Professor Thomas M. Cooney

Professor Thomas M. Cooney
  • Professor of Entrepreneurship at Technological University Dublin
  • Director of the TU Dublin Institute for Minority Entrepreneurship
  • Course Director ‘Entrepreneurship for People with Disabilities’
  • Course Director ‘Entrepreneurship for Marginalized Youth’
  • Course Director ‘Entrepreneurship for Refugees and Asylum Seekers’
  • Principal Investigator for 23 funded research projects (currently PI on 4 projects)
  • Former Adjunct Professor at the University of Turku (Finland)
  • Visiting Professor at Universidad Panamericana (Guadalajara campus, Mexico)
  • Member of the OECD EU Youth Entrepreneurship Policy Academy (YEPA)
  • Grand Jury Member for the European Enterprise Promotion Awards
  • Former Editor of ‘Small Enterprise Research’ academic journal
  • Honorary President of Feiyang Entrepreneurship Research Institute (China)
  • Global Associate at the Center for Science and Commercial Diplomacy (Denmark)
  • Honoured as EntreComp Champion
  • Fellow of the European Council for Small Business
  • Awarded Wilford L. White Fellow (Global Award)
  • Honorary Life Member of Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand (SEAANZ)
  • TedX Speaker (Drogheda, 2016)
  • Policy Advisor to Governments, European Commission, OECD and European Training Foundation
  • Supervised 10 PhD students to completion (currently supervising 10 more)
  • Board Member (2017 – 2023) of Skillnet Ireland
Professor Thomas M. Cooney on TEDx Drogheda – Difability (Disability)
This talk shared the idea of creating Entrepreneurship / Self-Employment programs for People with Difability (Disability). While the rate of employment and wages for People with Difabilities remains shockingly low, very few customised programs exist for People with Difabilities to become Self-Employed. This talk explains how such a program could be developed.