The CoFunder Team

Michael Faulkner - Co-Founder and CEO

Michael is a serial entrepreneur and has been a CEO of Euroxchanger Currency Services, a Central Bank of Ireland regulated foreign exchange Company for 10 years. Euroxchanger is a proprietary technology company, having developed an algorithmic system model with patents filed for its online currency matching system. Between 2005 and 2010 Michael oversaw a 1000% increase in turnover and gross profit and operates the company's hedging strategies.

Prior to this, Michael worked in Economic Development with Down Business Centre, Banbridge District Council and Donegal County Enterprise Board over a 5 year period managing business start-up and development programmes. In these enterprise development roles, he assisted over 100 businesses through the start-up process.

After a number of years analysing currency market movements (1999-2009) and trading in foreign exchange for Euroxchanger Currency Services, Dynafex Trading Technologies was established to develop complex algorithmic trading models for the foreign exchange markets. Dynafex is a systems development company that is developing software and trading strategies which can be used in signaling buy and sell opportunities in currency markets

In 2011, Michael established Seedups as an innovative online matching service that allows entrepreneurs to raise 25,000 up to 500,000 seed to start-up capital. The key differentiator of the service and methodology is to allow micro seed investments in a collaborative way using the collective wisdom of crowd.

Michael holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Liverpool, a BA Hons Economics Degree and a Certificate in Marketing Diploma (CIM Dip).

Gavin Gallagher - Co-Founder and CTO

In 2009, Gavin worked on various core analysis and aggregation components for Dynafex Trading Technologies, and created a networked Electronic Point of Sale (EPOS) system for EuroXchanger Currency Services in the UK and Ireland.

Prior to this, Gavin worked for Intel, where he developed a number of internal client and server-side applications for worldwide deployment.

Gavin holds a Masters in Electronics and Software Engineering (MEng) from Queen's University Belfast; where he won the Invista prize for his final year project. He is responsible for Technology and Software Development at CoFunder.

Liam Walls - Board Advisor

Liam is a chartered accountant who led an international construction and property development business for over 30 years, growing it into one of the largest businesses in the sector in Ireland with a presence also in the UK and Canada. His track record of results achievement and value creation has depended upon forming strong business relationships across the financial and property sectors. He also has valuable experience with start-ups, having set up and ran a successful company in the educational sector for 10 years. His experience together with his qualities of leadership, innovation and entrepreneurial flair are attributes that Liam applies to our business, clients and partners.

Liam holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Commerce from University College Dublin.