Techstars Startup Weekend Dublin Fintech Edition

    Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Dublin Fintech Edition

Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017

Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

startlab Dublin
Bank of Ireland, 88 Camden Street Lower
Dublin, Ireland Dublin 2

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Join Ireland's First Startup Weekend Dublin Fintech Edition!

Come join us and build your idea into a unicorn FinTech startup!
It's finally happened! Ireland's first ever  Startup Weekend Fintech edition hits Dublin this November 10th with an awesome lineup of coaches, judges, sponsors and speakers at the brand new startlab powered by Bank of Ireland incubator on Camden Street Dublin.

This edition is all about Fintech and open to everyone! If you want to learn more about Fintech, pitch an idea, join a team to learn new skills or have zero background in Fintech but want to experience this exciting tech segment then get your ticket now!

As Fintech changes the landscape of banking and financial services get on board today and sign up for Startup Weekend Dublin Fintech Edition to learn all about this area and experience first hand building an idea in this fast moving area while learning from top mentors, speakers and organisations involved in this space.

We will have limited numbers of tickets so please don't miss out, book today!

How does Startup Weekend work:

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

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Friday November 10th

6:30 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

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

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

10:00 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

Saturday November 11th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 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 12th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


David Tighe
Head of Enterprise and Innovation, Bank of Ireland

Dave has spent 18 years in Retail Banking in Ireland after graduating from Trinity College. David also holds an MBA from Manchester Business School. 

He has extensive experience across digital banking, the payments industry and innovation in financial products. He has been responsible for Credit Card, Deposits and Current Account product strategies and has delivered multiple new retail products to the Irish market.

His recent role in Bank of Ireland looks at long term planning, consumer behaviour changes, market planning and incubation and the integration of fintech and innovative start-ups. He is responsible for Bank of Ireland workbench and Startlab initiatives which incubate and support the vibrant tech ecosystem across Ireland. He is also responsible for the Bank of Ireland Enterprise programme supporting business and community growth in Ireland through National Enterprise Towns and Awards and the digital platform

Event Judges

John Kennedy
Editor at Silicon Republic

Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

He joined Silicon Republic in 2002 to become the fulcrum of the company’s news service He was recipient of the Irish Internet Association’s NetVisionary Technology Journalist Award 2005 and has been awarded ‘Best Technology Site’ at the Irish Web Awards seven times. In 2011 he received the David Manley Award commending him for his dedication to covering entrepreneurs.

His interests include all things technological, music, movies, reading, history, gaming and losing the occasional game of poker.

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).

Niall O'Callaghan
Commercial Director, New Ireland Assurance

Niall O'Callaghan, Commercial Director, New Ireland Assurance. Prior to joining New Ireland Niall was a Partner with Mercer and held a number of senior roles including Consumer Leader UK & Ireland, DC Leader Ireland and Employee Health & Benefits leader.

Niall is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and previously held a number of positions in the IAPF. As Commercial Director, Niall will drive the development, promotion and retention of the New Ireland’s Life, Investment and Pensions propositions.

Niall is passionate about helping people take control of their financial well-being and using technology to support this.

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.

Michael O'Dea
Development Advisor High Potential Start-Up Division (HPSU), Enterprise Ireland

Michael is a Development Advisor with the High Potential Start-Up Division (HPSU) at Enterprise Ireland, working with a portfolio of early stage technology companies with a particular focus on information and communication technology.

Michael is responsible for supporting and advising Irish enterprises, helping them to secure the necessary seed capital and other support structures to build and scale capital-efficient businesses in global markets.

Gennadii Nissenbaum
Partner Manager - Startups@Google Ireland

Coaches and Mentors

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.

Rick Nassar

Blockchain & IoT Startups Analyst, Crypto enthusiast, Social Entrepreneur, Startup Weekend Facilitator and a writer at Irish Tech News and Crypto Coin News. 

"One of the Top 50 Tech Movers & Shakers in Ireland" By Business & Finance Magazine 

The foundation of a good Startup begins with an awesome Team. Rick has been part of the Startup Weekend as both a participant and mentor and now as a facilitator.

He's also a PhD candidate at UCD focusing on utilizing Blockchain for decentralised & shared economies.

Jerry O'Sullivan
Digital and Innovation Program Manager, Ryanair

Jerry is a serial intraprenuer who has successfully run numerous internal hackathon events in different companies and industries that have resulted in a numerous high value strategic projects being delivered.

Jerry’s journey in innovation started at a startup weekend in 2013 when a young beardless Gene Murphy introduced him to the concept, since then he has been hooked and is a huge supporter of the format to  give people the opportunity to work on a project that they believe will make a difference.

