Startup Next Dublin

    Wednesday, October 21 - December 2, 2015


  1. Program Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers and Mentors
  4. Sponsors
  5. Facilitating Team

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Startup Next
Dublin

Wednesday, October 21 - December 2, 2015



Wednesday, October 21 - December 2, 2015
Program starts at 6:00 pm

Google Gordon House Barrow Street
Dublin , Ireland


Applications have closed

Startup Next, a Techstars program, is the #1 startup pre-acceleration program in the world.

Startup Next prepares startups for accelerators and seed investment, by providing high quality mentorship and leveraging a global network of investors, mentors and founders. 

The program is designed in such a way that founders are able to continue building their product, since it's a part time program, that consists of 3-hour weekly sessions for 6 weeks. The program is free of charge and no equity is taken.

Even though Startup Next is part of Techstars, it’s not exclusively preparing startups for Techstars accelerator programs.  Over time we have built a strong network of accelerators and investors worldwide and work closely with them to refer our accelerator/investor-ready alumni. 

Startup Next has helped more than 50 startups get into top accelerators and raise more than $40 million dollars in funding. See our success stories and case studies.

Check out the program overview to learn more, and read FAQs to understand whether Startup Next is a good fit for your startup. Feel free to reach out to dublin@startupnext.co with other questions.




Program Schedule

Wednesday October 21st


6:00 pm
Opening Remarks
Startup Next opening presentation and program expectations


6:10 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Accelerators, followed by a Q&A session


6:55 pm
Team Pitches
60 sec elevator pitches by teams, followed by feedback from peers, facilitators, and mentors


7:40 pm
Session Recap
Learnings and expectations for next session


7:55 pm
Networking

Wednesday October 28th


6:00 pm
Russell Banks - Investor Sheet
Speaker on weekly topic - Customer Development, followed by a Q&A session


6:45 pm
Team Pitches
60 sec elevator pitches by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentors


7:45 pm
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


8:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates and expectations for the next session

Wednesday November 11th


6:00 pm
Ed Fidgeon Kavanagh - Clearpreso
Speaker on weekly topic - Pitching, followed by a Q&A session


6:45 pm
Team Pitches
60 sec elevator pitches by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentors


7:45 pm
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


8:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates and expectations for the next session

Wednesday November 18th


6:00 pm
Neill Gernon
Speaker on weekly topic - Product Market Fit, followed by a Q&A session


6:45 pm
Team Pitches
3 min pitches with slides by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentors


7:45 pm
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


8:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates and expectations for the next session

Wednesday November 25th


6:00 pm
Johnny Harte
Speaker on weekly topic - Market Sizing, followed by a Q&A session


6:45 pm
Team Pitches
3 min pitches with slides by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentors


7:45 pm
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


8:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates and expectations for the demo day

Wednesday December 2nd


6:00 pm
David Bowles - Delta Partners
Speaker on weekly topic - Fundability, followed by a Q&A session


6:45 pm
Team Pitches
3 min pitches with slides by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentors


7:45 pm
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


8:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates and expectations for the demo day


Speakers and Mentors


Jade O'Connor
Founder of UI / UX company HiBeam.co - SPEAKER

Mentor - Startup Bootcamp Ireland
Founder - Hibeam.co
CTO, Co-Founder & Developer Redeem&Get

Specialties: User Interface Design | Information Architecture | Content Strategy | Usability | Front End Coding | Project Objective Setting | Development Liaise


Claire McHugh
CEO and Co-Founder of Axonista

Axonista's award-winning technology powers a whole new generation of intuitive smart video experiences for some of the world’s leading brands and media companies, including QVC and AOL.

Prior to Axonista, Claire was part of the team that established the Setanta Sports channels in Ireland and the UK. Her experience across broadcast and mobile industries has cemented Claire’s reputation as a recognised thought leader and speaker at global industry events, and as a trusted advisor to numerous startup communities.

She is also an ambassador for the Silicon Valley based accelerator Blackbox Connect, and for Going for Growth, an Irish initiative to support female entrepreneurs to achieve their growth ambitions.



Neill Gernon
Founder/MD of Atrovate

Neill is Founder of Atrovate and organiser of Dublin.AI.

He was former Programme Lead for Launchbox, the technology startup accelerator inside Trinity College Dublin. Prior to that he founded Hustlehack Incubator and the Cyber Startup Summit in London.



David Scanlon
Venture Investment Lead, NDRC / Startup Grind Director Dublin

I make ventures happen with NDRC, and educate, inspire, and connect the Dublin ecosystem with Startup Grind. As an NDRC Venture Investment Lead I source, engage, guide and enable teams to transform the best ideas into globally scalable businesses.

