Diane Roberts has spent her early career in international technology sales and marketing roles, and brings over 25 years rich industry experience developing new business in the UK, USA, Europe and Asia Pacific.
From 2002 to 2007, Diane lived and worked in Silicon Valley, where she was the West Coast Director and the Manager of Enterprise Ireland’s US Software and Services team. During this time she developed a strong network of contacts and an up close understanding of the some of the world’s leading technology companies and the approach of the world’s largest venture capital community. Whilst there she completed the Executive Management program at Stanford University.
From 2009 to 2012 Diane was the inaugural National Director for HBAN, Ireland’s angel investment network establishing six angel syndicates and creating over €4m seed equity investment in technology startups companies. Over 2009 to 2016 Diane held the role of Programme Director for the Invest NI Propel Programme, the leading startup accelerator programme in Northern Ireland, where she oversaw the development of over 100 companies, gaining equity funding in excess of £15m and the creation of over 500 jobs.
Since its establishment in 2007, Diane has lead XPinnovates to become one of the most successful new business venture consultancy and advisory companies in Ireland.
Diane holds a BA Business Studies and a MSc History at the Queen’s University of Belfast.