Startup Next Dublin

    Wednesday, April 13 - May 18, 2016


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

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Startup Next
Dublin

Wednesday, April 13 - May 18, 2016



Wednesday, April 13 - May 18, 2016
Program starts at 6:00 pm


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 April 13th


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


6:10 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Funding, 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 April 20th


6:00 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
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 April 27th


6:00 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
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 May 4th


6:00 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Market Sizing, 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 May 11th


6:00 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
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 May 18th


6:00 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Accelerators, 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


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.



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


Stephen Moran
Innovation Manager at Bank of Ireland

Stephen advises 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.


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.


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.


Valentina Borovaya
Google Analytics Premium Account Manager at Google

Valentina Borovaya is passionate Google Analytics user since 2008.

Originally from Kazakhstan, she moved to Dublin in 2013 and she is now helping major SEM agencies in Russia to master Google advertising products.

She is also a co-founder of 6 content-heavy travel and education websites. Check her blog here: http://borovaya.info - but be aware, it is in Russian ;)


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).


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.



Gary Leyden
Director at NDRC LaunchPad - SPEAKER

Gary is an early stage technology investor. As Director of NDRC LaunchPad, he specialises in helping new ventures to create value propositions that contribute to building repeatable and scalable business models. He has invested in over 100 startups during the last four years, including Soundwave, Boxever, Fieldaware, Logentries, Newswhip, Bizimply and VideoElephant. As an entrepreneur himself, he founded both Computer Gym And Vrising. With a background in the ICT sector, Gary brings a strong customer focus to the organisations with which he works, aligning technical solutions with customer problems. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and holds an MBA from the Smurfit Graduate School of Business.



Facilitating Team

  • Gene
    Murphy
  • Nubi
    Kay
  • Donal
    Cahalane
  • Gennadii
    Nissenbaum
  • Artem
    Kalugin


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