Startup Weekend Dublin June 2017

    Friday, June 16 - 18, 2017

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Dublin June 2017

Friday, June 16 - 18, 2017

Friday, June 16 - 18, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Google EMEA HQ
Gordon House
Barrow Street
Dublin, Dublin Dublin 2

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Get Ready for 54 Hours of Building Awesome Startups!

In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started.

The hardest part of starting up is starting out. At Startup Weekend, you'll be immersed in the ideal environment for startup magic to happen.

Surrounded by smart, passionate people and with the best tools and approaches at your disposal, you’ll take giant leaps toward creating a business, becoming a founder, and connecting with the right people and resources.


Friday June 16th

6:00 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

7:20 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

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:15 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
Venue closes

Saturday June 17th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Lean Canvas Workshop
Learn the lean canvas method to begin planning your startup.

1:00 pm
Nyom Nyoming!

1:30 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
More nyom nyoming!

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 June 18th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am

12:30 pm

1:00 pm
Test Pitch Time!
Its time for a pre pitch test with the coaches!

3:00 pm
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 and fireside chat
Hoot and holler for our final teams before a fireside chat while our judges judge!

7:30 pm
Judging, Awards & Wrap Up!

8:00 pm
Head Home aka go to our Wrap Party!


Dermot Casey
Investing in Digital Startups at NDRC

Dermot is a Venture Investment Leader at NDRC where he sources investment and mentors companies through to securing early customers and follow-on investment as they build ideas into globally scalable business.  Prior to NDRC, Dermot ran his own consultancy business working with Startups and SME’s.

Dermot was COO and CTO for Storyful where he grew it from two to 35 staff, build the core technology platform and operations and managed finances and investment. Storyful was sold to NewsCorp for $25 million in 2013.  Dermot spent over decade in GE working in Ireland & Europe on financial services products, strategy and technology.    

Dermot was an adjunct lecturer at the Smurfit Graduate Business School for 12 years.

Event Judges

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.

Jane Gilson
Director, Emerging Markets at Google

Jane Gilson is the Director of Large Customer Sales for the EMEA Emerging Markets region (Africa, Israel, Turkey, MENA and Russia) at Google. She is based in Google's EMEA HQ in Dublin, where she is responsible for all sales deployment and account management for the EMEA Emerging Markets Region; Customer Experience for EMEA LCS and the Chapter Chair for women@ for the Dublin Hub.
Being an English Literature major, Jane has has made an effort to educate women that even non-engineers can be successful in tech. Previous to Google, Jane spent over a decade at Microsoft and was heavily involved in the Seattle start-up scene, including founding her own online education company. Jane, who is originally from the US, has spent the past several years working in Europe, having been based in Prague, Munich and Paris before moving to Dublin last year to work for Google.

Sean L'Estrange
Head of Bank of Ireland - Dublin City

Experienced Financial Services professional with a demonstrated history of working in the banking industry.

Skilled in Retail Banking ,Operations Management, Consumer & mortgage Lending, Banking, Credit Analysis, and People leadership. Strong professional background with a Master's in Business Administration, Certified Bank Director and Strategic Management from London Business School. Director and Executive council member of the Institute of Banking in Ireland The Institute of Banking - UCD . Previous Chair of the Irish Mortgage Council , Irish Banking Federation.

Tom Early
Start Department Manager, Enterprise Ireland

Working within Enterprise Irelands High Potential Start-up (HPSU) Division, Tom leads the Start team which is responsible for ensuring that the next generation of HPSU companies are identified, funded and supported to achieve their international growth.

The team work closely with Start-ups to help refine their proposition and prepare them for external investment.

Prior to working in HPSU, Tom worked as a strategic and financial adviser within the Growth Capital and Banking relationships team. He has a strong track record in assisting clients from a wide variety of sectors at various stages in their lifecycle, in the development and implementation of their growth strategy, helping them to identify and secure the most appropriate form of finance necessary to achieve scale.

Prior to joining Enterprise Ireland, Tom worked for over 9 years across multiple industries including telecoms, banking and consulting.

Tom is a qualified CIMA Accountant, holds Masters of Business from the IMI and a degree in Business Studies (specialising in Economics & Finance) from Waterford Institute of Technology. In addition Tom has completed executive training courses in IMD (Switzerland) and EVCA.

Coaches and Mentors

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.

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

Mentor - Startup Bootcamp Ireland
Founder -
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.

