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Independent Evaluation

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External and Independent Evaluation


My experience with working with startups as Manager of Enterprise Acceleration Centre, now working as a training provider to New Frontiers and other management development programmes, and also working directly with startups and SMEs preparing Investor Ready Business Plans and Grant applications makes me an ideal candidate for External and Independent Evaluation.


Business Plan Review


I can review your business plan in advance of submission to an Enterprise Agency or Financial Institution for a grant or loan application. I also review plans in advance of submission to Investors. I will provide detailed feedback in the form of a section by section report.This will include analysis of all elements of the plan to include financial projections and the core messages of the plan to include the Executive Summary.


Business Angel investors …. I also review Business Plans on behalf of Business Angel Investors in terms of shortlisting proposals, detailed due diligence and reviewing plans of action tied to tranche payment investments. I am a non Executive Director of 2 Irish based Startups.


InterTrade Ireland Seedcorn Competition

In 2016, Donncha was engaged by InterTrade Ireland (following a tender process) as a member of the Business Plan Review and Shortlisting panel for the Seedcorn competition. The shortlist attended masterclasses and the Regional Finals.


I have a long association with Seedcorn as the image below will testify!

All-island Seedcorn competition - Briefing in LIT July 2008

All-island Seedcorn competition – Briefing in LIT July 2008 with Grainne Lennon and Graham Royce.


Competitive Start Fund : Enterprise Ireland


Competitive Start Fund logo

Enterprise Ireland

I was delighted to be selected, following a tender submission, by Enterprise Ireland as a member of the External Evaluation Panel for the Competitive Start Fund – €50k equity investment to support eligible early stage start-up companies. Learn more about the type of companies supported and the next closing date for applications.



The criteria by which applications are evaluated is available on the Enterprise Ireland website.


CSF criteria

The Original Criteria


SCCUL Enterprise Awards

I was asked to be a Judge for the SCCUL Enterprise Awards in Galway in 2013, 2014 and 2015 .



Prize fund of over €50,000 divided among overall winner and category winners


Student Enterprise Awards : Limerick City Enterprise Board


student enterprise - City & County Enterprise Boards


I have acted as a Judge on behalf of Limerick City Enterprise Board for the City element of the National Student Enterprise Awards. It is a very enjoyable and rewarding experience. I attended the national finals in Croke Park a few years ago and it was fantastic.


Training Programme Evaluation

In 2013, I undertook a major review of the first two years of Ennis Innovate. The methodology included:

•  A survey of participants (using a Google Form)

•  Interviews with Board Members

•  Interviews with Participants

Using the Kirkpatrick Four-Level Training Evaluation Model, the benefit to participants and the impact of the programme was assessed based on:

• Reaction – The degree to which the learners liked the learning process will be assessed by reviewing Feedback sheets and other records (and via discussion with the Director).

• Learning – The extent to which the learners perceive that they have gained valuable knowledge and skills will be assessed during interviews and via the questionnaire.

• Behavior – The changes in ‘job performance’ resulted from the learning process will also be assessed during interviews and the questionnaire- reflection on progress made in the journey towards startup by participants will be asked of all stakeholders to include reflection by participants (and their teams) on how they have benefited.

• Results – Measurement of tangible results of the Ennis Innovate programme with regard to stated Outputs for clients depending on their stage of development.

Kirkpatrick’s model is an excellent monitoring, evaluating, and future planning tool. The final report, presented to the Board in September 2013, included analysis of the impact of the programme in terms of Jobs Created, Combined Turnover and other metrics.


Please contact me if you wish to discuss how I can assist you as an External Independent Evaluator.