Inspirefest 2017

Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh

Inventor & CEO, Sugru

Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh is the inventor and CEO of Sugru, the world’s first mouldable glue. Originally from Ireland, Jane studied at the Royal College of Art in London, where she had an idea that led to the first version of Sugru in 2003. While there, she imagined a world where this magic material existed and set out to make it a reality.

Six years and 8,000 lab hours later, the formula for Sugru was complete. Made in London, Sugru launched in December 2009 and its community of users has continued to grow, reaching millions of customers in more than 160 countries.

Ní Dhulchaointigh is passionate about promoting a culture of creativity and resourcefulness, and sees it as an antidote to the throwaway mindset. Her mission is hitting a chord with the growing number of people looking to live more sustainably while doing what they love.

Sugru has received recognition from Time magazine as one of the 50 Best Inventions of 2010 and it has been dubbed “21st-century duct tape” by Forbes.

In 2012, Ní Dhulchaointigh won the inaugural London Design Festival Design Entrepreneur award, while The Observer listed Sugru as one of Britain’s New Radicals: a UK business changing the world for the better. CNN also named the CEO as one of seven tech superheroes to watch in 2015.