Startup Weekend EDU Dublin

    Friday, September 22 - 24, 2017

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend EDU Dublin

Friday, September 22 - 24, 2017

Friday, September 22 - 24, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

3rd Floor, One Building,
Grand Canal Street Lower
Dublin, Dublin

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Design the Future of Education

What you get with your ticket:
  • Access to the full weekend-long event
  • Opportunity to pitch your idea on Friday night @ Udemy 
  • Access to specialist speakers
  • Mentoring by all-stars from the education and startup communities (check them out below)
  • Tasty meals all weekend
  • Collaboration with awesome innovation professionals from throughout Ireland
  • All-star judge's panel led by startup and innovation leaders
  • Membership in the Startup Weekend Community (>200K alumni)
  • A process for taking any idea from concept to creation in a matter of days
  • 6 months premium account (worth €60+)
  • Free .co domain (worth €30+)
  • Free trial of Google Cloud Platform 
  • Startup Weekend EDU and Udemy t-shirts
  • Each team gets Creative Tim's Get Shit Done Pro Kit (worth €39 each)
1st Place: 
  • 6 months co-working space in Versari Partners, Dublin (worth €10,000+)
  • Access to all Creative Tim premium products (worth €2000)
2nd Place:
  • BBC Microbit Go Bundles (worth €20 each)
  • Access to all Creative Tim premium products (worth €2000)
3rd Place: 
  • Access to all Creative Tim premium products (worth €2000)
What is Startup Weekend Education?

Have you ever seen a new product, app, or business and thought to yourself, "that was my idea a few years ago"? If you have, that means you did not have a process for taking that idea from concept to creation.

Startup Weekend is your chance to learn how to put your idea into action within a matter of days! Whether you are looking to...
  • get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship
  • learn the process of going from concept to creation
  • meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in Dublin, Ireland
  • join or build an all-star team
  • make meaningful connections and become part of a global community
  • learn and practice new skills to take back to your job or beef up your resume
To get a feel for the event, check out Startup Weekend Education

Who is Startup Weekend Education For?

It doesn't matter what you do or where you come from, Startup Weekend Education is designed as an inclusive event and program that brings all sorts of people together including...
  • aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs
  • developers and other tech-related professionals
  • designers of all types
  • non-technical talent (i.e. business, sales, finance, legal, etc.)
  • students from universities and even high schools
  • professionals looking to switch careers or build new skills
  • and passionate visionaries
  • lifelong learners and educators
What's the twist?

A Techstars and Google for Entrepreneurs event! Educators, entrepreneurs, developers and designers come together to tackle challenges in education and learning. Only one weekend to create a product to solve problems for schools and colleges, students and parents, and all of us, lifelong learners. The winner may just have a real shot at getting education-focused company off of the ground, so come join us! Startup Weekend Education edition means you will be focusing on solving problems and creating opportunities for civic engagement, equal opportunity, and access to education - but you are not limited to these topics. Whether you have an idea to improve your local community or global ones, the ultimate objective of this event is to empower you - in the words of Mahatma Gandhi - to be the change you wish to see in the world!

Do I need to come with an idea?

If you have an idea for a startup, then great!  We hope you pitch for the weekend.  If you don't have an idea, that's quite alright!  Come and spend the weekend, listen to the ideas being pitched, and see if something piques your interest!  The weekend is all about learning about the startup ideation process and learning from each other.  If you have more questions, check out the Startup Weekend First Timers FAQ!

Join us for a very special weekend! 

Questions? Press inquiries?  Please email us at


Friday September 22nd

6:30 pm
Arrive at Udemy and get checked in!

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Have dinner with your new friends, share ideas & practice your pitches!

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Take a look at the agenda for the weekend! Get to know our speakers, coaches, & community leaders!

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally (kind of) line up to give your pitch!

8:30 pm
Optionally (kind of) line up to give your pitch! Attendees vote for the top pitches... *drumroll*

8:50 pm
Form Teams

9:15 pm
Begin Work
The hard work begins! Start to finalise teams & take note of everyone's skills. Be honest, & direct about what resources & skills you need this weekend. Stay & work as late as Udemy allow! ;)

Saturday September 23rd

9:00 am
Turn up & enjoy a simple breakfast & coffee to kickstart your day!

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed will set up their workspace for the weekend! This is where the magic happens!

12:00 pm
Take a break, you'll need it! ;)

1:00 pm
Check-in, status reports, & call for support with your mentors and facilitator! Make use of them!

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Get one-on-one with your coaches! They are here for you!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
Second check-in, status reports, call for support!

10:00 pm
Day 2: You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday September 24th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee!

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

12:00 pm
Let's be honest, you'll grab something on the run!

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS!

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
Guess what?? PIZZA!

5:00 pm
Final Presentations
This is where the past 2 days have been leading! Share your startup with a panel of experts and the public.

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards
Our judges will select the winning team based on their business model and customer validation!

8:30 pm
Share those business cards - if you have any left!!

9:00 pm
Go Home...or not!
You did it! Congratulations!! See you at the after party!


Claire Hough
SVP of Engineering @ Udemy

Claire leads all of Udemy’s engineering functions for the company’s geographically distributed team. She was named one of the San Francisco Business Times' Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business 2016. Prior to joining Udemy, she held senior executive positions at Citrus Lane, NexTag, Napster, and Netscape. 

Alan Costello
Venture Investment Leader @ NDRC

Alan supports early stage, high growth tech business to preseed and seed investment. Alan is an active member of the Inst. of Directors, IMI, MBA Association, British Irish Chamber, and is interested in strategy, innovation (+Open), strategic business development, marketing strategy and leadership development. 

