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    • Dale Fickett<br />Tyross, Bellevue Road Mobile: +353 (0)87 998 2616<br />Greystones, Co. Wicklow Home: +353 (0)1 287 5307<br />Ireland Email: dfickett@hotmail.com<br />Director of Investment & Entrepreneur Services<br />Strategist and social entrepreneur with 10 years experience consulting for major banks and incubating start-ups. Working previously with entrepreneurs at the Wharton School, and most recently with start-ups in international development contexts, Dale assists ventures with high potential for financial and social returns – evaluating and selecting teams, supporting business planning, and mentoring through the launch and growth phases. Himself, a venture founder, he led a start-up from initiation, raised $500,000 in capital, and directed all operations. With Accenture’s European banking practice Dale has specialised in investment/business planning, capabilities strategy and organisational strategy; and has built and directed a business development campaign to identify prospective deals, track pipeline, ensure stakeholder engagement, and control costs. Social contributor over the past 20 years.<br />
      • Sets objectives and builds required capabilitiesBuilds trust-based client relationshipsDevelops new business and raises capitalCollaborates to develop innovative strategiesEvaluates entrepreneurial teams and plansOffers international experienceTracks performance and takes corrective actionEngenders loyalty from the team
      Selected Professional Achievements<br />Trinity College, Dublin March 2009 - present<br />Developmental Entrepreneurship Researcher<br />Initiating a new research project aimed at the alleviation of global poverty through locally-owned ventures, and has led the launch of a new incubator to stimulate social impact. <br />Generated interest among major foundations for providing a $1M grant to fund the proposed research in projecting a venture’s potential social impact – Developmental Entrepreneurship in Sub-Saharan Africa: Identifying and Assessing Microenterprise Opportunities.<br />Achieved expert endorsements for a new conceptual design for incubator services to facilitate data gathering for the research, and to apply the research findings in parallel.<br />Developed a network of over 200 industry contacts.<br />Initiated support for a Zimbabwean entrepreneur who is undertaking market research and analysis, as a part of his business planning for a male medical clinic.<br />Accenture June 2006 – March 2009<br />Managing Consultant – Banking Strategy<br />Served as a project innovator focused on developmental entrepreneurship, working under the guidance of the Executive Director of Accenture Development Partnerships. <br />
      • Initiated and completed a business model for the creation of a new capability to provide consulting services and social venture capital to developing country start-ups and governments.
      • Achieved the endorsement of the Executive Director, for a subsequent incubator concept which was built upon the original model.
      • Directed a $75M UK and Ireland sales campaign in the banking sector, with end-to-end responsibility for: marketing the teams’ capabilities, tracking the sales pipeline, developing the industry team, managing stakeholder relationships (including a strategic alliance), and overseeing other administrative activities.
      Achieved annual growth over 120%, surpassing original targets for the 2007 fiscal year.<br />Won critical new business with 12 large European and global banks – supporting local client partners by writing and presenting sales materials, serving as an expert in European payments regulation, building client relationships, and mobilising projects.<br />Selected as the Accenture representative to present at the International ePayments Intensive, and at the SWIFT global industry conference. <br />Specialized as a leading strategist in the UK and Irish markets, working across industry sectors, while also leveraging a deep knowledge of the banking sector.<br />
      • Led the completion of a new product strategy for SEPA Direct Debit in a top 4 UK bank, structuring the problem, modelling revenue scenarios, gaining stakeholder consensus for the new customer value proposition, and providing implementation advice.
      • Initiated the Payment Services Directive compliance project in a top 4 UK bank – wrote the proposal, developed and presented the delivery approach, won stakeholder support, mobilized the team, created delivery plans, and established the project management office.
      • Completed an industry analysis for the Irish energy sector, providing key input to the winning client proposal for the largest Irish electricity provider.
      Managed the delivery of a €4.5M IT Service Management (ITSM) improvement program to re-engineer processes across three independent IT divisions within a leading Irish bank.<br />Led the successful completion of all mobilisation activities – investment case, delivery plans, governance structure, stakeholder engagement and program office establishment. <br />Wharton Small Business Development Center, University of Pennsylvania June 2005 – June 2006<br />Instructor – New Venture Execution<br />Guided community entrepreneurs through bi-weekly meetings focused on progress against their action plans, advising them on solutions to implementation challenges.<br />Mentored over 30 entrepreneurial teams to achieve compelling business plans and through the execution of their action plans for launch / growth activities, combining pragmatic advice with theoretical tools.<br />Provided key assistance to the director on the creation of the Execution Support Program.<br />Built trust-based relationships with entrepreneurs by demonstrating first-hand experience, academic knowledge, and an authentic desire to help them.<br />D’Lectables December 2003 – June 2006<br />New Venture Founder & President<br />Held end-to-end responsibility for a start-up venture from concept initiation to business closure.<br />Raised $500,000 in SBA-backed start-up loans and personal debt, having written a compelling business plan and having formed the start-up team.<br />Achieved year 1 sales of $350,000 across retail, wholesale and eCommerce business lines.<br />Learned to avoid an overly aggressive launch, and the importance of having the right advisers.<br />Accenture April 2000 – April 2002<br />Project Manager<br />Managed multiple project teams delivering change initiatives for financial services clients in Ireland.<br />Completed the Euro currency conversion project work stream for a major Irish stock broker.<br />Completed the technical integration of the testing environments for a payments systems integration project, and subsequently led other project work streams in a leading Irish bank.<br />Fudge Kitchens, Inc. April 1989 – September 1999<br />Retail Store Manager<br />Held end-to-end responsibility for a location generating $1.1M in annual sales, and a staff of 30.<br />Self-funded undergraduate education, working weekends and summers.<br />Started with the company at age 14, working first as a sales clerk and confectioner.<br />Education<br />DateCourseInstitutionFocusDistinctionResults2002 - 2003M.B.A.Villanova UniversityVillanova, PennsylvaniaEntrepreneurshipGraduate AssistantshipRecipient3.64 (of 4.0)2003Executive EducationSDA BocconiMilan, ItalyEuropean Economics4.0(of 4.0)1993 - 1997Bachelor of Science in Business AdministrationLaSalle UniversityPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaManagement & FinanceAcademic Excellence in Finance Award3.54(of 4.0)<br />