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Thomas Cooney


Thomas specialises in developing the entrepreneurial capabilities of individuals, organisations and countries.

As Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and CEO of Grow Your Business, Thomas’s mission is to enhance the entrepreneurial capabilities of individuals, organisations and countries through excellence in teaching, mentoring, research and advocacy.

Thomas is also Academic Director of the DIT ‘Institute for Minority Entrepreneurship’; Adjunct Professor at the University of Turku (Finland); editor of the “Small Enterprise Research” journal; a Fellow of the European Council for Small Business; and a member of the European Entrepreneurship Education NETwork (EE-HUB.EU) Expert Group.

Previously, Thomas has collaborated with the European Commission, Enterprise Ireland, OECD and the Irish Government in directive and advisory capacities. He holds a PhD in "Fast-Growth Firms and Entrepreneurial Teams: An Investigation Of The Structures And Strategies Employed By Firms In The U.S. And Irish Software Industry” by Trinity College and a MBA by the University of Bradford.