Aidan Connolly is CEO and president of Cainthus, an Irish artificial intelligence company that uses computer vision to monitor animals. Cainthus’ technology identifies and memorizes individual cows, specifically to understand their feed and water intake, and to track health.
Connolly is also president of AgriTech Capital, a new company in the field of advisory investment and the development of ventures in agriculture, focused on both startups and existing traditional business development.
He is the author of the recently published strategic business planning book “2-1-4-3,” a revolutionary way to plan your business, your sales, your market and your life.
Previously, he worked with Alltech for more than 25 years, initially in Ireland, and then based in France, Brazil and the United States. He has traveled for business to over 100 countries, including extensively in China. From 2002 until 2008, Connolly held the position of vice president of Alltech Europe, and afterward as vice president of corporate accounts in Washington, D.C. As chief innovation officer, he was responsible for the commercialization of Alltech’s global research in addition to leading corporate account strategy.
At Alltech, Connolly was also responsible for the highly anticipated annual Alltech Global Feed Survey. He also led the implementation of The Pearse Lyons Accelerator, a late-stage, ag-tech accelerator run by Alltech and Dogpatch Labs, which received more than 180 applications from more than 30 countries for its inaugural program.
His expertise is in branding, agriculture and international marketing. Connolly is an adjunct professor of marketing at University College Dublin and visiting professor at China Agricultural University. He is a former member of the European Union Association of Specialty Feed Ingredients and their Mixtures (FEFANA) and the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA).
He received a bachelor’s degree in commerce from University College Dublin and a master’s degree in international marketing from the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School at University College Dublin.