Cork Startup Weekend

    Friday, October 2 - 4, 2015

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Cork Startup Weekend

Friday, October 2 - 4, 2015

Friday, October 2 - 4, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Western Gateway Building
University College Cork
Western Rd
Cork, Ireland

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Cork is back for another Startup Weekend!!

About Startup Weekend: Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.  Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations.  Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurials. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.  Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.


Friday October 2nd

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

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

7:30 pm
Welcome & Opening with Ernest Cantillon
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

8:45 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

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday October 3rd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

11:00 am
Techie Check In
Tech mentors will help teams set up their technology stacks

1:00 pm

2:00 pm
Biz Check In
Business mentors will help teams with their product market fit and be able to answer any queries that pop up

6:30 pm

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

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday October 4th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

11:00 am
Designer Check In
Designers arrive to help teams with their UI. Ask Questions!

1:00 pm

3:00 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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


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!

Donal O'Callaghan
Wellness At Work Co-Founder

Donal has worked in the health and fitness industry as an ACE Personal Trainer since 1996 focusing mainly on team/group training.

He co-founded Wellness@Work in 1999 which provides Corporate Wellness Programmes mainly in Cork and Dublin.

On-going clients would include EMC, Eli Lilly, Ervia, Cork City Council, RCI and many more.
Donal will be delivering a talk on work/life balance, and the importance of dealing with stress and maintaining a healthy life style. 

Event Judges

David Coallier
Data Scientist, Founder & Angel Investor

David is a technologist, an avid learner, an angel investor, a startup advisor, and a serial entrepreneur that likes to share stories about his successes, acquisitions, exits, choices, and failures. He is currently the founder of Security as a Service company

Frank Hannigan
Managing Partner @ Pathfinder, Ireland

Frank Hannigan has a 25 year track record of building and scaling successful businesses in the ICT sector. Having moved from a successful career in Traditional Media over a dozen years ago, he has played key leadership roles within Ireland On-Line, Digiserve, EBRD, WeddingsOnline, Razor, and most recently

Frank is a Business Graduate of Trinity College Dublin.

Extensive international experience in business development, evaluation, consultancy and training, in areas such as local economic development, entrepreneurship and venture creation working in USA, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, UK, Taiwan, Albania, Mongolia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Serbia and Montenegro.

Peter Coppinger
Founder / CEO / Lead Developer at

Peter founded Digital Crew as a consultancy back in 2007, built up a consultancy making software for pharmaceutical companies in Cork, then created "Teamwork Project Manager" cloud based software to help run the business.

Teamwork Project Manager became "" in January 2014.

The full story is at

Coaches and Mentors

Chris Kennedy
CTO & Co-Founder

An enthusiastic, dedicated and professional team player,Chris has previous web engineering experience with Monster Worldwide (North America), working on a variety of technologies including .NET, XML, XSL and Javascript. 

A graduate of Business Information Systems (University College Cork, Ireland), Chris was responsible for developing and maintaining the entire web platform for Cubic Telecom, which included the development of a white label portal solution, custom management backend and dashboard, and a suite of API's that integrated directly with Cubic Telecom's core telecommunications network, and other major networks around the globe.

Chris is currently working as CTO in Trustev, a company he co-founded in 2012. Putting the Who and not just the How back into the Online Payment equation through real-time, online identity verification, Trustev uses social data and a number of additional dynamic data sources to verify a potential customers identity ensuring that an online merchant can be assured they are transacting with a real individual.

Louise Johnston
Business Dev & Relationship Engineer

Louise has over 8 years sales and marketing experience in the FMCG industry working for two global brands (Red Bull & Bacardi) and for various venues in the entertainment industry in Ireland. More recently she has been managing and developing brands for online media.

She currently holds the title of Business Development & Relationship Engineer with Barricade which provides Easy, Powerful Web Security.

Olan Hodnett
Director @ instaMedia

Olan hails from cork and is the definition of "a man about town". Olan has worked in many places around town with various jobs.  He began his social media career 4 years ago. Starting with a local media agency and moving onto marketing manager for Ernest Cantillon enterprises. Olan always wanted to go out on his own so about two years ago he founded Instamedia which they ran for 3 months in the kitchen of his house.  Since then it has grown to an 8 strong team offering a full digital media service and been nominated for multiple awards in the industry.  He has also seen great success because of hiring Eoin Derham, who he also made write this bio.  Olan is fond of the gym and the great outdoors and if he's not making deals he's engulfing meals. 

John Peavoy
VP of Sales & Commercial Development

John has over 15 years experience selling new business for technically demanding and/or complex business solutions to blue-chip global OEM customers. Exceptional at defining and executing sales strategies, developing strong, high-level relationships, identifying business opportunities, building consensus internally and closing sales opportunities. John has proven himself as excellent at managing at all levels within an organization, including working with corporate management and boards.

Jeanne Hurley
Founder at Primary Diary

Jeanne is the founder of Primary Diary; a a new and innovative web and mobile application which facilitates effective communication between parents and teachers.

As a teacher with over 5 years experience she identified the importance of ensuring parents were regularly updated about school events, homework and individual child reports, which is what Primary Diary aims to build on.

Owen O'Brien
Lecturer, Founder, Business Mentor

Owen has ran several successful businesses over 20 years and sold to a multinational in 2007.

An avid property developer and Investor, he now lectures in Entrepreneurship at University College Cork and mentoring business in West Cork.

Kieran Walsh
Co-Founder @ WhatSalon

Kieran has founded and exited businesses in a variety of fields - from e-commerce to fitness studios. He is passionate about startup life and is keen to share his experiences as well as to learn from others.
Having co-founded National Beauty Distribution in 2010, he has helped grow it into the leading PR, marketing a distribution company for emerging brands in the beauty industry in Ireland. Through the experience derived in the industry, he then co-founded WhatSalon - a mobile application that allows you to browse and book appointments in salons local to you. They have just closed their Series A and are now launching in London.

Shane McCarthy
CEO - BlueChief Social

Gordon Murray
Founder of Murrion Software and CTO at WhatSalon

Gordon founded Murrion Software in 2009 in Cork. We are a team of software developers, a front-end designer and a project manager.
We work closely with startups and established businesses to plan out and develop software products along with their surrounding infrastructure needs.
We focus on coding conventions, automated testing and deployments, to scale products along with the clients changing business needs.

Eoin Derham

It's very simple. He loves the idea of marketing/advertising. He always has and gets genuine enjoyment from the different ways people can achieve mass communication to the masses in new and innovate ways. He loves outside the box thinking and adventurous strategies. Life is too short not to take risks this is even more applicable to marketing. 

In the words of Jack Black - "I'm not the perfect son, but you'll all be rocking when I'm done"

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Organizing Team

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