Zenith CEO

Zenith CEO
Start DateTo be confirmed
Course CodeSS15-55
Full Fee
Fee Includes
The first 12 CEO\'s to book the programme will receive 50% grant-aid towards programme fees (€6,400), reducing the cost of the programme to €3,200.
Duration4 Days
ProviderIrish Management Institute
Network Member Subsidised Fee€3,200.00
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Programme Overview

If you are a technology or software CEO who is,

  • seeking funding for growth -     
  • wants to be fully informed of your options, negotiating position, funders in the marketplace, -    
  • wants to gain insight into the experiences of other successful tech companies -    
  • would benefit from intensive workshops and coaching from expert tech advisors

...then this programme is essential for you.


Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes

Zenith CEO is not an academic programme. Here you will:

  • create your individual funding journey plan,
  • be immersed in a dynamic and interactive learning forum of industry peers, practitioners and experts,
  • engage in a highly practical programme with individual coaching from tech funding experts,
  • access extensive experience, real stories and compelling insights from successful technology and software entrepreneurs,
  • realise your company’s full potential and avoid painful mistakes along the way,
  • gain access to professional advisers and investors across the Irish market.
Who should attend
  • CEOs of Software and Technology SMEs
  • Typically at first stage funding
  • circa €­1-3 million turnover
  • 10+ Employees
  • Developed sufficiently for external investment
  • Already knowledgeable in basics of corporate finance i.e. Cashflows, Balance Sheet, P&L, Budgets, Management Accounts
Course Content

Programme Schedule:

4 individual high impact days October 2015-April 2016

Funding Strategy Masterclass with Dr Sean Wise

22 October 2015

Funding options and risks

25 November 2015

Components for value creation

24 February 2016

Lessons into practice

27 April 2016

Other course details

The closing date for applications is Friday 9th October, 2015.


If you would like to discuss the programme further with the Programme Director, contact us HERE and we will organise a call.

About the Trainer

This programme will be delivered by the Irish Management Institute (IMI). IMI is an internationally-recognised leader in executive education and has been at the forefront of management and organisational development in Ireland for over 60 years, designing and delivering sophisticated, highly practical programmes that combine leadership theory, powerful peer-learning, networking and action-learning approaches.

Sean Wise

The programme will open with a masterclass from renowned international thought leader and engaging business speaker, Sean Wise.

Sean is Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Ted Rogers School of Business at Ryerson University, Canada. He is also a specialist in helping emerging and high growth potential organisations jump on the trajectory and turn a profit.
Sean started his first business at 13 and by 27 had already started three new ventures and obtained both his law degree and his MBA. At 31 he took his first company public. At 40 he was nominated for Canada’s Top 40 under 40 and in 2014 he won Startup Canada’s Mentor of the Year Award. 

Sean’s intense, entertaining and direct approach has earned him a loyal following of disciples who swear by his lessons and best practices for business success. He currently presents The NAKED Entrepreneur show, which debuted on the Oprah Winfrey Network in January this year, and is the author of several books on startup life including Startup Opportunities: Know When to Quit Your Day Job;  Hot or Not: How to Know if Your Business Idea will Fail or Fly!; and How to be a Business Superhero. He is separately the writer of the popular Globe and Mail column and book of the same name: Wise Words: Lessons in Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital.
A founder of the Ernst & Young’s Venture Capital Advisory Group in Canada, Sean has helped clients raise more than $2.5 billion after training with him.

IMI faculty

Further modules on the rpogramme will be delieverd by the IMI faculty, and experienced tech mentors and coaches.


Brendan Dowling- Course Leader. Brendan is an executive coach, author and serial entrepreneur in the telecoms and technology sectors, having built a number of successful internationally-traded companies. He has worked as a business coach with Enterprise Ireland, Invest Northern Ireland and other organisations, coaching the CEOs and senior management teams of scaling companies in Ireland.


He is well-known for his thought leadership and innovation in the technology sector and is a regular speaker at conferences, executive education programmes and government-sponsored enterprise events in Ireland, the UK and the USA. He is also the founder and CEO of Digital Trading, a company offering cloud-based Customer Relationship Engagement (CRE) technology to governments, as well as to large and SME enterprises.


Denis Murphy. Brendan will be supported by Denis, an experienced entrepreneur, board member, angel investor, business coach and mentor with a proven track record of building and exiting niche software companies in the mobile telecommunications and enterprise software spaces.  Denis also has expertise in SaaS companies and the metrics they require to manage their growth and support their case for funding.


Guest PresentersA number of guest speakers, including business investors and funding advisers, will contribute to the programme and participate in networking activities.  Business coaches will also be present to support content and participants.