An experienced executive, with a career spanning software engineering, public sector trade development, private sector business development - all built on a vocation as an evangelist for the Irish startup community. I am a talented communicator and connector, with a unique understanding of the Irish and European startup ecosystems.


Stephen Moran
Innovation Manager at Bank of Ireland

I advise on consumer behaviours, emerging technologies, and broader societal trends. Charting a course for customers to 2025 and beyond. Guiding startups and fintech investment. Helping to shape the future experience.


Fionnuala Healy
Startup Development Manager, Trinity College Dublin

Fionnuala advises startups emerging from academic research, supporting innovations from idea through to economic impact. Previously, she was CTO of Gotcha Ninjas, an EdTech startup, and a strategy consultant and business advisor with Garavogue Consulting, and has a proven track record in leading and delivering complex engineering and IT global projects. She has a particular interest in effectively using big data and the resulting data security, protection, and privacy issues, and is an advocate of privacy by design. She became an engineer after watching a few too many episodes of MacGyver, loves it when a startup plan comes together, and in her spare time is a SUXmas elf. She is passionate about successfully supporting teams in delivering new and innovative ideas from inception to market success.


Nubi Kay
Chief Happiness Officer

Nubi Kay is a Business Analyst at Accenture Ireland. Having had a spell as a startup founder in Nigeria, his passion for startups continues in Ireland where he has gone ahead to co-organize a number of Startup Weekends in Dublin as well as establish the Umbala Project with a focus to increase cultural inclusion in the Irish tech ecosystem. He's always ready to talk about entrepreneurship and all things digital. You can also connect with him on twitter - @NubiKay 



Charles Dowd
CEO at Bynk.me

Bynk is Charles’ latest startup where he is CEO.

He has 25 years of experience in software and Internet solutions, via loyalty, student travel and enterprise solutions.

His career spans across the United States and Ireland, and years at IBM and Facebook.


DC Cahalane
VP Growth & Marketing at Teamwork.com

I'm a full stack marketeer ; from the early stages of brand building and name recognition, to big launch events, managing press and publicity, product promotion and building out the day to day marketing and publicity machine that's going to bring the right sorts of customers and sales lead to the door.

In the last five years, I’ve helped over 60 startup companies find funding, get themselves together and launch their first product all over the globe. I have considerable experience in working with technology startups , transitioning them from the early days of bootstrapping into revenue-generating companies.


Russell Banks
CEO at Investor Sheet

Russell is CEO of Investor Sheet and a customer acquisition specialist.

A huge supporter of the Dublin Startup Eco-System, curating the Startup Digest Dublin, producing DublinBeta and previosuly an organiser of  Startup Weekend Dublin!


Ed Fidgeon-Kavanagh
Chief Presentationist, Clearpreso

Ed is a pitch consultant who has helped startup clients raise over $20 Million in funding.

He helps his clients to deliver winning presentations that replace the usual “death by powerpoint” style of presentation with one that is simple, clear and engaging.

Having come from a business background he approaches presentations from both a business-sense as well as design standpoint, knowing that for a winning pitch both aspects need to be well thought out.



Andreea Wade
Co Founder & CEO at Opening.io

Andreea is the co-founder of Opening. She has a background in coding, design, journalism, events, advertising, marketing and product management. She is a connector of people, a key tech community member, founder of AskATon and StartupHiking, organiser of a number of Startup Weekends in Dublin and a member of the Women in Technology and Science (WITS) Ireland board. Andreea is a startup mentor, having mentored in all the major incubators and accelerators in Dublin. You will sometimes find her on a stage


Johnny Harte
Outsourced CFO

Johnny Harte assists companies to grow and develop profitable and successful businesses by utilising his  accounting and business expertise gained over a decade.

He adds value to client companies by adopting a partnership approach to the finance function and to examine areas of the business that can be improved or enhanced.



David Bowles
Delta Partners VC

David Bowles joined Delta in 2012 where he focuses primarily on ICT opportunities in Ireland and the UK.

Following time at IBM and Merrill Lynch, David joined McKinsey & Company Consulting where he advised a wide range of clients including internet start ups, mobile phone operators and private equity firms.

After McKinsey, David joined the senior management team of ezetop as the Head of Online and Head of Product before leaving to advise a number of multi-nationals and start-up companies in the areas of online sales, technology and fund-raising.

David received a Masters in Business from Smurfit Business School, University College Dublin (2007) and a BA Mod in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin (2006).


Program Sponsors and Partners

The Startup Next Dublin team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.


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Facilitating Team

  • Gene
    Murphy
  • Nubi
    Kay
  • Tracy
    Keogh


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