To honour the incredible contribution of Séamus McDermott to entrepreneurship in Ireland, this year The Liffey Trust Enterprise Centre provided three €10,000 scholarships for entrepreneurs resident in Ireland who are taking part in Trinity College, Dublin’s MBA programme.

The Trinity MBA is an intensive project-based programme for those who want to accelerate their current career path or transition into a new industry. Nurturing entrepreneurship is at the heart of The Trinity MBA programme where an entrepreneurial focus is woven through every module.

Séamus founded the Liffey Trust in 1984 in order to incubate, mentor and support entrepreneurs and community enterprises including the provision of office space. The Trust made a conscious management decision to finance all its activities through its own efforts and without the support from the State. Since its foundation, the Liffey Trust has helped more than 200 enterprises resulting in the employment of over 800 people. The Séamus McDermott Scholarship for Entrepreneurship continues and honours Séamus’ work by supporting an entrepreneur who is resident in Ireland, to develop their business and managerial acumen by undertaking the Trinity MBA.

We are delighted to announce that the three scholarship awardees this year are:

  • Gavin Duffy, founder of Trigr. Trigr which assists businesses to outsource and manage freelance staff in the creative sectors. Their product is a Freelance Management System that takes care of the entire freelancer process – from finding and hiring someone to measuring their performance during a project to payroll management.


  • Patrick Sweeney, founder of Momentum consulting. Momentum Consulting provides tailored support to NGOs, Social Enterprises and For-Profit Organisations in the areas of strategy, funding and innovation, helping to improve an organisation’s sustainability and increase its social impact.


  • Aoife Quill , founder of Linn. Linn is an online school for social justice, featuring collections of online courses from activists, educators and changemakers. Here people are inspired to incorporate social change into their day-to-day lives

A huge congratulations to the awarded entrepreneurs and to all the applicants!

Further to this, there will be four €10,000 scholarships available for next year’s MBA intake. Applicants must be proven entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs or SME owners/managers who are making an impact on the economy or society. Find out more here.