Sean O’Sullivan, President & Founder
Sean O’Sullivan is managing director of SOSventures International, an investment management operation with returns averaging 27% over the past 15 years. Sean has invested in over 100 companies, six of which became public companies or divisions of public companies listed on the Nasdaq or NYSE. In 1985, upon graduation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he founded MapInfo which became a $200 million public company with over 1,000 employees worldwide. His first internet company, NetCentric, pioneered many concepts in internet computing, and he has been recognised as the co-creator of the term “cloud computing”. A major promoter of global economic and social development, he founded JumpStart International a leading humanitarian engineering group based in Baghdad and operating throughout Iraq during the post-war period of 2003-2006. An advocate of STEM education, he has funded organizations such as the Khan Academy and CoderDojo.
Sean is also co-founder and managing director of Carma, which has its headquarters in Cork. Carma is a 30 person technology firm with offices in Ireland and the United States. The company is a world leading company in efficient mobility, adding cars and vans to the public transport network.
Kelly Kirkpatrick, Program manager
Based in Cork, Ireland, Kelly manages grants and implements special foundation projects.