At VARA we provide professional services to small to medium sized enterprises and third level sectors in Ireland and the UK. We are delivering impactful results for a range of clients across many business and technology areas.
Our primary support activities focus on Innovation Management, Market Engagement, Commercial Feasibility and Business Development. With a dedicated team of experienced and qualified innovation and commercial experts, we are successfully delivering unique value and advantage for client organisations using innovation and collaboration as the effective enablers. Please visit our clients page to read about what some of the organisations we have supported are saying about us.
Kieran Fegan leads the VARA team. He has extensive experience and relevant knowledge in the areas of strategic business growth, developing market insights, increasing sales, improving profitability, competitive advantage and value for organisations using innovation and collaboration as the core drivers. Kieran has a developed network across many business sectors, business support agencies, third level institutions, professional advisers & investment networks across Ireland, North and South, in the UK and internationally.
An engineering graduate of both University of Ulster and Queen’s University, Belfast, Kieran’s background spans engineering, product design, own successful business start-up, business development / sales, innovation management, project management and technology transfer.
- Co-founded a product design, prototyping and production company in 2001 and secured business from customers in USA, UK, Ireland and Germany during first year of trading.
- Set up and populated the first regional Technology Incubation and Innovation Centre in Northern Ireland
- Led out on Innovation for Competitive Enterprises (ICE), a €2.5M pilot innovation support project which independent evaluators determined, increased combined company turnover of 90 SMEs by over €56M, created 300 new jobs and took nearly 40 companies into new export sales
- Led out on the €2.56M VITAL – Ideas Connected to Business Open Innovation pilot project achieving 40 tech transfer / licensing agreements with estimates putting economic impact at €35M
Since 2016, Kieran is working directly with SMEs, Research Centres, Entrepreneurs and Investors in the areas of innovation management, technology and commercial feasibility, business development and commercialisation.