Fiona Neary, NUI Galway – A finalist in the WMB Empowering Women Award category

18th April 2022

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Here, we introduce you to Fiona Neary, NUI Galwaya finalist in the WMB Empowering Women Award category.

Title and University:

Innovation Operations Manager at NUI Galway.

Sector and size of operation

Education – 22k students and 2.5k staff.

You originally hail from

Born in London and moved to Galway at age 8. I now live in Oranmore, Galway.

Single or relationship

Married to Adrian with 3 teenagers.

What is the best part of your job

Helping start-ups through their commercial journey as an entrepreneur, mentoring them and watching them grow.

Getting involved in new impactful initiatives every year.

And the most challenging

Dealing with Public sector constraints.

Your definition of success

Doing a job you love.

Best trait

Extremely supportive and I like to make a difference every day.

Worst trait

Can’t say ‘no’.

Biggest ‘win’ to date?

Professionally: In 2018 I raised €1.6m and delivered Ireland’s first Medtech accelerator called Bioexel. I’ve worked with 14 companies who have raised €13.6m in funding to date and employ 52 people.

Personally: Having 3 teenagers in a good place.

Who inspires you most

Dad & Michael Bublé

Name two things on your ‘bucket list’

Visit Vietnam & do a skydive

What does it mean for you to be a woman in business today

Being strong, having a voice, credibility that I have earned my way in life through hard work, experiences gained and determination.

Best advice to pass on

People will listen if what you have to say is; helpful, organised, strategic, adds value and comes from the heart.