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Claire McHugh

CEO & Co-Founder

Claire co-founded Axonista in 2010 with Daragh Ward and, over the last 6 years, their team has been working to make viewing experiences truly interactive on mobile devices and emerging digital platforms. Axonista's award-winning technology powers real-time interactive video graphics for some of the world's leading video and TV companies, including QVC and AOL.

Most recently at Axonista Claire led the company through the launch of the industry’s first dedicated Object Based Broadcasting platform, Ediflo Pro, which answers consumer demands for richer, smarter and more personalised content experiences, which are suited to the device being used.  As a digital and future TV enthusiast, she is driven to guiding broadcasters as they enter this next phase in video delivery, where mobile devices are key to consumer engagement.

Prior to Axonista, Claire was part of the team that established the Setanta Sports channels in Ireland and the UK. Her experience across broadcast and mobile industries has cemented Claire’s reputation as a recognised thought leader and speaker at global industry events, and as a trusted advisor to numerous startup communities. She is a mentor for Startup Next Ireland, a Techstars program and the #1 startup pre-acceleration program in the world, powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. She is also the Irish ambassador for the Silicon Valley accelerator Blackbox Connect, and on the advisory board of the Irish Digital Youth Council.