Sean is widely recognised as a champion of small and medium sized businesses. He is a former investor on the popular TV series ‘Dragons’ Den’ (Shark Tank in the US) and has founded or co-founded a number of companies in sectors that include commercial real estate, home technology and consulting.

He is currently an investor in or a non-executive director and president of a number of pharma related firms in both Ireland and the US.

Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Sean worked in enterprise development, where he developed a passion for coaching and mentoring and has over the past 20 years trained and mentored hundreds of emerging entrepreneurs.


Sean views entrepreneurs and the owners of SME’s as unsung heroes. Through their risk-taking and ingenuity, they create jobs, are the driving force behind our economy and the glue that helps hold our communities together.

Inspired by their courage and driven by a desire to help encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs, Sean has written ‘Secrets to Success – Inspiring Stories from Leading Entrepreneurs’. This book has emerged over five year’s interviewing some of Ireland’s leading entrepreneurs for his weekly column in the Business Section of the Sunday Independent newspaper.

Honest and insightful, it is packed full of great advice and real-life insights, shared by the entrepreneurs themselves about their experience from start-up to success.

Available from May 9th 2018


Sean Gallagher is a highly sought after speaker who consistently captivates audiences. From a young age, Sean adopted principles of self-belief, determination and a positive mental attitude – principles that continue to guide him in his everyday life.

His passion for sharing these principles with others in order to empower them to build success in their own lives and in their organisations, shines through every presentation as he informs, inspires and motivates.

His deep understanding of the challenges faced by entrepreneurs as well as his unique and down to earth delivery style, makes him the ideal speaker for any event.

His talks deliver unique insights on key areas including: The Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs; The power of Mind-set and Motivation; Building Employee Engagement and Company Culture; Overcoming Adversity and Reframing our Attitude to Failure; Leadership, Goal Setting and Customer Service as well as Strategy, Innovation, Impact and Perseverance.



Driven by the desire to put his energy and skills to work for the Irish people, Sean ran as an Independent candidate in the 2011 Irish Presidential election. His message was about job creation, communities and positivity.

Together with a small team of committed staff and volunteers, and a strong community- based campaign, Sean rose from a rank outsider initially, to top the opinion polls at 40%,  3 days out from voting day. While ultimately coming second among a field of 7 candidates, he is credited with having run one of the most dynamic and effective election campaigns in Irish Political history.


In line with his commitment to promoting education, training and employment, Sean was appointed by the Irish Government to a number of State Boards.

Intertrade Ireland – A North/South body with responsibility for promoting economic co-operation on the island of Ireland.
FAS (now Solus) – Ireland’s National Training & Employment Agency
Drogheda Port Company – Sean served as Chairman of the Board of this commercial state port company.