Startup Weekend Cork

    Friday, March 29 - 31, 2019

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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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.

Saturday March 30th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

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

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

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards

7:30 pm
Wrap Up

8:00 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.

Jayne Ronayne
CEO - Talivest

Jayne Ronayne is CEO of Talivest, which provides workplace tools to help organisations retain their employees.

Talivest is a cloud-based engagement and insights solution used by customers like Cpl, GVC and Pernod Ricard. 
The company has offices in Dublin and Lisbon and is backed by leading global investors including Nicolas Bergurren and Liam Casey among others. 
Jayne has been featured as one of Ireland's Top 30 under 30 two years in a row and was previously an ambassador for the Sandbox Dublin community hub. This is Jayne's second start-up company which originally started in the middle of University after working for a summer in the Entrepreneur of the Year programme in EY Ireland. Jayne is an active member in the start-up community globally and is on the board for Cork's newest office hub 'Republic of Work'.

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.

Louise Fox
Amazon Web Services

Louise is a graduate of University College Cork (BSc Computer Science). For the last two years, she has been working as a Cloud Support Engineer at Amazon Web Services (AWS), Dublin, working within the Security team.

Her role within the team sees her being directly involved with AWS’s full suite of cyber security services, not only proving support for the likes of Access Management issues and DDoS response, but also building and testing solutions for SME customers globally.

Alongside her daily work in AWS, Louise is an advocate for supporting women in tech initiatives, striving to have more women actively engaged in the IT sector. She was also a keynote speaker in the iWish Cork conference in 2017.

Tom Cotter
Chief Executive Officer

Tom Cotter founded Rash'R to give water users a shopping experience with superior product and world-class customer experience. Rash'R launched in 2017 with the first bespoke rash vest service , revolutionizing the way people buy their water apparel.

Today, through Tom's vision and leadership, Rash'R is becoming a dominant lifestyle brand with vests being sold to 14 countries. The company has expanded into additional product lines including women's, kids and toddlers. In 2018 Rash'R won Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur Awards in Cork City.

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.

Sian Horn

She is the CEO of Elite Pilates and BeBelle Sportswear as well as creator of bespoke ‘social wellness’ days for corporates. Individuals and corporations have been impacted by her approach to connecting the body and mind in a more social way. A sample of past clients include Fota Collection, Brown Thomas and Network Ireland .As an MC and keynote speaker, she is entertaining and fun, and is particularly well liked for her ‘off the cuff’ approach to calling things as they are. But it is her personal story of resilience that leaves a lasting impression with audiences and encourages them to keep moving forward to make progress and seek opportunities.She has featured across a range of media outlets including RTE, and has contributed to features in Irish Country Magazine. She also has an engaged online audience across Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Topics she is astute in speaking on include; body positivity, resilience, motivation and empowerment.

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.

Patrick Hogan
Group Managing Director of Sea Box

Patrick Hogan is Group Managing Director of Sea Box Group, Which is FDI company based in Cork started in 2016 with Sea Box Inc New Jersey. Sea Box EMEA specialises in the design, custom modification and manufacturing of ISO shipping and storage containers, refrigerated containers, containerised shelters, modular building systems some of their clients NASA, US Military along with subcontractors  Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Dell, PODs and Amazon to name a few I Sea Box Energy develops, designs and builds Intermodal Heating or Refit Solutions and Energy Storage Systems for industrial and commercial companies We work with enterprise of all sizes to provide the best energy solutions in EMEA and East Coast United States. From big box stores to industrial applications, we have you covered using our patented technology. And launching soon number of ecommerce business based out of Cork  I NRG Store Marketplace is an e-commerce platform owned and operated by Sea Box Group that enables other party sellers to sell new products for the building and energy sector focus on begin worlds online home of building on a fixed-price. I Smart Builder Smart Builder Program on NRG Store will allow customers looking to do high-end retrofit with online anytime day or night with the NRG Store | Featured in Business & Finance Magazine | Winner of Hi Style Magazine Most Stylish Man 2018

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
  • DC
  • Frank
  • Patrick


HuíChí Man
Director @ Provenance Events

HuiChi is the Director for Provenance Events. HuiChi enjoys working with innovative startups and transformative technology. HuiChi's goal is to help entrepreneurs, startups, enterprises and governments understand the capabilities of building with blockchain technology - meaning developing the product first.

Previously, founded her own tech startup Reecescribe which was accelerated through Ireland's national entrepreneurship programmes; LEO Dublin City & Enterprise Ireland's New Frontiers programme. (The youngest person to be accepted on Enterprise Ireland's programme). 

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