Joe O'Keeffe - Hi Tech Entrepreneur

Hi-Tech Startup Advisor (Venture Nanny) at Setupinireland



Current location


Work category

IT and Technology



I am an experienced Entrepreneur with a strong commercial & technical background in a wide spectrum of industries and a proven track record in business start-up, funding and commercial development. I have been the driver behind at least ten hi-tech startups, either as a promoter, founder or advisor, in the last ten years. The industries include Medical Devices, ICT, BioTech, Life Science, Networking, Internet, Software, Manufacturing, Semiconductors and Optics.

Joe O'Keeffe's Professional Experience

2011 - Present

ScienceWorks Ventures Limited - Founder/Director/CEO

ScienceWorks is a hi-tech startup accelerator which is structured as an investment opportunity for investors looking for a hi-tech startup portfolio.

2011 - Present

InfiniLED - Founder/Director/CEO

Novel MicroLED technology for applications such as analytical equipment, LCD back lighting and mask-less lithography

2009 - Present

Setupinireland - Hi-Tech Startup Advisor (Venture Nanny)

Why the term ‘Venture Nanny’? Relative to a Venture Capitalist, which invests money but little else, Joe is willing to invest his time, blood, sweat and experience in interesting hi-tech ideas to get them off the ground. His focus is in getting new companies to a stage where they have an experienced management team, sufficient funding and a verifiable as well as a realistic business plan.

2008 - 2011

EnBIO - Founder/Chief Commercial Officer/Director/Director

Irish start-up with technology for applying coatings to medical implants

2004 - 2011

SensL - Founder / Chief Commercial Officer / Director

Irish start-up producing low light detectors/systems for security, biomedical & cancer imaging applications.

2003 - 2003

NanoComms - Promoter / Chief Operations Officer / Director

Irish microtechnology start-up producing biophotonic microsystems

2000 - 2003

Inflow - Managing Director

Inflow (Taken over by Data Electronics) was an US based Internet infrastructure, data center and telecommunications company

Key Skills
data electronics internet Telecommunications
1999 - 2000

MVT Limited - COO

Automated PCB Inspection Systems

Key Skills
1997 - 1999

Pentus Technologies - CEO/Founder

Specialist Automated PCB Assembly Systems

Key Skills
1986 - 1990

Joe O'Keeffe's Education and Qualifications


Masters/PostGrad - MBA

Dublin City University


Masters/PostGrad - IT & Computer Applications

Dublin City University


Bachelor/Degree - Electronic Engineering

University College Dublin

Joe O'Keeffe's Additional Information




Entrepreneurship & hi-tech startups

My pet hate is the lack of success in turning government R&D expenditure into successful startups in Ireland!!