Award winning Entrepreneur based in Dubai

PAUL KENNY

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About Me

Paul Kenny is a renowned technology Entrepreneur in the Middle East. Currently the Managing Director of AYM, Kenny is one of the most important figures in the startup space in the MENA region and is an active investor, mentor and advisor to numerous companies around the world.

He was a founding partner at Emerge Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on high-impact early stage and Series A investments in Emerging Markets.

Kenny previously founded Dubai based online coupon website, Cobone, which was later sold in a multi-million-euro deal, to the US based investment firm Tiger Global Management.

Paul has been selected as the 10th most influential person under the age of 30 in the Middle East, one of the 25 most important people in technology in the region, in the Top 10 Entrepreneurs in the Middle East by Gulf Business and one of the 30 under 30 shaping Ireland’s future by Ireland’s biggest news website; The Independent.

In September and October 2012 Paul won the Middle East Entrepreneur of the Year by Gulf Business and the Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year award, highlighting the explosive growth achieved so early in his career. He has made numerous investments into Technology companies worldwide and sits as a board member and advisor to several companies.

Expertise

INVESTMENTS

I never invest in a company that I cannot personally add value to.

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STRATEGY

If you’ve no idea where you’re heading, how on earth are you going to get there?

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COACHING

When I was in charge of a successful, multi-million dollar company, I wasn’t happy.

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SPEAKING

Fortunately for me, there seems to be a few people around the world who enjoy listening to it!

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BRANDING

Branding is all about delivering promises to your customers and your people.

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MARKETING

Marketing is a crucial part of a company’s brand strategy.

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Career

Education

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Commerce

National University of Ireland, Galway

Management Information Systems
2002-2007

AYM is an investment holding company specialising in breakthrough digital technologies and online business in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

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Economic

Colaiste Iognaid - The JES

Geography, French, English, Irish
1994-2000

Responsible for building brand Ireland in the Middle East and North Africa and driving potential start ups to set up in Ireland.

Awards

Media Coverage