Dublin Interuniversity Startup Weekend

    Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017

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Dublin Interuniversity Startup Weekend

Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017

Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Google Ireland
Gordon House
Barrow Street
Dublin 4, Dublin D04 E5W5

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Bringing the top 30 students from each of Dublin's main three universities together for 54 hours of entrepreneurship and innovation!

Bringing the top 90 students from Dublin's top 3 universities together in Google for one weekend of entrepreneurship this November.

Dublin's inaugural Interuniversity Startup Weekend will bring the top 30 students from each of Dublin's three universities under one roof for 54 hours this November, where a new batch of student enterprises will be created.

50% non-technical business attendees, 30% technical students and 20% designers.

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Friday November 17th

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 18th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:45 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

1:00 pm

2:00 pm
Mentor Session
Mentors help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

5:30 pm
Pitch Workshop
Workshop by Catherine Moonan, Dragons' Den pitch coach and author of 'The Pitch Coach'

6:00 pm
Who's up for some lovely Indian food? :)

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 19th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

12:45 pm

1:00 pm

2:30 pm
Slides deadline
All work must be finished on presentation slides! Get ready for tech check at 3pm. All slides must be in 16:9 ratio and on Google Slides only!

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
Pizza pizza pizza

4:30 pm
Doors Open
Everyone up to the Foundry as we open the doors for 200 external guests to come in and watch the final pitches

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Location TBA


Catherine Moonan

Author of 'The Pitch Coach' - Pitch Coach, RTÉ's 'Dragons' Den'

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.

Etienne Garcia
Agency Account Manager at Google

Account Strategist @Google / Founder @Junior_ESCE & Food Hunter / Organizer @StartupWeekend & @StartupGrind. #startup #frenchtech and #entrepreneurship lover.

Event Judges

Rory Carty
Head of Youth Banking - Bank of Ireland

Gennadii Nissenbaum
Partner Manager - Startups@Google Ireland

Rafiq Maniar
Founder & CEO - Vipsy

Rafiq is the founder and CEO of Vipsy, an award-winning Irish startup that provides a marketing and app platform for the nightlife industry.

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.

Coaches and Mentors

Aamen Mostafa
Account Strategist MENA GMS - Google

Roisin Lyons
Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation - DCU

Ronan O'Neill
DigiGrow - Co-Founder

Eoin Kelly
Business Development Specialist - Microsoft

Alison Treacy
Programme Manager - LaunchBox

Akhil Voorakkara
Electronic Engineer - KL Tech

Victor Donet
Bbooster Ventures - Growth Hacker

Serena de Stacpoole
Marketing Executive - New Ireland Assurance

Previous Startup Weekend Dublin winner and obscenely competitive Scrabble champion, Serena works in the Financial Services by day.

By night 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.

All round startup supporter and champion make sure to chat to Serena on areas including marketing and of course scrabble strategies!

David Pollard
Innovation Pioneer @ Rehab Group

David is the Innovation Pioneer at @RehabGroup and is a current @IFTF Fellow with an MA Learning & Teaching. David is the founder of @LearningTechLab and CodED Club. Organiser of 3x @SWEDUdub@DigCitSummitIRL & @HackAccessDub.

Catherine Thomas
Co-Founder - Turas

HuiChi Man
Project Co-Ordinator for Opera Incubator (Festy)

HuiChi previous experience lies in managing her tech startup Reecescribe where it was accelerated through LEO Dublin City & Enterprise Ireland's New Frontiers programme. (The youngest person to be accepted on Enterprise Ireland's programme). 

She has pitched to numerous senior executives in national to international corporates from a young age. Her expertise are in project management, marketing and business development. She currently works for Opera Incubator that incubates non-ico startups in blockchain and cryptocurrency.

Dr Ruchi Palan
Co-Organiser - Creative Engagers Dublin

Ruchi has a PhD in social science and is an experienced researcher in diversity and inclusion. She has keen interest in developing inclusion strategies for business and social enterprises through innovation and technology. She is currently developing a mobile application for print-disabled learners. Her other projects include developing technology-based solutions to facilitate STEM access for disabled learners and using mixed method technologies for diversity awareness and inclusion. She was a mentor at Hack Access Dublin 2017 and is active in the Dublin meet-up space, with regular engagement in Tech For Good Dublin meet-up and as co-organiser of Creative Engagers Dublin meet-up.

