Catherine Moonan is the author of ‘The Pitch Coach’, published by Liberties Press in January 2016. Catherine set up Communication Matters in 2002 to provide training in Communication and Presentation Skills. Since then, Catherine has trained individuals and corporate groups within a wide range of business sectors. Catherine is the Pitch Coach on RTÉ’s ‘Dragons’ Den’, having successfully coached over 500 contestants on all the series to date and helped them to secure over €5 million investment
Catherine has coached entrepreneurs and graduates on many of Ireland’s established start-up programmes. These include Enterprise Ireland’s SPRINT Programme and ‘Access Silicon Valley’ Programme, Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur Finalists, NDRC’s HealthTech and FinTech, UCD’s Innovation AcademyUCD’s Innovation Academy, DCU’s Ryan Academy, DIT’s Hothouse Programme and several New Frontiers Programmes in the Institutes of Technology around Ireland. Catherine was also a mentor with Synbio axlr8r, Makers TV Accelerator, Bank of Ireland Accelerator Programme and Start Planet Northern Ireland. Catherine has also worked as the Pitch Coach for 700 start-ups from 50+ countries as part of the European Innovation Academy (EIA) 2016 in Nice and Turin.
Catherine is also a broadcaster and journalist. She has contributed to the Irish Independent, the Sunday Independent, the Irish Daily Mail, RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, Today FM, Dublin City FM and BBC Radio Humberside. She has also carried out research for RTÉ’s political and business series Prime Time.
Catherine is a graduate of Dublin City University (DCU) and holds an Honours Degree in French and German and a Masters Degree in Journalism; she also holds a Higher Diploma in Education from Trinity College Dublin. Prior to setting up Communication Matters, Catherine’s career background includes working as a member of Aer Lingus Cabin Crew, a French and German Secondary School Teacher and a Manager with Compaq Computers.
View Catherine’s Pitch Coaching session for New Frontiers 2014 Finalists at GMIT
Catherine provides one-to-one pitch coaching for individuals who want to perfect their pitch in order to attract investors and win investment.
Catherine provides pitch workshops nationwide to start-up and accelerator programmes. Workshops range from 5 to 300 participants.
I had the pleasure of working with Catherine on Dragons’ Den, and I know that the contestants really valued her pitch coaching. She eased their nerves beforehand and gave them the confidence to tell their unique story in an engaging manner.
I have worked with Catherine in her capacity as a pitch coach during the first 4 seasons on Dragons’ Den. Catherine is a true professional and knows her subject inside out. She has a really calm approach and a lovely manner which puts her very nervous customers completely at ease. It gives me great pleasure to recommend Catherine
Catherine gets to the core of what a pitch is all about. It’s about telling a convincing story with authenticity. In a short space of time, Catherine cuts through the jargon to simplify the message and ensure it comes across clearly to the audience.
Catherine’s unique approach to real life pitching gave a real spark of energy and enthusiasm to her day’s workshop. It gave all attending a great boost of confidence and supplied them with know-how that they will be able to take away with them and apply to everyday business. The feedback we received was absolutely wonderful
Catherine has been providing a ‘Perfect Pitch’ workshop to DIT Hothouse participants for the last seven years. The feedback from Catherine’s workshop is always very positive and I’d be delighted to recommend her.
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