Startup Weekend Dublin

    Friday, November 11 - 13, 2016

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Startup Weekend Dublin

Friday, November 11 - 13, 2016

Friday, November 11 - 13, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Google Dublin

Dublin, Ireland

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What can you create in a weekend?

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation.

The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback! If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur and contribute to a more sustainable world, be part of Startup Weekend Dublin.

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Friday November 11th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 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

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:30 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

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

Saturday November 12th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Lean Canvas with Gary Leyden
Learn all about the lean canvas strategy with Gary Leyden Commercial Director with NDRC Launchpad.

10:15 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

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

Sunday November 13th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

1:30 pm
Pitch Practice
Get your first run at your pitch with our team!

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

3:30 pm
Early Dinner

4:30 pm
Final Presentations

6:30 pm
Panel Discussion
We invite back Startup Weekend Dublin organisers over the past 7 years to chat all about the Dublin Startup community!

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards

7:30 pm

8:00 pm
Go Home / After Party!


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.

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!

Andreea Wade
Co Founder & CEO at

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

Amy Neale
Vice President & Business Leader at MasterCard

Almost 20 years experience in technology commercialisation and business development.

Currently leading MasterCard's Start Path Global programme and working with early stage companies in the fintech, commerce and payments space to grow their businesses.

Previously part of the startup team and Director of Communications at NDRC, an early stage investor in technology startup companies and ranked #2 University Business Accelerator in the world.

Led the Business Development team for Queen Mary, University of London, managing a team to identify opportunities for technology commercialisation and industry collaboration.

Named as as one of the 100 top women in STEM in Ireland in 2014. In the same year, designed and led the Female Founders startup programme for 10 early stage companies with women in a founding role.

Stephen Moran
Head of R&D, Bank of Ireland

Stephen leads Bank of Ireland's R&D programme in customer technologies. He has over 20 years’ experience with leading MNC's in engineering, research, and technology analyst roles, and is particularly focused on the potential of new platforms to radically alter international trade; improving the customer experience, increasing organisational efficiency, and reducing costs. Stephen holds an honours degree in Physics from Durham University, a postgraduate diploma in Information Systems from DIT and currently serves on the European Banking Federation (EBF) and Euro Banking Association (EBA) blockchain and smart payments taskforces.

Event Judges

Cian Ó Mongáin
Head of Domestic Customers, Large Customer Sales - Ireland

Cian has been working with clients of all sizes and at all stages of their development for the last 20 years in Ireland.

He is currently Head of Domestic Clients for Google's Large Customer Sales team in Ireland, on a mission to help Irish companies grow by getting the most out of Google's platforms.
He has worked with Google for the last four and a half years, before which he was Sales Director with The Sunday Business Post.

Cian studied German and English at Trinity College Dublin and enjoys running, rugby and reading, but not at the same time.

Jeanne Kelly
Partner: Technology, Data Protection, Privacy and Contracts, LK Shields

Jeanne has had a market-leading commercial and technology practice for 20 years. She has led data protection compliance programmes for some of Ireland’s leading corporates as well as for multinationals with Irish operations.

Jeanne and her team provide a practical, solution-driven approach to data protection issues, and she has been a thought leader on GDPR preparedness strategies for several years, including during the negotiation period of the Regulation.

Jeanne is a regular speaker at conferences in Ireland and abroad on GDPR, legal issues for start-up and scaling companies and data privacy generally. Previous speaking engagements include IBA, ABA, UCD, TCD and Law Society of Ireland (including teaching on its MOOC on Data Protection Law).

Silviu Preoteasa
Growth hacker | Serial entrepreneur

Bio: Silviu Preoteasa is a growth hacker and competitive intelligence expert in charge of marketing technology in Hostelworld. Until 2013, Silviu served as Online Business Manager for Dell and was responsible for revenue, margin and conversion optimization in EMEA.

Silviu is also the chairman of one of Entrepreneurs Anonymous, providing monthly networking events for budding entrepreneurs. He is organising the Travel Meets Big Data Hackathon + Conference; and is one of the founders of Event.Cards; a tool making business networking more effective. On top of that he is also a lead investor. He has founded and exited tech companies and can as an experienced entrepreneur and judge provide hands on feedback to all participants of SW Dublin!

Emmet Ryan
Journalist at The Sunday Business Post

Emmet Ryan is technology editor and beer columnist with the Sunday Business Post.

He edits Connected magazine, Ireland's leading technology publication, and can believe it's not butter.

Anne-Marie Farrell
Head of Behavioral Economics Research, Global SMB Marketing

nne-Marie is a behavioral researcher and data-driven marketer.

Anne-Marie leads Irrational Lab at Google. Irrational Lab is transforming Google’s product and marketing strategy by applying the principles of behavioral economics to combine the art and science of marketing. Anne-Marie works with marketers and product managers from teams across Google including SMB Marketing, Ads, Billing & Google[x].  
Anne-Marie previously led customer marketing for Google’s SMB global agency program. She joined the finance team in Google Dublin after starting her career as a management consultant in Accenture. A graduate of Electronic and Computer Engineer, Anne-Marie has seen irrational from code to copy.

