Startup Weekend Cork

    Friday, March 29 - 31, 2019

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Cork

Friday, March 29 - 31, 2019

Friday, March 29 - 31, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Republic Of Work
12 South Mall
Cork , Ireland

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?
 Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.   Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.  

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience.

Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.
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Friday March 29th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in. ( Eat some pizza and drink some beers )

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas. Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.

10:00 pm
Sober Lane
One free drink at Sober Lane

Saturday March 30th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

10:00 am
Coaches will arrive
Coaches will be on hand to help out with any difficulties teams may come across

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

9:00 pm
Electric Bar

Sunday March 31st

10:00 am
Breakfast and Check In
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

1:00 pm

1:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm
Final Presentation

6:00 pm
Judging & Awards

6:30 pm
Wrap Up

7:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Fearghal Kelly

Fearghal Kelly joined Digisoft in 2012.  He has successfully built several development groups for BBC Broadcast and BBH and once ran a boutique B&B.  Before joining Digisoft he held various leadership roles with Piksel (Kit Digital), ioko and Teletext.  Prior to Kit, he worked at BBC Broadcast where he founded the software group that developed the BBC iPlayer in 2002.
Fearghal holds a BSc from UMIST and an HCI Masters from UCL

Cathy Mannion

Cathy Mannion was appointed Commissioner for Aviation regulation in 2015 and is responsible for setting Dublin airport charges, regulating airport slots, licensing air carriers/the travel trade and air passenger rights.

Previously, she was a Director in the Commission for Energy Regulation with a variety of responsibilities over the years. She was responsible for developing policy for many aspects of the Irish energy markets and a service to deal with customer queries and complaints. Cathy has led the National Smart Metering Programme in Ireland and set up the structure for the economic regulation of water services for domestic and business customers.

Coaches and Mentors

Brian Kenny
Founder at MiniCorp

Brian founded MiniCorp, an international digital product agency that nurtures ideas from concept to successful products. Brian helps startups and enterprises to rapidly define, test and build their product. He also helps them to secure investment and assist in building out their teams internationally during high growth periods.

Brian has leveraged the growth of MiniCorp to create and invest in multiple product ideas. Prior to the inception of MiniCorp, Brian co-founded Media inMotion, a steaming wireless in-flight entertainment, travel,  and retail platform.

Frank Hannigan

A Start-up Founder, Advisor, Investor and Senior Executive.   

Frank has excelled as a business advisor for more than 20 years. Actively serving on the board of RTE and the IMCA. A Dubliner who has laid roots in Cork who has accumulated a wealth of experience. He has worked with more than 1,000 SME’s, both nationally and internationally in every sector ranging from furniture to high tech helping them be more effective. Frank has a wealth of expertise and experience with helping SME leadership teams to develop compelling strategies.  

He knows the reality as well as the theory that defines winning strategy for Sales & Marketing, Organisation, Export and Innovation. A serial networker and business graduate of TCD. His work has been recognised by MII, IoD and IMCA. A Certified Management Consultant who is committed to his community and in particular the GAA.

Ernest Cantillon
Director at Kinsale Spirit Co

Ernest Cantillon is the director at some of corks favorite bars & restaurants such as Electric and Sober Lane and he was previously the President of the Cork Business Association.

His outstanding marketing & social media campaigns have gotten himself and his business noticed nationwide and abroad everywhere from the Irish examiner to the CNBC and ABC news in the US. He was also involved in bringing the first Startup Weekend to Cork back in 2013!

Evin O'Keeffe
Founder & Creator

Evin Bail O'Keeffe is the founder and creative director of Anchor and Bee, a bespoke publishing and content company. Evin's blogging awards include the "Best Corporate Marketing Blog" while at, and a bronze and two golds for her personal craft blog, Raised in the US, Evin moved to Cork in 2008 from Silicon Valley.

Eamon Curtin
Director - IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme

Eamon is Director of IGNITE, the international award winning start-up programme at University College Cork, where he has supported over 100 recent graduates to start new businesses. He has extensive prior experience as mentor, coach, consultant and trainer working with owner managed businesses and SMEs to start and scale businesses. Eamon is particularly interested in developing innovative business models. He holds a BEng (Electronics) from University of Limerick and an MBA from University College Cork.

