OpenCoffee Club

Place for people who love startups to hang out and meet


Letterkenny OpenCoffee

OpenCoffee Letterkenny is an informal meet-up for anyone interested in startups, entrepreneurship, technology, and/or coffee. Next Meeting: Thursday, July 29 from 9:30am to 10:30am at CoLab beside LYIT

Website: http://
Location: Letterkenny
Members: 20
Latest Activity: Mar 11, 2014

OpenCoffee Letterkenny is an informal meet-up for anyone interested in startups, entrepreneurship, technology, and/or coffee. Next Meeting: Thursday, April 29 from 9:30am to 10:30mam at CoLab beside LYIT

• Speed networking (quick introductory chats)
• tips and tricks for social networking

Key Discussion Points from meeting on March 25:
* Low cost tools for SMEs
* Making contact in the US
* How to develop leads in the following sectors: retail, medical devices

Key Discussion Points from Meeting on Feb 18:
* Thanks for the great turnout. Hopefully you found it useful.
* More people should post profiles on this site. That way we will know more about each other for purposes of follow on networking or collaborating on tenders.
* Most people liked the idea of having a set time and date for meetings and mornings suited most folks. Last Thursday of the month at 9:30am - 10:30am @LYIT is the new standing date. We will have some evening events, but the group decided to go with morning meetings for now
* The group is interested in using the OpenCoffee LK site to share info on jobs, tenders etc.
* The group is v. interested in cross border opps. Future meetings with OpenCoffee Derry to be arranged. The group is also interested in profiling Donegal in a more positive light.

Discussion Forum

Group is dead?

Hi,The only messages I've received from this group in the past 3 years have been SPAM, so I assume the group is basically dead and it's time to leave the group.RegardsMickContinue

Started by Mick Timony Mar 11, 2014.

Question: How can you tell which Sales techniques yield the best results?

Look at it this way-Change for changes sake is a pointless exercise - however changes that result in improved sales performance are always worth the effort.I suggest you try this method:Change only…Continue

Tags: management, sales, selling, Sales

Started by James Coyle Apr 9, 2010.

The Eight Best Questions We Got While Raising Venture Capital

Here is a link to a story from TechCrunch about questions a U.S. start-up were asked when they approached VCs for funding:Good Question! The Eight Best Questions We Got While Raising Venture…Continue

Started by anne marie mccallion Nov 23, 2009.

Letterkenny OpenCoffee 2 Replies

Hi, found the event very informative and a good turn out. Looking forward to the next one.…Continue

Started by Danny P McGinley. Last reply by Danny P McGinley Nov 19, 2009.

Comment Wall

Comment by anne marie mccallion on February 19, 2010 at 9:27pm
Hi All, we chatted about sharing our profiles with each other. Here you go. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions. Always open to collaboration!

Anne Marie McCallion, ReturnPR, spent 14 years working in Silicon Valley where she managed marketing and public relations programmes for global technology brands including: HP, Sun Microsystems and Dell. She also represented mid-sized and startup companies in both the enterprise and consumer sectors.

She returned to Ireland in 2007 and founded ReturnPR to represent European technology companies targeting the US, European and Asia Pacific markets. As such, she leverages her international media contacts to raise the profile of her clients and is very familiar with the following sectors: software, hardware, telecoms and clean technologies. To raise awareness and drive sales for her clients, Anne Marie leverages both traditional and digital media and creates compelling stories to generate attention and inform target audiences.

In terms of the Irish market, she also works closely with a range of non-technology businesses and voluntary organisations and provides them with advice on marketing and positioning, as well as conducting media outreach on their behalf.

Anne Marie specialises in the following communication areas: media relations, analyst relations, business-to-consumer, business-to-business, internal communications, global strategy, corporate positioning, corporate branding and messaging.
Comment by Brian Murray on February 25, 2010 at 2:59pm
Business Excellence Forum
A number of companies have suggested to me the benefits of a mutual Support and Networking Group or Forum in a number of area of Business Excellence.
I have put together the 'Business Excellence Forum' so that Companies and Individuals can discuss particular issues or questions in the area of Operational and Business Improvement. This will help businesses to benchmark and improve their systems in the current recessionary environment. These contacts will also lead to further Networking and Bench Marking opportunities for the group participants. As more members join the support level will increase.

As in all Forums participants get back what they put in, so I would encourage members to freely exchange inquiries and information.

I invite any interested members to join this group
Comment by Brian Murray on February 25, 2010 at 3:03pm
The 'Business Excellence Forum' can be found in the 'Linked In' website under groups on
Comment by Lee Tedstone on February 25, 2010 at 3:16pm
Here's my profile:

Lee Tedstone: Chief Operations Officer - Nvolve Limited
Mayor Buncrana; Chairperson Town Council

Lee Tedstone completed a Bachelor of Engineering, Honours Degree from the University of Ulster in Electronics and Software Design and a Masters of Science in Design (with specialism’s in IC and Solid State Physics) from Queens University in 2000 and 2002 respectively. He joined Cadence Design systems in 2000 and remained with the company until 2003 working in Edinburgh, Scotland. He worked on ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) and Embedded Software design as well as project management, pre-sales collaboration and post-sales support.

Lee then (2003) joined Huxley Associates, a specialist executive search firm, where he formed the Semiconductor Division. Through massive success in building this division (£1,600,000 gross profit after year 2) Lee led the Engineering Contracts Division for Huxley Associates in all projects entailing Engineering, Embedded Software and Project Management sourcing and managing delivery of all staff on client sites throughout the Southern region of the UK. This involved winning and managing all partnerships at senior level on project strategy for firms such as Phillips Semiconductors, ST Microelectronics and Cadence Design Systems. Lee was also responsible for the management of the contracts division’s business metrics, objectives and turnover comprising of almost 60 internal staff.

Lee returned to Ireland in 2006 where he worked as a sales manager for OPT2VOTE Limited, an elections solutions provider, responsible for the sale and delivery of ‘electronic election solutions’ generating £700,000 new business before joining Nvolve Limited in 2007. Lee has strong sales experience in both the public and private ICT sectors and he has a strong focus on Sales and Marketing, Project Management and Resource Management. He has won numerous awards for Entrepreneurial Sprit, Export potential and use of Innovation with organisations he has worked for. Lee was also a winner in the 2008 Shell Livewire Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Comment by Sharon Hearty on March 1, 2010 at 1:21pm
Hi everyone, a wee reminder that Network Jam is on this Saturday. Hope some of you can come along - there is the opportunity to share your business success tips to help others or just come along and listen to what others share. log on to register at
Comment by Sharon Hearty on March 22, 2010 at 2:57pm
Hi Anne Marie, I am afraid I cannot make it this Thursday. Hope you have a good one and I will catch up next time.
Comment by Mary Boyle on March 31, 2010 at 11:51am
Hi All. A quick message about PROPEL programme. It is now open for applications we are looking for people in the ICT and/or life sciences sectors to apply this time. Closing date for applications is the 23rd April 2010. For more info & to apply online log onto
Comment by James McGloin on April 30, 2010 at 9:25am
Hi Anne Marie, I would just like to put my input in regards to a suitable time for meetings, an evening time would suit me best e.g. 6pm as the morning time would mean that the whole morning would be lost to me.
Comment by Denis Carr on April 30, 2010 at 10:04am
Hi Anne-Marie, It would be great if the meeting were on either very early morning or after 6pm as with other commitments it is difficult to get to meetings at the current time.
Comment by Annemarie Doohan on April 30, 2010 at 1:05pm
Hi Annemarie,
The evening 6pm would be ideal for me!


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