Commercially, Customer and delivery focused Jerry will help you find your MVP or even your ETP if you ask him nicely to validate your idea quickly and learn from real customers.

Alan Costello
Venture Investment Leader at NDRC

Alan is a Venture Investment Leader with NDRC where he sources and supports early stage tech startups. He has spent ten years developing early stage startups - strategy towards growth and the investment needed to support that growth. 

He is also a founder of the M1PaymentsCorridor creating a major payments cluster in Ireland.

Carolyn Quinlan
Innovation Team at Bank of Ireland

Innovation at @BankofIreland and City Co-Director at Startup Boost Dublin pre accelerator. previously @Techstars & @WebSummit.

Claire Heaslip
Risk and Compliance Head at Plynk - The Money Messenger App

I am a skilled and experienced banking and finance professional with over 15 years’ experience working in tech, corporate banking, philanthropy and the arts in Ireland and the UK. I also founded my own business, Grace & Aibell. You can read more about my entrepreneurial leap in the Irish Independent interview below.

While working at CitiBank I began my accountancy exams and will complete my Association of Chartered Certified Accounts (ACCA) training in 2018.

I thrive in a start-up culture and have a strong entrepreneurial mind-set. I am a member of the Association of Compliance Officers of Ireland, my role in Plynk allows me to focus on building a robust compliance process that will support the business as we scale and move into new territories.

Donal Kerr

Cross-functional legal, policy and business expert with years of experience researching, developing and leading global policies, enforcement practices and processes, and trust and safety initiatives (advertising risk and abuse prevention, detection and enforcement, user safety, Privacy, IP and brand protection, and legally sensitive issues) .

Qualified lawyer, adept at providing strategic and regulatory counsel and issues management on a cross-company level. Very experienced at working with global teams to develop well-researched, data-driven policy decisions that balance advertiser, user, partner, product, and brand considerations across the world. Experience managing and developing support and investigations teams, internal tools and global enforcement programs.

Strong analytical skills, business acumen and technical knowledge.

Sean Murphy
CEO and co-founder at Nudge Financial

Sean is the CEO of Nudge Financial, a company that is using Open Banking to increase
transparency in the financial sector and improve the future of lending.

Serena De Stacpoole
Innovation Consultant - Sylon Solutions

Serena is an innovation and marketing consultant who has a wide range of experience in large corporate and start-up companies. She was previously the Innovation Lead in Aviva Ireland and has held marketing and communication roles in New Ireland (Bank of Ireland Group) and Pioneer Investments. She specialises in helping corporates and SME's bridge gaps in their customer experience through advising on startup partnerships and appropriate design thinking and lean start-up tools and techniques. She has been an organiser and mentor for SWDub for 5 years - having won a few weekends before becoming an organiser. She founded the Order of Malta Knight Run in 2014 which is a weekly soup kitchen for the homeless community in Dublin – in partnership with Dublin Simon Community. She is passionate about Social Entrepreneurship and building long term partnerships.

Cormac Chisholm
Creative Director at Mastered

Cormac is the Creative Director of Mastered Creative, a digital agency that helps startups build powerful digital products.

Cormac has helped design and develop web products used in over 85 countries, working with both early-stage startups and large multinationals.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Dublin Fintech Edition 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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Organizing Team

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

  • Nubi
  • Serena
    De Stacpoole
  • Gene
  • Carolyn
  • Raisa


Mack Kolarich
Cofounder, Startup Angels

Mack is the Cofounder and VP of Product at Startup Angels. Their core product is an online marketplace where people can find and invest in venture capital funds. They also produce a variety of investor educational content and produce angel workshops in cities around the world. Mack is also a cofounder of SceneSquid, a SaaS marketing tool for the events industry.

Previously, he was a partner at Startup Jackpot, an active organizer of Startup Weekends out of Washington, DC, and a corporate innovation consultant.

Event Staff

Raisa Pokrovskaya

Enthusiastic University College Dublin (UCD) post-graduate student is seeking employment opportunity in the Digital Technologies Industry where prior Social Psychology experience/skill sets will be utilised to their full potential.

Andy Cashman Macken
Business Analyst with Banking Made Easy, part of Bank of Ireland’s Digital Transformation Project

Huge fan of all things in the tech and innovation space and very excited about the future of FinTech.

Love getting out and about in the Dublin Tech Scene and I’ll show up anywhere they’re talking tech and handing out freebies. Spend my 9 to 5 designing lean processes for financial digital solutions – I love problem solving.

I pitched the winning idea for #SWDub 2016 – I’ve been where you are, I’ve done what you’re doing and I’ve got the t-shirt!

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