Lesley Tully
Head of Design Thinking at Bank of Ireland

Lesley is Head of Design Thinking at Bank of Ireland; a role dedicated to helping define new market opportunities; build innovative solutions based on unmet user needs, emerging behaviours and digital technology; collaborate with startups and deliver the practice of Design Thinking through the organization. Over her 15-year career, Lesley has worked with a range of private and public sector clients and startups including Advanced Organisation, Armory Show, Coillte, Culture Ireland, DAHG, DJEI, Fund IT, Failte Ireland, KPMG, Health Founders, HSE, Startup Gathering, and Trinity College. As Project Director, Lesley designed and delivered the award-winning Dublin Contemporary 2011, VOLTA Show NY and VOLTA Basel. Lesley holds a bachelor’s degree in Design and a Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship from Trinity College Dublin and Goldsmiths, London. She is a board member of the National Gallery of Ireland.

Coaches and Mentors

David Scanlon
Venture Investment Lead @ NDRC

David is an experienced executive, with a career spanning software engineering, public sector trade development, and private sector business development - all built on a vocation as an evangelist for the Irish startup community.
As an NDRC Venture Investment Lead, David sources, engages, guides, and enables teams to transform the best ideas into globally scalable businesses.
David is a talented communicator and connector, with a unique understanding of the Irish and European startup ecosystems.

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.

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.

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.

Allen Thomas Varghese
Full Stack Developer

Full Stack Developer and Community Engagement Specialist with 8+ years of experience in web and mobile. Organiser of technology meetups and workshops in Data Science & programming. Mentor, Speaker and Ideas enthusiast.

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).

Børge Dvergsdal
Customer Relation Manager

Børge is the Customer Relation Manager at and he is a curious person that likes meeting interesting people. He has broad startup experience and network. He is also  running StartupGrind in Oslo. Before joining he was the founder of a technology startup based both in Norway and Silicon Valley.

He lives by the vision of “be inspired every day and every day inspire others” and has a goal of making a huge positive impact on this world. You might see him jogging early in the mornings (humming to the Rolling Stones) or finding him somewhere hiking in the mountains.

He has watched Star Wars too many times and believes the force is strong in this generation

Christopher Lössl
iOS developer

Is the the person to blame if the iOS version of isn't behaving. Before he became an iOS developer he tried his luck - among other things - as Linux developer and Network Administrator and is happy not to be paged anymore in the middle of the night.

In 2011 he planned to move abroad for half a year. Since then he desperately tries to figure out what went wrong. Secretly he thinks that moving abroad was one of the best decisions he made in his live so far.

In his spare time he can be found climbing in and around Oslo however if you try to find him during work hours your best bet would be the cookie jar.

Xavier Litt
CEO and Co-Founder at Skylads & Organizer at AdTech Meetup London

CEO and Co-Founder at Skylads: an industry leading provider of Artificial Intelligence solutions for Real-Time Bidding campaign management.  

Organizer at AdTech Meetup London:
A meetup aimed to build awesome relationships, discuss great ideas, educate the AdTech community and have fun while doing it.

Lover of Chess Boxing.

Stephanie Ruane

Stephanie Ruane is an international marketeer with extensive experience in brand management, events, advertising, sales and marketing.

She has spent the past four years working across Ireland, Scandinavia and USA for brands including Jameson Irish Whiskey and L’Oreal.

Antonia Caraveteanu
Senior Account Manager Google & Founder of

Antonia has been working in Digital Marketing for 5 years, consulting small, medium and large businesses in Germany, the UK and Romania on how to grow online.

She has recently founded ArtCraft, a social enterprise enabling homeless and disabled artists to sell their art online.

Richard Lakucs
Account Strategist at Google

Primary focused on Baltics region, Richard works with businesses of all sizes and shapes, helping them leverage digital solutions to expand their business.

He has participated in Adopt a Startup program as well as volunteered at previous Startup Weekends. He has been part of a startup as well as indie game development team before joining Google.

He frequently leads agency trainings about marketing solutions and how to achieve greater impact. In his spare time Richard is an avid mountaineer and catching up with e-sports.

Patricia O'Sullivan
Founder of AutoPixie

Patricia’s experience includes sales, marketing and project management in both indigenous Irish industry and multi-nationals.

In the early 1990s she founded, managed, raised venture capital and grew a successful technology company for which she was recognised “Business woman of the Year”. She has lectured extensively in Universities and on public and private MBA programmes.

She has played an instrumental role in the growth of over 120 high potential Irish startups through her unrelenting focus on customers. This focus has gained her both national and international acclaim.

A natural leader she inspires enthusiasm in others to stretch beyond their comfort zone to attain targets they never thought possible.

Mike Harlick
Frugal Innovation and Growth Hacking, Bank of Ireland

I love tech and innovation. Not happy unless I'm challenged, I like to be creative and I try not to plan to much.

Not always sure of where I'm heading but that's the nature of exploration.

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Dublin is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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