Startup Weekend FashTech

    Friday, March 23 - 25, 2018

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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend FashTech

Friday, March 23 - 25, 2018

Friday, March 23 - 25, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Iveagh Court
Dublin, Ireland

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Build a startup in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? 

Are you passionate about innovation? Technology? Fashion? Retail? This weekend is for you! Whether or not you work within these industries, your experience, passion and perspective can lend towards the development of a successful idea. Anyone can help disrupt an industry regardless of what their skill set is. Programmers, Marketers, Strategists, Creative Professionals, Inventive Students and all around driven people will come together in this weekend of collaboration and innovation.

Startup Weekend Fashtech is the perfect opportunity to pitch your idea, gather a team and see if you can turn your idea into a startup. We’ll give you the tools to get your idea produced in an incredibly short amount of time, test it with your would-be consumers and pitch your startup to a panel of judges.

“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, co.founders and sponsors who are ready to help you get started”. So whoever you may be and whatever dreams and aspirations you may have, come and take part in a weekend that could change your life! And even if it doesn't, you can be sure that you will come away from the event with an extremely awesome and memorable experience! So come and be part of a weekend of merging creative vision, technology and innovation in a collaborative environment, redefining the fashion landscape for the 21st century.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve should explore the fashion industry through the lens of technology. Over the course of the weekend, you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

TechStars Startup Weekend is a full weekend-long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

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Friday March 23rd

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 March 24th

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 March 25th

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!


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.

Clodagh Connell

Founder of HelloBezlo and Winner of Startup Weekend Education

Event Judges

Fergus O' Dea
Venture Investment Leader at NDRC

Fergus O’Dea is Venture Investment Leader at NDRC, where he is responsible for finding the best early stage tech companies in which to invest, and mentoring those companies on NDRC’s accelerator programmes. Prior to NDRC Fergus was commercial manager at ResMed, a global medical device company where his role included product management and corporate strategy.  Fergus has also held technical and operations roles the Biotech industry, and has a Masters in Biopharmaceutical Engineering from UCD and an MBA from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business.

Lesley Tully
Head of Design Thinking at Bank of Ireland

Lesley is Head of Design Thinking at Bank of Ireland; a role dedicated to helping define new market opportunities; build innovative solutions based on unmet user needs, emerging behaviours and digital technology; collaborate with startups and deliver the practice of Design Thinking through the organization. Over her 15-year career, Lesley has worked with a range of private and public sector clients and startups including Advanced Organisation, Armory Show, Coillte, Culture Ireland, DAHG, DJEI, Fund IT, Failte Ireland, KPMG, Health Founders, HSE, Startup Gathering, and Trinity College. As Project Director, Lesley designed and delivered the award-winning Dublin Contemporary 2011, VOLTA Show NY and VOLTA Basel. Lesley holds a bachelor’s degree in Design and a Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship from Trinity College Dublin and Goldsmiths, London. She is a board member of the National Gallery of Ireland.

Clodagh Connell

Founder of HelloBezlo and Winner of Startup Weekend Education

Derek McGarry
Head of Innovation and Engagement at National College of Art and Design

Derek McGarry currently has a dual role as Head of Design Innovation and Commercialisation and Head of the Ceramics, Glass, Jewellery and Metals Department at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. He is the Project Manager at Origin8 which is the new technology transfer office at the NCAD.Derek is a Past President of the Institute of Designers in Ireland (2010-11).  He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Crafts Council of Ireland in 2011.  He is also on the Board of Directors at the Rediscovery Centre, Dublin.  In 2004, he was appointed to the General Panel of Experts - Higher Education and Training Awards Council, Ireland.Derek is a practicing designer and design researcher.  He is a member of the NCAD Research Institute.  Earlier this year his new technology design work was exhibited at the international Inhorgentia jewellery exhibition in Germany.

Rosarie O' Regan
Senior Product Designer at Zalando Ireland

Rosarie is Senior Product Designer at Zalando Ireland. She works at the intersection of user experience and machine learning to help build meaningful products for Zalando customers.

Rosarie has over 10 years experience working in the area of UX and previously worked as a UX Designer in Dropbox, Travelport Digital and IQ Content. 

Coaches and Mentors

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.

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.    

Dima Kfouri
CEO & Founder of Outfitable

Dima Kfouri is Founder & CEO of, a fashion tech startup that matches women with the clothes that fit them best and outfits that suit their body shape, based on their measurements. Kfouri is a two-time Cannes Lions awarded strategic planner, with a background in marketing, mapping out the user journey and customer acquisition strategy for many B2C international brands.

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.

Aimée O' Beirne
Fashion Data Librarian, Domain Expert, Zalando

Aimée O’Beirne is the Fashion Data Librarian for the Zalando Fashion Insights Centre, Dublin. As the domain expert, she helps to strengthen the relationship between technology and fashion, supporting the ground-breaking work from the Data scientists and Data engineers in both Dublin and Berlin.Bringing a fashion edge to a world of science and technology, she works to incite inspiration and fuel a deeper understanding of the fashion industry. With an established background in Fashion Design, Fashion Buying and Trend forecasting Aimée is an accomplished fashion industry expert.

Aileen Carville
Founder & CEO, SKMMP

An accomplished and experienced Fashion Public Relations and Communications professional with a career spanning over 2 decades .  As PR for a number of international brands she has worked directly with senior stakeholders, principal designers and or CEO’s, directing brand messaging across traditional and digital channels. As Head of International Wholesale Distribution Aileen has over 17 years experience in the luxury fashion RTW supply chain. Collaborations with international fashion organisations include the British Fashion Council for London Fashion Week and established luxury design exhibitions Tranoi, Paris and Pitti Uomo, Florence.

A finalist in the Fashion Tech 2017 Investor showcase at APPLE, London in association with Fashion Innovation Agency London and SetSquared Partnership.Aileen founded SKMMP, a Fashion Tech platform in 2015. 

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.

Daniel Paul
CTO @ Parkpnp

Daniel is an entrepreneur passionate about all things web & tech. He
has been involved in multiple startups and has over 10 years experience building products and services as a full-stack developer. He currently heads up technology as CTO in one of Ireland's fastest growing startups - Parkpnp.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend FashTech 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.



Organizing Team

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

  • Sinead
  • John
  • Golden
  • Shalom
  • HuiChi
  • Amalia
  • Emily


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.

Amalia Agathou
Fashion/Tech, Strategy and Innovation Consultant, SW mentor & organiser

Amalia Agathou has more than 12 years of experience in the European startup ecosystem and the creative industries as an entrepreneur and innovation consultant.

A firm believer in innovation fuelled by cross-border and and cross-industry collaboration, Amalia has designed and worked on numerous international projects that merge various industries with the world of startups, like EDF Energy's Pulse Awards, Global Fashion Battle and CFE's Fashiontech accelerator.

An Information & Communication Systems Engineering and Fine Arts graduate, Amalia has co-founded, worked for Conde Nast, London College of Fashion, The Next Web, Studio XO and more. Most recently she helped set up and led as Head of Innovation, Havas UK innovation hub, Havas X, that looks 18 months ahead of the curve at emerging trends across media, tech, culture and data science.

 Agathou is an active mentor and advisor at several entrepreneurial communities and accelerator programs like London Fashion Fund, Blooming Founders, NEF and Techstars.

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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.

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