Brendan Allen is a successful Entrepreneur who has focused on innovative thinking, commercialisation, collaboration and research throughout his career to date. He qualified as a marine and environmental scientist and has combined both his work and research skillset to focus on the Agri-food sector.
Brendan has a strong business background having successfully established and grown an Agri-food business, Castlemine Farm in 2008 and more recently having merged Castlemine with Kinvara Smoked Salmon to create Food 360 (http://food-360.com). As well as owning and running the well-known Kinvara and Castlemine brands, Food 360 offers a range of services to Food SMEs including: logistics, sales and brand representation, business mentoring and shared economic approaches to food business scaling.
Brendan has been actively involved in the design and development of a range of Agrifood programmes in both GMIT and the University College Dublin (UCD) incorporating new innovative learning methods and promoting practical learning environments. Brendan works with the New Frontiers programmes in GMIT and Athlone IT, providing business training and mentoring for start-up companies. He is also an experienced business consultant, having most recently worked with Mountbellew Agricultural College (MAC).
Role in relation to CEF project:
An experienced Entrepreneur. Lecturer and Business Mentor, Brendan will provide an industry perspective during the development phases of the projects outputs. Brendan will also participate in the project activities speaking at organised events, mentoring and lecturing during the pilot delivery of the curriculum and engaging with industry and stakeholders.