Irish Entrepreneur Dermot O’Shea Inducted into New Frontiers Hall of Fame
Dermot O’Shea, the Chief Executive of Irish company Taoglas, has been honored with an induction into the New Frontiers entrepreneurial hall of fame. The prestigious ceremony took place at the South East Technological University (SETU), with many members of the start-up community in attendance. O’Shea was recognized for his remarkable achievement in growing Taoglas into a €100m business.
Taoglas, a company specializing in antenna and Internet of Things (IoT) technology, has 10 locations worldwide, including offices in Wexford, Taiwan, and San Diego. With over 500 employees, the company has been operating for nearly two decades. O’Shea, originally from Enniscorthy in Wexford, holds a BSc in Physics and Mathematics from UDC. In 2006, he was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Enterprise Development after participating in the South East Enterprise Platform Programme (SEEPP), now known as New Frontiers.
The SETU New Frontiers entrepreneurial hall of fame acknowledges outstanding personal and entrepreneurial accomplishments. O’Shea joins two previous inductees, David Whelan of XR Engage in Waterford and Edward Hendrick of Sonru in Wexford. Expressing his gratitude, O’Shea said he was “truly humbled and delighted” to receive this prestigious award. He also praised the course content of the programme, stating that it remained valuable even after 20 years in business.
During the event, O’Shea shared his experiences of managing Taoglas through various stages of international growth and numerous product introductions. He also offered advice to the graduating SETU Waterford New Frontiers class of 2023. Eugene Crehan, the New Frontiers Programme Director at SETU in Waterford, congratulated O’Shea on his visionary leadership of Taoglas. Crehan highlighted O’Shea’s journey from being a participant in the New Frontiers programme to becoming the head of a global multinational business and a leader in GPS and IoT connectivity.
This recognition of Dermot O’Shea’s accomplishments serves as a testament to his dedication and entrepreneurial spirit. It also reflects the thriving start-up ecosystem in Ireland, which continues to foster innovation and success in various industries. As O’Shea’s induction into the New Frontiers hall of fame demonstrates, Irish entrepreneurs are making significant contributions to the global business landscape.