Mike has managed and implemented strategic change in several companies across the spectrum of stages from start-up to acquisition, and across various industries. In 1987, he founded sensor company Neotech Industries Europe in partnership with a US company. Under his leadership, the workforce at the Northern Ireland company grew to more than 70 employees and the enterprise was sold to a US firm in 1992.
Between 1991 and 1997, Mike was VP of European Operations for Pulse Engineering Inc., where he led the management team that transformed the focus from high labour content operations to sales, marketing, research and development. From 1997 to 2011, Mike was Managing Director of building controls manufacturer and design company Europlex Technologies Ltd. During his tenure the Irish-based company successfully partnered with an Indian system integrator and set up a new R&D and manufacturing operation in India. In 2004, Mike led a management buyout at Europlex Technologies. The company was eventually sold to Siemens in 2007. Mike remained with Siemens until 2011 and set up a technology consulting company in late 2011.
Today Mike’s principal areas of interest are in the ICT sector, including telecommunications, software, control systems, electronics, medical devices, instrumentation, sensors, green technology and manufacturing. Mike works with potential technology spin-outs from Universities in advising, supporting and hands-on involvement in getting companies started and sustainable going forward. His advice to technology innovators is to ensure that the three main foundations of any start up – innovative technology with clear IPR, a validated and viable market and a good team – are part of the innovation process from the start and move forward in parallel.
In 2015, Cronan founded the Predict Conference in Dublin, became Chair of the Irish Software Association and joined the Government’s Open Data Governance Board.
Cronan has received the Trinity College Innovation Award (2010) in recognition for the success of Creme Global. Creme Global has been awarded the Deloitte Irish Technology Fast 50 award in every of the last six years (2010-2015) and the Deloitte Technology EMEA Fast 500 award twice (2011, 2012).
Cronan holds a BSc in Physics from University College Dublin (UCD), an MSc in High Performance Computing from Trinity College Dublin (TCD), a post graduate diploma in International Sales from the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and a certificate of completion from the CEO Accelerated Growth Programme in the Judge Business School in Cambridge University. It was during his time studying Physics in UCD that Cronan realised that computing and developing predictive models would be his life’s work.
Having developed his career with Ericsson in the mobile communications industry during the 1990’s, Philip founded and became CEO of CAPE Technologies, a pioneer and global leader in Revenue Assurance Solutions, acquired by the Sonae Group in 2007.
Philip is active in a number of industry bodies and has supported several technology start-ups and social enterprises, currently holding directorships in Sonalake, NDRC, Druid Software and Camara Ireland/Techspace.
Philip is a physics graduate of DCU and a qualified executive coach.
During the last 15 years Stefanie has been a key figure in making Know-Center a scientifically renowned organization with a rapidly growing international network of over 90 scientific organizations and more than 40 industry partners (such as Siemens, Magna Styr, AVL, Infonova (BearingPoint), Hyperwave, APA). She has extensive experience in the acquisition and management of applied research and technology transfer projects and infrastructure development. Together with company partners she is engaged in developing technologies and business models for the market exploitation of company content and data assets and effective utilization of user communities.
Stefanie has an excellent track record in obtaining EU and Austrian funding (more than € 44.5 million over the last 10 years) and leading large interdisciplinary research projects and groups, such as APOSDLE IP, MATURE IP, MIRROR IP, LAYERS IP, STELLAR NoE, EEXCESS IP, CODE. She has published more than 100 scientific papers in conferences and journals and supervised over a dozen of Ph.D. theses. Stefanie is Conference Chair of the I-Know conference series, Program Chair of EC-TEL 2012 and EDF 2015 conferences and a co-founder of the European Network of National Centers of Excellence in Big Data.
Stefanie earned her habilitation in Computer Science from Graz University of Technology (Austria), where she has been teaching undergraduate and graduate courses since 2002. She holds an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder (USA). Before joining Know-Center, she led various research projects at Daimler (Chrysler) Research in Ulm (Germany) and was a product manager for web-globalization services at GlobalSight in Boulder (USA).
Darina has a strong background in Financial Services, having spent 17 years in Stockbroking and in Private Banking. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI) and an Associate of the Institute of Taxation (AITI). Darina is a BA (Mod) Business and Economics graduate of Trinity College Dublin and completed the Diploma in Corporate Governance in the Smurfit School in 2013.
Maurice graduated with a B.Sc. (Computer Applications) from Dublin City University in 1991. In 2011 Maurice participated in the Enterprise Ireland Leadership 4 Growth Programme in Stanford University, a programme focused on strategic leadership. He currently serves on the Industry Advisory Board for the Centre for Applied Data Analytics Research (CeADAR) Technology Centre in UCD.
Aidan has worked with numerous companies, including Vodafone Ireland, ESB, AT&T and the European Commission, and graduated from the University College Cork (U.C.C) with a BSc in Computer Science (1990) and a post-graduate diploma in New Business Development (2005) from Dublin City University, Ireland.