Donncha Hughes - Trainer, Mentor and Business Advisor

Principal at Donncha Hughes



Current location


Work category

General Management



Profile Activity

I specialise in working with technology and professional services SMEs and startups. I provide mentoring, hands on consultancy, and training to help promoters to grow their businesses. I graduated from NUIG with a Masters in Marketing. I worked for 7.5 years with IBEC and was then appointed Manager of Limerick Institute of Technology's on campus incubation centre in June 2006. Within 4 years the centre had reached capacity. During this time, Graham Royce and I developed the LEAP programme. I now work with strategic partners such as Bridgewater Management, Brian O'Kane, Stateside Solutions, Synergy BDS and SMART Marketing to deliver programmes such as Start Your Own Business, Women in Business, New Frontiers and various Management Development programmes.


Donncha Hughes's Professional Experience

2012 - Present

Donncha Hughes - Principal

Working with promoters of startup and micro enterprise to grow their businesses. My areas of expertise are marketing, sales and strategy. I focus on getting things done.

I work with strategic partners to include Bridgewater Management, SMART Marketing, and Synergy Coaching to deliver training programmes for organisations in the public and private sector.

Key Skills
Business Plan Preparation Business Plan Review financial projections Grant Applications (R&D, Feasibility, Innovation Vouchers etc) Marketing Mentoring Social Media strategy Trainer
2011 - Present

Bridgewater Management - Training Associate

Coordinate and deliver training programmes for Enterprise Agencies in Ireland. Start Your own Business, New Frontiers, Accelerate - drive your business forward, Getting Irish Business Online, SMARTApp and Women in Business. Galway, Limerick, Clare, Tipperary, Dublin and Dundalk

Key Skills
Business Development of Business Challenger Business Plan Review Start Your Own Business Training - Business Development Training - Marketing for Startups
2010 - 2010

Goshido - Chief Operating Officer

Manage all stages of Customer Interface to promote and deliver positive engagement with the company to grow and develop Goshido as the recognised Global Market Leading Provider of Project Collaboration Software.

2006 - 2010

Limerick Institute of Technology - Enterprise Acceleration Centre Manager

Key responsibilities of Incubation Centre Manager

 Assisting clients to develop their businesess
 Training programme delivery
 Centre Financial management
 Marketing including media liaison and website development
 Facilitating linkages between clients and Limerick Institute of Technology

Key Skills
financial management Marketing website development
1999 - 2006

Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC) - Business Development Executive

Key responsibilities as Business Development Executive

 Business Policy Formulation
 Membership Development
 Media Liaison
 Event Management

Key Skills
Business Development Event Management

Donncha Hughes's Education and Qualifications


Bachelor/Degree - IBEC National Certificate in Employment Law, Human Resources and Industrial Relations

National College of Ireland


Bachelor/Degree - Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing

National University of Ireland, Galway


Bachelor/Degree - MBS, Marketing

National University of Ireland, Galway


Bachelor/Degree - Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing

National University of Ireland, Galway


Bachelor/Degree - MBS, Marketing

National University of Ireland, Galway


Masters/PostGrad - Masters of Business Studies (MBS)

National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG)

Donncha Hughes's Additional Information


• Sports particularly Tennis, Hurling (traditional Irish team field game) and Manchester United FC
• Reading – Sport & History
• General interest in Information Technology and Trends in all industries