Chris Kennedy

Chris is Founder and CEO of dyscover ( Chris founded dyscover in 2019 to give everyone total ownership of their identity. Leveraging the latest cryptography algorithms and the power of blockchain, dyscover makes it safer and easier to use and verify your identity. For businesses, a verified and trusted identity means better authentication, faster on-boarding and up to a 90% reduction in costs associated with KYC (Know Your Customer) and AML (Anti Money Laundering).

Chris, one of Ireland's 'Top 30 Under 30'  (2013), was also founder and CTO of Trustev, a global leader in preventing e-commerce fraud. Winners of the European Commission's Tech All Star in 2013, one of Forbes Hottest Global Startups 2013, and winners at SXSW in 2014 and 2015. Trustev was acquired by TransUnion in December 2015 for $44m to create a powerful combination of software intelligence and rich data to stop online fraud.

Chris Johnson
Solutions Architect

Chris Johnson is an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Solutions Architect. He lives here in Cork and supports customers across Ireland. He can be found frequently near the coffee machine in Republic of Work, and is around to help with any architectural questions or provide guidance. He can help you in designing your application to be more secure, scalable, fault tolerant and cost optimised for AWS.

Emmett Walsh
DevOps Engineer at Glitch

Emmett works as a DevOps Engineer at Glitch, the friendly community where you’ll find the app of your dreams. His experience in marketing, sales, consulting and IT have allowed him to help companies of all sizes, from 10 person early-stage operations all the way up to international corporations. In recent years he's specialised in programming, turning business requirements into reliable, scalable software.

Lisa Stacey

Passionate about technology and business, entrepreneur, founder and owner of WebArt Ltd Web Design Agency with offices in Cork, Gorey, Co. Wexford and Blackrock, Co. Dublin also founder of online ecommerce business Web Designer, Web Developer, networker and innovator. In business since 2009 after 15 years in IT support for UCC & HSE. Love family, outdoors, technology and business, I love what I do and am passionate about both business and technology and love helping businesses build their online presence by building quality Search Engine Optimised websites, Content Management Systems, Blogs, Ecommerce and custom build online solution. I am dedicated to customer satisfaction and providing a professional quality service and building lasting relationships with my clients.
Currently using technologies such as XHTML, CSS, JS, JQuery, AJAX, EXT JS, PHP, Mysql, I custom develop sites from the ground up as well customising Open Source web software such as Joomla, Wordpress,Moodle, Open Cart, Magento etc. I also work with clients on SEO, Online Marketing and Social Marketing. With a strong Server and Computer Systems Support background in both Windows and Linux systems currently using Linux Servers for WebArt's Web Development and Hosting.

Peter O'Connor
Managing Director at Alicadoo

As Senior Managing Director at Alicadoo, Peter works with high tech fast growth US & European companies expanding their footprint into new markets with new products and indigenous companies who want to supplement their internal lead generation teams and need to ramp up sales or build new pipeline in new markets. Peter has worked with over 50 start-ups through the New Frontiers program in Cork & Waterford over the past three years.

Prior to Alicadoo, Peter has a record of success in many senior management roles in corporate and business line and start-ups with firms. Peter was previously Vice President of Sales EUROPE at SolarWinds, a global IT management software provider. Prior to SolarWinds, Peter was Vice President of Corvil in Asia-Pacific for two years based in Singapore and Managing Director of its European operations for seven years.

Prior to Corvil, Peter was Managing Director of Ericsson Enterprise, and Global Director of Network Integration at Olivetti (UK) where he managed international accounts such as BT and its joint venture partners in Europe based in London.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Cork team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Cork is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Amy
  • Caroline
  • Ruben
  • Patrick
  • DC
  • Frank


Rick Nassar
Blockchain Startups Analyst | Global Facilitator | Tech YouTuber

Blockchain Startups Analyst, Tech YouTuber, Social Entrepreneur & Global Facilitator. 

"One of the Top 50 Tech Movers & Shakers in Ireland" By Business & Finance Magazine
Apart from moonlighting as an Internet Creator, Rick is always excited to speak and moderate at events, as well as advising companies on their business models, communications and development strategies. Currently, his main work is with Blockchain Reactor in Development and Strategy.

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