Conor Brady
Head of Engineering - RecoHero

Conor is leading the engineering team at RecoHero building the next generation of e-commerce marketplaces and affiliate marketing systems. He overlooks the design and development process and has a keen interest in User Interface Design right through to designing the project infrastructure. He relishes working at a fast-paced startup and in his spare-time, enjoys learning about the latest innovation in artificial intelligence, cryptocurrencies and working on social entrepreneurship ventures.

John Christpoher
Founder - Wynk

Robert Harte
Founder - TOR

UX/UP Expert

Giulio Buciuni
Head of Entrepreneurship - Trinity College Dublin

Colin Keogh
Research Engineer - UCD (Also Forbes 30 Under 30!)

Colin is an award winning Engineer leading new research in the Energy, Environment, 3D Printing and Innovation fields at UCD. He is completing a PhD in engineering in UCD focusing on improving innovation methodologies using disruptive technologies.He co-founded a social enterprise in 2014, The Rapid Foundation, which aims to disperse 3d printing technology to 3rd world locations and conduct printing workshops with schools in the UK and Ireland. This work won the IMechE 2016 Fritz Schumacher award, making him one of Forbes 30 Under 30 for Europe, JCI’s Ten Outstanding Young People for 2017 and as a 2017 Nissan Generation Next Ambassador.

Marina Robina
UX/UI Designer - The Learning Rooms

Marina is a UX Designer at The Learning Rooms, working on multiple edtech
projects in Dublin with a focus on problem solving. She is very passionate about
design thinking methodologies and has an extensive background in urban
planning. In 2017 she co-founded Able Access social media platform that helps
graduates with disabilities find employment. Able Access also provides a
student-mentor support network and helps companies be more inclusive and
accessible for everyone.

Andrew McMillan
CTO - Hub Controls

Helen McAuliffe
Senior Development Adviser for HPSU - Enterprise Ireland

Kenza Gaizi
Shopping Trust and Safety Strategist - Google

Olga Padulosi
Marketing Manager - Lucey Fund

Olga Padulosi is a marketing manager of the Irish early-stage investment fund. She has been working with early stage startups helping them building their marketing strategy for past 2 years. Prior to that she was doing marketing in the biggest mobile development company in Russia, dealing with such companies as Foursquare, Twitter, MLOVE, BlaBlaCar, Spotify, HotelTonight, Soundcloud, Airbnb, Realm, Wunderlist, RunKeeper, Google, Facebook and many others. Olga managed an online school of Android developers together with Google that gathered 32k+ participants all over the world. Besides that, she organised offline schools of mobile developers, the biggest IT open air Geek Picnic (Russia, USA, Israel). 
She is passionate about new businesses and loves turning ideas into reality. 

Maximilian Thiel
Head of Customer Success - Travel Open Partnership

Nessan Harpur
General Manager (Europe) - IQI Balanced Intelligence

Sara Dennedy
Impact Associate - Social Entrepreneurs Ireland

Joe Cullinane
Founder, Strategic Artistry (Mentor @ Google's Silicon Valley Launchpad Accelerator)

Joe helps companies develop strategies and business models to connect with key customers and partners. He is an entrepreneur and executive with extensive global business experience in technology and software sales, business development, marketing, leadership, training and executive coaching.  He also is an Educator & Mentor in Residence at GSVlabs.   

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Dublin Interuniversity Startup Weekend 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

  • Nathan
  • Paul
  • Daniel
  • Etienne
  • Gennadii
  • Corentin
  • Arman


Vincenzo Notaristefano
Helping out Corporate and Startup to design the success path for innovation

In love with innovation;
Radicalist about the meaning of "startup"; I go crazy if someone understemates the importance of building a Startup Ecosystem around each Region and Country;
I love hanging around with anyone in front of a great dish and an amazing bottle of wines ;-) 
i can help with: 
- Customer Discovery 
- Build customer oriented MVP
- VPC, BMC, G2M strategy
... anything else (no tech) around startup journey 

Event Staff

Conor Greene
Marketing Consultant

Rebecca Droop

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