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Mary McKenna MBE

Mary McKenna MBE

Entrepreneur & angel investor

Mary McKenna is a Northern Irish exited serial tech entrepreneur and angel investor. She co-founded and subsequently sold successful online learning business Learning Pool. Since selling her company, Mary has worked extensively with early stage and scaling ventures across the entire European ecosystem. She has angel invested in 30 or so early stage tech startups to date and in July 2020 she co-founded social enterprise AwakenHub, an all-Ireland female founder community. AwakenHub has 3,000 members and last year launched Ireland’s first and only women-led angel syndicate, AwakenAngels.

Mary is a distinguished visiting Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Oxford and she is both the European Female Business Angel of the Year 2023/24 and the UK Business Angels Association UK Angel of the Year 2023/24. Mary works as an Innovation Expert for the EU on their flagship €9bn EIC Accelerator, part of Horizon Europe. She is a visible role model, commentator and speaker, well respected in the EU’s tech community and frequently quoted in the media.

Mary was awarded an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen in the 2014 New Year’s Honours for services to digital technology, innovation and learning.