Joe English has enjoyed a long career in both the public and private sectors, frequently crossing the boundaries between building businesses and supporting entrepreneurial talent in his native Ireland. A software engineer by profession he began his career designing, delivering and managing complex process control systems across the globe for heavy engineering customers of the Swiss/Swedish giant ABB. This was followed by a series of appointments with a California based high technology start-up, delivering the world’s first scalable massively parallel decision support systems to Fortune 500 companies. Having caught the ‘start-up’ bug, Joe then formed his own company which focused on developing artificial intelligence systems to deliver defect detection systems to high speed and complex manufacturing processes. Organisations as diverse as Guinness, Dell and NASA continue as customers of this, now mature, technology company. Returning to his native Ireland in the early 2000s Joe changed his focus to encouraging and supporting entrepreneurship. He now works for the Meath County Council, a leading local authority in Ireland. His role as Head of Enterprise involves leading the Economic and Enterprise Development team to drive investment and prosperity in the region. In this role Joe draws upon a wide network of colleagues working in the Innovation space across Europe through managing and participating in numerous EU funded programmes. These programmes bring together leading academics, practitioners and support organisations to drive innovation in the small and medium sized business sector.