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Ben Hurley

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National Digital Research Center, Ireland
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Ben Hurley is a seasoned innovation investor and hands-on new venture leader, experienced at stepping into and delivering in innovative business situations that demand both initiative and a tolerance for risk.  Ben is CEO and a member of the board of NDRC, an early stage ventures investment firm in the technology sector, where he built the team and lead’s the enterprise’s high-touch and focused approach to commercial innovation and new venture creation from opportunities in the research base.

Ben has extensive experience in technology transfer and technology startups, having performed in entrepreneurial capacities spanning both commercial and technological responsibilities with innovative enterprises from startup to varying stages of maturity and exit.  He previously held several Chief Executive and other senior roles with internationally-operating companies including Innovada, Broadcom, Sepro, and Ericsson.

Ben has a reputation for trust, experience and results delivery within the Irish and international innovation community.  He chairs NDRC's investment and strategic review committees.  He is a member of the steering committee of the International Commercialisation Forum.  He has served as chair of the supervisory committee for a financial institution.  He previously served as Chairman of WiSen, Ireland's wireless sensor network industry group.  Ben also serves on the boards of a number of NDRC startups.

Ben is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin (BA and MSc Comp Sci) and holds an MBA from the Smurfit Graduate School of Business, UCD.