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
Pitch Coach for Start-ups and Executives - Communication Matters

- Author of ‘The Pitch Coach’, published by Liberties Press in January 2016.
- Pitch Coach on RTÉ’s ‘Dragons’ Den’ for eight seasons to date - successfully coaching over
500 contestants and helping them to secure over €5 million investment.
- Freelance broadcaster and journalist, with a Masters in Journalism from Dublin City
University, contributing to the Irish Independent, Sunday Independent, Irish Daily Mail, Irish
Examiner, Newstalk, Today FM, Kildare FM, LMFM, Dublin City FM, BBC Radio Humberside
and RTE’s political and business series ‘Prime Time’.
- Pitch Coach for many of Ireland’s established start-up and accelerator programmes –
Enterprise Ireland’s SPRINT Programme, New Frontiers Athlone and Castlebar, NDRC Dublin,
Portershed Galway, BOI Accelerator Cork and BOI StartLab Galway, HackAccessDublin and
StartupWeekendDublin 2017.
- Pitch Coach for the European Innovation Academy in Nice and Turin 2016 and The Business
Hive, Grimsby, UK in 2013, 2014 and 2017.

Gene Murphy
Co-Founder Startup Boost Pre-Accelerator

Gene loves Startups! He is the Co-Founder Startup Boost a global pre-accelerator program for pre seed startups, Co-Organiser Startup Week Dublin and works with startup communities, city's and VC funds to increase opportunities for entrepreneurs.   He has also organised, helped or facilitated over 20 Startup Weekends! Previously he was a Co-Founder of Startup Ireland and Entrepreneur In Residence at Bank Of Ireland.

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 of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at DCU

Dr. Roisin Lyons is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Dublin City University. She delivers modules related to innovation and business start-up in both DCU, Dublin and in a sister programme in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and has won teaching awards for both posts. Her research focuses on the development of entrepreneurial tendencies in individuals and teams. She directs and publishes the national GUESSS report on student entrepreneurship biannually. Keenly interested in social entrepreneurship and sustainability, Roisin works in an advisory role for the Enactus global social entrepreneurship programme, the School Enterprise Challenge and the national CSR forum. She also judges for the Young Scientist competition annually. 

Ronan O'Neill
DigiGrow - Co-Founder

Eoin Kelly
Business Development Specialist - Microsoft

Alison Treacy
Programme Manager - LaunchBox

Akhil Voorakkara
Electronic Engineer - KL Tech

Akhil is an Electronic & Computer Engineering student who has been working with startups for several years. He was the youngest founder at the inaugural Dublin Tech Summit, Led a team that represented Ireland at SpaceX, and among other things has been teaching coding for over 5 years. His passion for Electronics & Entrepreneurship has also seen him succeed in a number of hackathons, work to create amazing devices for companies in all manner of fields, and more. More recently, Akhil has been using his technical knowhow and business experience to work with others to get their ideas off the ground through mentoring and judging events such as Startup Weekends/hackathon.

Victor Donet
Bbooster Ventures - Growth Hacker

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.

David Pollard
Lecturer at Trinity College Dublin

David is the co-founder of Sapien Innovation, an innovation consultancy, and TeamOSV, a NFP with over 3,000-volunteers working on over 40 COVID-19 related projects including an Open Source Ventilator project. The work in these areas has appeared on Forbes, Fortune and New York Times. He lecturers at Trinity College Dublin in Innovation, Creativity and DesignThinking. He also lectures at the National College of Ireland in Technology Enhanced Learning.  He has a role as the Innovation Manager at the Rehab Group, one of Ireland's largest NFP with over 16,000 people with disabilites.  David is a global faciliator with Techstars and is the co-organiser of Startup Week Dublin and over 15 Startup Weekends. 

Catherine Thomas
Co-Founder - Turas

HuiChi Man
International Expansion Co-Ordinator

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
Mechanical Engineer, Designer & Innovator (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 a fashion startup TryTheTrend that does shopping for men. Previously, a marketing manager of an early-stage investment fund, she has been working with early-stage startups helping them building their marketing and sales strategy. Prior to that she was doing marketing in the biggest mobile development company in Russia, dealing with such companies as Google, Foursquare, Twitter, BlaBlaCar, Spotify, HotelTonight, Soundcloud, Airbnb, Realm, Wunderlist, RunKeeper, 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 the biggest IT open air Geek Picnic (Russia, USA, Israel), increasing the number of attendees from 500 to 7k. 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.
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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
CEO + Marketing, Communication and Partnership strategy development

I am an entrepreneur and consultant in love with innovation and since my mantra is "Give First", I used to organize startup events all around Southern Italy since 2010.
My main focuses right now are: 
- Micro and Small Agrofood industries process innovation
- Corporate innovation programs
- Startup Mentoring
I love hanging around with anyone in front of a great food and an amazing bottle of wines ;-)
I can help teams with:
- Customer Discovery  
- Customer Jobs 
- Build customer oriented MVP
- VPC, BMC, G2M strategy
... anything else (no tech) around startup journey
Today after 8 years i can say that I have tried my best to spread out the "startup" vision in Italy, but together a few other crazy people I failed, since right now Italy "startup" is equal to "company" and we have a huge investment gap compared to Europe.

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