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About The
Start Up Shop

At The Start Up Shop, we’re a team of qualified professionals with diverse individual experiences across various sectors, each armed with specialized industry-specific knowledge to support your company. We pride ourselves on being your complete “one-stop shop” for all your Company Formations and Corporate Services compliance needs. In collaboration with our sister company, Officepal.ie, we proactively and warmly cater to all your business requirements.

Meet Our CEO – John Donnelly

John Donnelly is a seasoned professional with over three decades of expertise in both industry and practice. He is a qualified accountant, tax advisor and management consultant. His extensive background includes roles such as Financial Controller, Finance Director, and Partner within a wide range of companies, spanning Irish technology firms, manufacturing enterprises, and service sectors. He has also worked with reputable accounting firms, gaining comprehensive experience.

In his industry roles, John has acquired a deep understanding of the day-to-day intricacies of running a business. This includes vital aspects like staff recruitment, IT selection and implementation, internal controls, general financial management, and compliance.

Throughout his time in practice, John served as a Partner, where he honed his skills in Accountancy, Taxation, and Company Secretarial matters. He has advised numerous clients from diverse industries, providing comprehensive guidance across all facets of their businesses.

John’s impressive portfolio includes non-executive directorship positions, and he currently serves on the boards of several Irish companies, contributing a wealth of experience and insight.

Start Up Shop

Specialized Support for Start-Ups and Directors​

John specializes in providing consultancy services tailored to Irish start-up companies. He also excels in assisting Irish Resident and Non-Resident directors with their company formations and ensuring ongoing compliance.

In 2010, John Donnelly, our CEO, was appointed Peace Commissioner by the Department of Justice, granting him the authority to sign a wide range of legal documents in-house. This unique capability streamlines our services, ensuring prompt and efficient handling of crucial legal matters.

With The Start Up Shop, you have a reliable partner with a wealth of experience, the ability to handle legal matters efficiently, and a commitment to simplifying complex matters, all while maintaining a proactive and friendly approach.

The Start-Up Shop : A Journey from Passion to Pioneering

Every successful business begins with a dream, a spark of inspiration, and the determination to bring that vision to life. The Start-Up Shop’s story is no different. Founded by Mr. John Donnelly, a visionary entrepreneur with a passion for business and a commitment to supporting others on their entrepreneurial journeys, our story is a testament to the power of innovation, hard work, and a client-centric approach.

The Start-Up Shop was born out of a simple yet powerful idea: to make the process of starting and managing a business in Ireland as seamless as possible. Mr. Donnelly, our founder, had a deep understanding of the challenges that budding entrepreneurs faced. Having set up his first company for a client in 2004, he recognized the complexities involved in navigating business regulations, understanding company formation, and ensuring compliance. This insight led to the creation of a company dedicated to simplifying these processes, allowing entrepreneurs to focus on what truly matters: bringing their ideas to life.
From day one, Mr. Donnelly set a clear course: to place our clients at the center of everything we do. He understood that each client is unique, with their own aspirations, challenges, and goals. This insight became the cornerstone of our approach – tailoring our services to meet the specific needs of every client.
As our reputation for exceptional service grew, so did our team of experts. Mr. Donnelly assembled a group of professionals who shared his passion for entrepreneurship and commitment to excellence. Their deep knowledge of Irish business regulations, compliance, and company formation allowed us to provide unparalleled guidance to our clients.
In the ever-evolving business landscape, Mr. Donnelly and The Start-Up Shop recognized the importance of innovation and adaptability. We embraced technological advancements, streamlining processes, and providing clients with user-friendly tools to simplify their business operations. We continually adapted to changes in regulations and market dynamics, ensuring our clients remained ahead of the curve.
While our primary focus was on helping businesses thrive, we also recognized our responsibility to the broader community and the environment. We actively engaged in corporate social responsibility initiatives, supporting causes that aligned with our values. We minimized our ecological footprint and sought ways to give back to society.
Today, The Start-Up Shop stands as a beacon of support for entrepreneurs in Ireland and beyond. We’ve helped countless individuals and businesses turn their dreams into reality, guiding them through the complexities of business formation, compliance, and growth.

Our commitment to our core values – client-centricity, integrity, expertise, innovation, teamwork, simplicity, responsibility, passion, excellence, and adaptability – remains unwavering. These values continue to guide us as we evolve and expand our services to meet the ever-changing needs of the business world.

As we look to the future, our mission remains clear: to empower entrepreneurs, simplify the business journey, and contribute positively to the entrepreneurial ecosystem. With the same passion and dedication that fueled Mr. Donnelly’s journey and the inception of The Start-Up Shop, we eagerly embrace the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead, knowing that every success story we help create is a testament to our own journey and the impact we make on the world of business.

Our Team

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Andy Newman


Alicia Keys

Marketing Director

Mike Divor


Patricia Ralph


Nick Zele


Amanda Grey

PR Management

Greg Silmer


Rossa Pelmar


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