InterTradeIreland Innovation Lecture, 24 March, 2011
Speaker's Bio

Professor Peter Kelly, Aalto University, Finland

Professor Peter Kelly is an award winning entrepreneurship educator and practitioner. He obtained his PhD in Entrepreneurship from London Business School (UK) and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame (USA). Peter’s experience includes a period as an investment and corporate banker in Canada where he managed a portfolio of high profile clients in the cable television and publishing industries, as well as teaching positions and faculty appointments at Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration, London Business School, University of Notre Dame, and Wilfrid Laurier University. He has been involved with the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship since its founding. Over the past 15 years, he has worked with entrepreneurs in Finland, Sweden, UK, Portugal, Russia, Latvia, Estonia, Norway, Switzerland, and Canada.


Since arriving in Finland in 1998, Peter has been the driving force behind entrepreneurship education at Aalto University, heading up the Helsinki School of Creative Entrepreneurship (HSCE). Among many other initiatives, HSCE seed funded the creation of the world’s largest student entrepreneurship society (Aalto Entrepreneurship Society), a student led and inspired movement that supports applied entrepreneurship at the university.


During 2010, he held an appointment at Aalto University as Professor of Practice at the School of Art & Design where he developed a rapid opportunity prototyping course to explore the intersection between the disciplines of design and entrepreneurship.


Professor Kelly is also a leading international authority on business angels and was directly involved in the creation of Europe’s first university pre-seed fund and an associated angel network.