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The people with the drive to start their own business are the most positive, most ambitious people.
To me, they are the pioneers, the do’er’s, the achievers, the employers of the future and the back bone of our future economy.
They are the best people to work with. They deserve to be supported.
They are my people.

Walking the walk

Having started, grown, and sold two businesses, I have experienced the highest highs and the lowest lows of entrepreneurship. It is from these experiences I draw on most. Yes, the theory is important but you need to have walked the walk to really know.

My entrepreneurship story started over 18 years ago when I started Kinvara Smoked Salmon, an organic seafood business.

After 2 years of chaos, I found our niche and went on to build one of Ireland’s and the UK’s most successful and profitable food brands. In the following 12 years we sold to 37 countries,  supplied some of the best-known retailers in the world and won numerous awards for our product (voted No.1 Smoked Salmon in the UK), We won numerous business awards for our business (SFA Marketing company of the year and Exporter of the year (finalist)). In the midst of this success I also made a tonne of mistakes. This is where I learned the most.

Working Together

My passion for Entreprenurship
started in 2007

And since then I have worked with over 400 startups and early-stage entrepreneurs.

I am hugely proud of the fact that in drawing from my success and mistakes, I have had a positive impact on these businesses.


What they say

Association of Business Mentors
The Association of Business Mentors is delighted to have accepted Declan Droney as their first Irish member. He represents the ideal member with his industry experience and skills as a business mentor. A great entry for us into Ireland together with our inspiring Irish Patron Sean Gallagher

— Association of Business Mentors

Pina Patane Sekelia
Declan has been my Mentor for 10 years and has kept me going when times got tough and celebrated with me in good times, believing in me all the way and never giving up on me. Thank you Declan, you have seen my two businesses thrive because I used your ‘systems’ and advice

— Pina Patane Sekelia

London, UK

Noel Lee
Declan is a fantastic Mentor setting achievable goals and always available to help move my business to the next level. Declan is very pleasant and very easy to work with

— Noel Lee

Kelp Ireland

Joanne O'Reilly
Everytime you meet Declan Droney it’s an investment in your business and yourself as a business owner. He listens and works with you to develop focused actionable, positive goals. I always come away feeling upbeat and ready for more. Highly recommended

— Joanne O'Reilly

Kinvara Skincare LTD

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