Event Judges

Gene Murphy
Entrepreneur in Residence @ Bank of Ireland

Gene loves Startups! He organises DublinBeta startup showcase, the startup meetup Drinkabout Dublin, Startup Weekend Dublin and previously the pre-accelerator Startup Next. Previously also a cofounder @startupireland & currently E.I.R. at Bank Of Ireland. His passion is working with tech startup entrepreneurs.

David Scanlon
Venture Investment Lead @ NDRC

David educates, inspires, and connects the Dublin ecosystem with Startup Grind. As an NDRC Venture Investment Lead, David sources, engages, guides and enables teams to transform the best ideas into globally scalable businesses. David is an experienced executive, with a career spanning software engineering, and public and private sector trade development.

Martyn Farrows
Head of Digital Strategy @ CJ Fallons

Martyn is an experienced professional with over 25 years of international success in EdTech industry, learning technologies, education and public policy development. His background and track record are in strategy, start-ups, research, innovation, fund-raising, management and business development. 

Sarita Johnston
Female Entrepreneurship Manager @ Enterprise Ireland

Sarita manages Enterprise Ireland’s key initiatives to support Female Entrepreneurs. These initiatives are part of a drive to boost the number of innovative, export-oriented businesses being set up and led by female entrepreneurs. Sarita has worked for Enterprise Ireland, most recently as Senior Development Advisor with the High Potential Start up Team. 

Liz McCarthy
Strategic Projects @ Dogpatch Labs

Liz manages partnerships at Dogpatch Labs, Ireland's leading co-working space for tech startups. Corporate and Innovation partners include Google for Entrepreneurs, Ulster Bank and ESB and also partners with 50+ organisations that are shaping the growth of the tech and startup ecosystem in Ireland.

Coaches and Mentors

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.

Olivia Lavelle
CEO @ LingoHost

Education Psychologist, with expertise in parenting and language learning and one of the organisers of Start Up Galway; Olivia is also CEO of LingoHost; a start up company that specialises in language learning through positive connections with like minded people. 

Dr. Ioana Ghergulescu
Head of Research and Adaptive Learning @ Adaptemy

She has over 10 years of research experience with various research groups and companies from Ireland, UK and Romania, being highly experienced in innovative learning and teaching pedagogies, adaptive learning and technology enhanced learning. She holds a PhD in Computer Science, Technology Enhanced Learning.

Nakul Wali
Software Developer @ Syncreon

Currently working with Syncreon on Progress/OPenEdge 4GL for Datawarehouse. Previously worked as Software Research Engineer in PAS (Programmable & Autonomous Systems), a specialist research group at a centre of excellence for ICT research & innovation in TSSG-WIT. 

Emer Thornby
Computing Support Tutor @ National College of Ireland

Emer is passionate about usability, whether it's functional or UI testing, creating re-usable code or a website, or documenting work so you're not left in the dark when you're done. Emer has experience as both an educator and a developer. 

Jennifer Kelly
STEM Educator

16 years experience working in disadvantaged environment including Maths week organiser, Maker Faire participant who holds a PhD in music analysis with conducting and performing experience. Most recently, postgraduate course in 21st Century Learning in TCD.

Daniel Loftus
Founder and CEO @ UrbanFox

Daniel is an experienced founder having founded 3 startups, exiting successfully from one and currently working on his third UrbanFox, an artificial intelligence technology for retail marketing. He has a background in software development and data science.  

Tom Pollock
Commercial Development Manager @ Learnovate

Tom has overall responsibility for managing the Learnovate Centre’s Commercialisation and Business Development activities. Tom's is responsible for ensuring the continuance and growth of industry research and innovation collaboration, industry funding and commercialisation activities.

Owen White
Director @ Learnovate

Owen has over 20 years of experience in the fields of technology and innovation in general and EdTech in particular. Owen's expertise and passions fall into three areas: (i) education & learning, (ii) technology & digital product development, and (iii) innovation & business development. 

Fiona McAndrew
User Experience Designer @ Learnovate Centre

Former NCAD lecturer, Fiona aims to solve problems through considered design and conversations. Fiona has consulted on a broad range of areas from User Interface (UI) Design to running and facilitating usability testing sessions, including an e-learning software suite.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend EDU Dublin 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

  • David
  • Katalina
  • Allen
    Thomas Varghese
  • Rachel
  • Karla
  • Galina
  • HuíChí


Roger Osorio
Entrepreneurship Program Leader @ IBM

Entrepreneurship program leader at IBM by day, math coach by night, and Startup Weekend global facilitator by weekend.  I deliver a powerful cocktail made up of education, psychology, neuroscience, leadership, and entrepreneurship.  I facilitate events to maximize the experience and learning for all participants.

Event Staff

Yvonne Jacob
Employee Success & Office Coordinator @ Udemy

Now Operations and HR, Udemy provided Yvonne with the opportunity to learn and develop skills in these areas. "My biggest joy in work is to be available to help my team and support them in the workplace. Seeing Udemy grow globally and the powerful and meaningful impact that we have on our customers is a truly rewarding experience."

Angelia Yingge Xu
Co-founder @ Creative Engagers Dublin

Angelia is a recent Masters graduate from TCD and is the co-founder of Creativity Engagers Dublin. She has worked with ThinkVisual, where she was responsible for digital graphic harvesting. In addition, Angelia has worked in Beijing as a Project Manager with Visual Thinking Centre, where she was responsible for design thinking training and live graphic recording. 

Claire Faithorn
Co-founder @ Creative Engagers Dublin

Claire Faithorn, co-founder of Creative Engagers Dublin, is a facilitator, coach and artist. She works with Suas Educational Development to run The Ideas Collective - a programme that helps people bring their ideas for social and environmental change to life. Claire is interested in the areas of Creativity, Business, Technology, and Youth and Community work, and creating stronger links between these sectors.

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