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Paddy Cosgrave

EIC Ambassador, Member of the EIC High-Level Group (2016 – 2018)

Cosgrave Paddy


Founder and CEO of Web Summit and Collision

Besides managing two of the fastest-growing tech events in the world: Web Summit in Lisbon, and Collision, which moved to its new headquarters in Toronto in 2019, Paddy´s company also stages RISE Conf, which is set to take place in Kuala Lumpur in 2022.

A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Paddy worked in a number of startups before launching the annual Web Summit conference in Dublin, which has grown rapidly since 2010 and has seen Paddy listed as one of the most influential people in tech.

Paddy has been coined a “master connector” by WIRED and a “master of revels” by the Financial Times. His trademark has become bringing tech founders together, not just to participate in a 9-5 tech conference, but to join curated networking experiences such as f.ounders. f.ounders allows founders to enjoy the event’s after-hours on pub crawls that have been previously led by Bono and Irish director Jim Sheridan.