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Based in Galway - working with clients across Ireland.

Mentoring & Business Consultancy

Donncha provides private consultancy to startups and small business. He is also a mentor with Enterprise Ireland and Galway Local Enterprise Office.


Track Record

Donncha has worked as a mentor and consultant with startups and SMEs operating in a wide variety of market sectors to include: food, Internet of Things, Software, eLearning, consumer electronics, construction, professional services and B2B products.

Role of a Mentor

The role of the Mentor is to share wisdom gained from experience and learning. The mentor’s principal function is to listen and to ask questions. 


Mentors help the clients to explore their goals and ideas for the future and to help them realistically appraise their current situation. As plans develop the role is to challenge and support the execution of the client’s plans and to assist them keep track with their objectives.


Mentors are not encouraged to solve the problems for the client, rather to help clients develop the capability to solve their own problems.


Mentors do not carry out the work on behalf of the client but can be a source of guidance and advice for them. The mentor may offer advice and opinion, but the mentor is not a consultant. Responsibility for decision-making rests solely with the client.

Source: Clare CEB Tender Request Document 2012

“Donncha was a key contributor in helping me start my new business. As the manager of the Enterprise Acceleration Centre he accomodated my team in a progressive business incubation facility. He advised us on many aspects of business fundamentals, particularly in his expert domain of Market Research and Marketing. He is a charismatic professional who knows how to do business with people.” January 7, 2010

John Twomey

Managing Director, Emutex when Donncha Hughes worked at Limerick Institute of Technology

Please contact Enterprise Ireland and/or your Local Enterprise Office to discuss how to apply for a Mentor.


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