As a venture coach and expert in investor communications, Irene has been a fixture in the European start-up community for the past 18 years, helping more than 800 start-ups across all tech sectors to raise funding.
Her experience ranges from advising start-up companies in the pre-seed, seed and series A stages as well as accompanying IPOs.
Irene founded her consultancy firm, MessageLab, in London in 2000 and made a mark for herself by developing and running the pitch format for London Business Angels, the UK's largest business angels network, for several years with seven pitch sessions per year, which was well received by investors and with over 70% of the companies receiving funding.
Irene currently works with the most successful incubator in Europe, imec in Belgium, as well as the ING Fintech Village, and, more recently, has become involved with New Space coaching the first two cohorts of "Seraphim Space Camp" in 2018, Europe's first VC-led Space Accelerator.
Irene started her career in business journalism for "The Wall Street Journal" and CNBC television before moving into tech PR and starting her own business.
Female entrepreneurship is close to her heart and she worked for several years as a mentor for Astia, a global organisation offering support to female entrepreneurs.
Irene continues to be a freelance lecturer specialising in entrepreneurship, investor communications and pitching skills at three universities: Imperial Business School, London; Danish Technical University Business School (DTU), Copenhagen and Jacobs University, Bremen.LinkedIn