through the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Following the successful conclusion of the pilot, Fitzsimons Consulting was awarded the contract to further develop and implement the initiative. ACORNS 2 has now been completed and ACORNS 3 will get underway in the autumn. Participants from the pilot and ACORNS 2 are being offered the opportunity to participate in a further development phase

CONTACT DETAILS:
Paula Fitzsimons • Tel: +353 1 845 0770 • E-mail: paula@fitzsimons-consulting.com

COLM O’GORMAN is Professor of Entrepreneurship at Dublin City University Business School.

His research focuses on entrepreneurship, innovation, and growth in new firms and in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Specifically, he has studied the growth strategies of SMEs, the nature of managerial work in high growth SMEs, mission statements in SMEs, and internationalisation processes in International New Ventures, and in SMEs.

He has explored the emergence of high-tech firms in the context of cluster dynamics, including a study of the factors that led to the rapid emergence of the software industry in Ireland during the 1990s. He has examined innovation processes in large firms. Colm has published in international peer-reviewed journals such as Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, European Planning Studies, Journal of Small Business Management, International Marketing Review, Organisational Dynamics, R&D Management, Small Business Economics, and Venture Capital. He has completed several European Union funded research projects. He is

Colm has published in international peer-reviewed journals such as Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, European Planning Studies, Journal of Small Business Management, International Marketing Review, Organisational Dynamics, R&D Management, Small Business Economics, and Venture Capital. He has completed several European Union funded research projects. He is co-author of ‘Enterprise in Action’, a text book on entrepreneurship for Irish students. He has co-authored eight teaching cases studies on entrepreneurship published by the European Case Clearing House, including several award winning cases.

CONTACT DETAILS:
Colm O’Gorman • Tel: +353 1 700 6941 • E-mail: colm.ogorman@dcu.ie