Denis CollinsWe are delighted to welcome Mr Denis Collins as our guest speaker at this year’s Awards & Showcase on Thursday 30th May.

Denis Collins has been with IBM for over 20 years and held a variety of leadership positions across IBM’s Sales & Distribution, Global Financing and Global Services organizations. These missions include global management, sales, finance, operations, offerings, product development, leasing, alternate channels. The roles have included local, national, and global span of control with focus across Small Medium Enterprise, Large Enterprise, Government, Public Sector, and Academia.

Denis has been recognised with 2013 European Union Framework 7 (FP7) selection for BeWiser, 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award from Shine Ireland for Autism, Advisory Leader for FORFAS and EGFSN, and noted in multiple Programme for Government Reports.

He is Chairman of the Board, European Tech Cluster – a leading organization of 300 companies, representing 300B globally, and 1B+ in Ireland annually which actively advises on government policy, industry leadership, and global growth. The organisation works closely with government, public sector, academia and recognized for their leadership regarding economic, educational and social achievements.

He is also a Board Director on Cork Chamber of Commerce, US Executive Circle/American Chamber of Commerce, Institute of Directors, Fordham University Global Alumni Association.

Denis is an appointed Spokesman and Industry Leader representing industry across television, print, radio, events, web on relevant topics including Industry/Government Policy, Entrepreneurship/Startups, Leadership/Vision, Collaborative Influence, Global Clusters, Smarter Planet, Cloud, Analytics, Big Data, Mobility, Security/Resiliency.

He has been been recognised with 2012 IBM Global Centennial Award for Smarter Senses, GTS Top Gun, Global Financing Leadership Team, Golden Circle, US Top Contributor Award, Top Manager, BestFest, Platinum Key.

And as if that wasn’t enough, he is also leading a very exciting new initiative called DealStart which aims to match make start-ups with multi-national companies to facilitate that all important ‘foot in the door’ engagement.

Denis will present each Greenshoots entrepreneur with a plaque, beautifully crafted by James Hickey of Carving Mad Woodcraft and he will also share some of his own story in his key note speech.