Gavin Duffy

Entrepreneur, Investor, Business Mentor and Popular Media Commentator

why book gavin?

  • Recognised for his work on all seven series of RTE’s Dragons’ Den, Gavin brings his business acumen to a wide audience
  • Gavin presented the first RTE television business program, Marketplace, and was an early Morning Ireland broadcaster
  • An engaging MC and speaker with extensive experience in both radio and television, coupled with business expertise


Gavin Duffy is one of Ireland’ top entrepreneurs and most sought after motivational speakers. His witty, engaging and entertaining speaking style is guaranteed to inspire any audience or group.

Gavin is publicly known for his work with entrepreneurs on all seven series of RTE’s Dragons’ Den. Gavin’s career in media started at age seventeen, setting-up a local radio station in County Louth. 

He was the presenter of the first RTE television business programme, Marketplace, and two years before that in 1985 was one of the first broadcasters on Morning Ireland on RTE Radio One.  He won the franchise for regional radio station LMFM in 1989, later sold to UTV.


Gavin’s extensive experience, both in radio and on television coupled with his knowledge and expertise in business ensure that he is a naturally engaging MC and Speaker.


“Gavin has been MC for the last three years of the Awards for Excellence in Public Relations. He carries out that role with a great sense of fun and enthusiasm, while ensuring that the event moves at a brisk pace. I have no hesitation in recommending him for any such event.” 

John Carroll, CEO Public Relations Institute of Ireland (PRII)


“Gavin Duffy has been a great addition to and supporter of the Bank of Ireland Enterprise Programme throughout 2015. His attendance and presence at our Enterprise Town events across the country is always well received as is his genuine interest in local small businesses and the communities in which they operate.  Gavin brings his own unique blend of experience as an entrepreneur and broadcaster to the events and adds value for all those attending, whether they be business owners or local residents.” 

David Merriman, Head of Enterprise Development, Bank of Ireland


“Gavin is an excellent after dinner speaker, very positive, uplifting and inspirational. He really engages with the audience and truly entertains by being funny, serious and most importantly, relevant. He was also a pleasure to deal with in the run up to the event and I would highly recommend him” 

Jerry Moriarty, Director of Policy, Irish Association of Pension Funds


“A quick note of sincere thanks for attending our event yesterday. The feedback has been so positive and the group literally bounced out of the room, full of positivity and brimming with a can-do attitude. As an audience, you held them captive and hit just the right note between light-hearted entertainment with your great stories, and serious messages about how to get the deal over the line. You reminded us all that Ireland has a LOT to offer.”

Helen O’Leary, Global Director of Sales- EMEA & Strategic Accounts, Doyle Collection.

“Gavin did a super job and we actually had our post dinner meeting last Thursday afternoon and everyone in attendance was happy.  The content of his speech was uplifting and he got the crowd laughing.”

Mairead Mullins,  Insurance Institute, November 2012


“We have used personally speaking as a speaker sourcing solution provider for a number of events in County Carlow. Frances and her team provide a professional and effective service which delivers results each and every time adding value and making our events a success. Most recently we used Gavin Duffy from Dragons Den , Gavin presented a breakfast workshop for 50 owner managers and sent them away energized and ready to face the challenges of their business development journey”

Kieran Comerford, Acting CEO Carlow County Enterprise Board, April 2012


“Gavin was most professional and very effective as a guest speaker. His customer service was second to none and he was very generous with his time and attention to our guests.” 

Ashling Ward, Network Manager, Carlow Kilkenny Skillnet