Catalyst Inc announces today that entrepreneur and current Director of Connect, Steve Orr, has been appointed as CEO of Catalyst Inc, replacing our Deputy Chair Dr Norman Apsley OBE, who has held the position for eighteen years. Steve will take up the role on 1 November 2018.

With a degree in Business Information Technology from University of Northumbria, Steve has worked in Buckinghamshire, San Diego and San Francisco. In 2000, Steve co-founded Kineticom Inc, a San Diego, California based technical talent firm. In 2006 Kineticom was ranked #33 on the Inc 500, the list of the fastest growing privately held companies in the US.

In 2008, Steve returned to Northern Ireland to Catalyst Inc, setting up Connect, a community led innovation ecosystem to support entrepreneurs to aim higher and succeed faster. Based on the successful Connect model in San Diego. Steve has successfully led and grown Connect over the last 10 years.