SportsTechIreland is a organisation committed to the development of SportsTech in Ireland. Its goal is to provide a bridge between coaches, athletes & players, investors and SportsTech entrepreneurs, businesses and international companies.
The organisation was set up by three female entrepreneurs and business leaders with a strong affinity for technology. All three were based in the Nexus Innovation centre at the University of Limerick. It was almost inevitable that they would join forces to help promote their shared passions, sport, and Limerick.
Grainne Barry is the COO and executive board member of Salaso Health Solutions, a connected health company providing Class I Medical Device technology for physical rehabilitation. Salaso specialises in evidence-based and data-led exercise prescription software which aims to get people better faster. Salaso is considered to be one of Ireland’s SportsTech success stories. Grainne has a number of degrees and qualifications across business, finance and technology, though she started out as a software engineer. A graduate of the top 25 Leaders Women Executive Network Programme from UCD, she is one of Ireland’s stand out female technology leaders. In her free time, she supports her local GAA club and coaches camogie.
Martina Skelly is the founder of Activate Marketing, founder and CEO of YellowSchedule. Martina has a strong foundation in technology and the web. Martina also runs a bespoke digital marketing consultancy, and has worked with clients such as Renault Ireland, Adare Manor, the University of Limerick, the Western Development Commission, Fota Island & Irish Farmhouse Holidays on their online strategy. Martina lectures for the Digital Marketing Institute and delivers the Online Marketing Module for Enterprise Ireland’s New Frontiers programme. Winner of Vodafone Women in Business Award and Silicon Republic top 100 Women in STEM.
Emily Ross is the CEO of InkVine Communications which was founded in 2016, her clients include WhatClinic, RowingIreland, Piply and more. Prior to setting up Inkvine, as Director of Marketing with WhatClinic.com she helped grow traffic and revenue year on year for four years, through the application of detailed and integrated inbound marketing campaigns. She spent a number of years as head of corporate partnerships for UNICEF Ireland, before taking on the role of Director of Public Fundraising. She lectures for the Irish Times, and as a freelance journalist, she has written for Image, The Gloss and a number of national papers and journalists. In her free time, she competes at rowing, as well as rowing coaching. She also runs an award-winning sports blog for women.