Paddy Monaghan
Phorest, Product Director

Recovering Software Engineer, full time Product Director. 

Paddy was part of technology teams which lead to some of Ireland's most successful acquisitions with Cape Technologies (Acquired by WeDo Technologies), The Now Factory (Acquired by IBM), Mobile Travel Technologies (MTT, Acquired by TravelPort). 

Now Product Director for one of Ireland's fastest growing companies, Phorest Salon Software, building a long term company and global leader in appointment, booking and marketing technologies for salons and spas around the world.

Paddy also advises early stage companies on modern product development and strategy techniques to grow their business.

Anne Sexton
Director of Business Development @ The Business Consulting Group

Anne has over 20 years senior management expertise working with and mentoring start-ups and high growth multinationals in both public and private sector organisations locally and globally.

Sean Mullaney
Senior Engineering Manager, Sales Tools & Business Intelligence @ Google

Sean has ~20 years experience as an entrepreneur, engineer and business executive who has founded, financed and run several start-ups in the technology, mobile and venture capital sectors as well as holding senior leadership roles in Google’s advertising business and the Google X research lab. 
He has spent the last 3 years working at Google [x], leading Business, Product & Partnership Strategy for Project Wing. As Head of Business Strategy, Sean helped grow the team from a small research idea into a substantial organisation focused on launching a breakthrough consumer product. Prior to joining Google, Sean was a co-founder of Masabi (2001-05), a leader in mobile train ticketing which has raised $20m in VC financing and a Founding Partner in Inventive Capital (2006-11) a Venture Capital boutique, which partnered with leading institutions such as Max Planck Institute.

Angela Duffy
Venture Investment Leader - NDRC

Angela is a venture investment lead at NDRC, Ireland’s No. 1 accelerator, where she acts as an investor, strategic adviser and business mentor to new ventures.

Angela started her own market research consultancy after gaining years of experience in the corporate world. In the US she worked as a global marketing manager for Medtronic, and in Ireland lead innovation activities for the company. She held academic positions in both the National University of Ireland and the Royal College of Surgeons. She has PhD in clinical pharmacology, an MBA and diploma in digital marketing. She is a business opportunity specialist, an expert in identification of customer needs and insights, innovation practices and new technology project management.

Angela loves to travel, doesn’t drink black tea, and chills out by life drawing.

Neal O'Gorman

Since 2000, Neal has co-founded three startups, Tsunami Photonics, OteetO and Artomatix.

These businesses ranged from building instruments that tested datacom lasers, to a social games company and most recently the application of artificial intelligence for the creation of art for movies and video games. Which as a result, Neal's got excellent B2B and B2C experience. 

In 2017, Neal brought the world's premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program to Ireland.
A startup enthusiast he also runs I-CUBED, which is DIT Hothouse's student summer entrepreneur program.

Gianfranco Palumbo
Support Engineer at MongoDB

Mobile App Developer at and Full Stack Developer at Irish Distillers
Gianfranco enjoys developing websites at Irish Distillers and working on side projects.

Gianfranco has organised Startup Weekends in Dublin previously.

At the moment is - Give and take old things away locally. It's an Android and iOS mobile app developed re-using Web Technologies skills.

Keith Farrell
Creative Director at Clio Creative

Keith has over 13 years experience in the graphic design industry, specialising in branding and identity design for companies, organisations and associations in industries such as aviation, hospitality, medical devices, conferences and transport.

He is a firm believer that consistency of communication is crucial to the success and effectiveness of any brand, regardless of whether it’s implemented in print, online or anywhere else!

Keith has also co-organised a Startup Weekend in Galway focused on FoodTech.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Dublin June 2017 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 Dublin is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Alison
  • Gene
  • Nubi
  • Paddy
  • Gennadii
  • Serena
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  • Etienne
  • Giuseppe
  • Pankhi
  • Caio
  • Rick
  • Daniel


Zoheb Iqbal

Working with startups around the world, London-based Zoheb helps to accelerate and strengthen the growth of a world wide network of entrepreneurs. From early stages of the entrepreneurial journey to innovation within industry with companies such as Aviva, Lloyds banking group,  IBM, Google and EDF as well as governmental institutes, Zoheb works to facilitate, mentor and coordinate the experience of entrepreneurs everywhere. Challenging entrepreneurs to build in intensive programs centered on action, innovation and education. Zoheb is also an architect and co-founder of several startups.

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