Startup Weekend Sustainability Dublin

    Friday, October 19 - 21, 2018

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

Friday, October 19 - 21, 2018

Friday, October 19 - 21, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm

42 Pearse Street
The Academy
Dublin, Ireland

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Startup Weekend Sustainability

54 hours to create and develop startup ideas that will have a positive impact on our planet.

Are you passionate about innovation? Design? Sustainable development? Want to work toward building a more sustainable future for all? Then look no further as we have the perfect event for you! Whether you are currently working within these industries or not, your personal experience, passion and perspective can enable the development of a successful idea. Anyone can help disrupt an industry and transform nations, regardless of what their skill set is. Programmers, Marketers, Strategists, Creative Professionals, Inventive Students and all around driven people will come together for this Startup Weekend of collaboration and innovation.

Startup Weekend Sustainability is the perfect opportunity to pitch an idea, gather a team and see if you can turn that idea into a startup that will support and enhance our economy, society and surrounding environment from the beginning. Whether the idea is sustainability-focused, or is simply a business which integrates sustainable practices in their operations and strategy, we will provide you with the tools to get your idea produced in an incredibly short amount of time, test it with potential consumers and pitch your startup to a panel of judges.

Don't have a startup idea? That doesn't matter, we want you anyway - and we would bet our bottom dollar that you will end up pitching something before the weekend is out!

What's different about this event?

To show that sustainability is the future of business, we are ensuring the entire event is a green event itself! Every element from our branded t-shirts to stationary, from food to waste disposal, we are incorporating ethical production and sustainably sourced or recycled materials throughout.

In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, joys and pressures that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company you will meet the very best mentors, investors, co-founders and sponsors, all of whom 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 the future of many! And even if it doesn't, you can be sure that you will come away from the event with an extremely rewarding and memorable experience. 

Who is Startup Weekend Sustainability for?

It doesn't matter what you do or where you come from, Startup Weekend Sustainability 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 secondary school
  • professionals looking to switch careers or build new skills
  • passionate visionaries
  • lifelong learners and educators

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. Over the course of the weekend, you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your minimum viable product that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get mentoring, feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely!

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend-long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) vegan 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.
  • A jam-packed weekend of learning, innovation and FUN!

Overall Winner:
  • 1-month co-working space in Huckletree, Dublin (worth €500+).
Innovation Prize
  • 3-months co-working space (4 desks) in the Hatch Lab, Gorey (worth €3,000).

Feeling inspired? Join us for a very special weekend, and be a part of the global Techstars Startup Weekend movement!

Questions? Press inquiries? Email us at and don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @SWSustainDub

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Friday October 19th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:20 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:40 pm
Form Teams & Begin Work
Teams start forming and discussing ideas. 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

10:00 pm
Home Time!
The venue will close. We will recommend some late closing venues nearby should your team wish to keep working.

Saturday October 20th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Talk: Lean Canvas - Paddy Quinlan
Leveraging the Lean Canvas to manage the pressures of Startup Weekend and creating a business that can scale.

9:45 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:30 pm

1:00 pm
Guided Meditation
A 15 minute seated yoga session with Huckletree D2 GM and certified yoga teacher, Aislinn. Think a gentle, accessible flow with moves you can take away with you and tap into whenever you need to at your desk. No kit necessary!

1:30 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 October 21st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Pitch Coach - Catherine Moonan
Building your perfect pitch to help get the results you want.

10:00 am
Final opportunity to check in and ask questions before coaches arrive

11:00 am
Coaches Arrive
Final touches added

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings

2:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Opportunity to practice presentation with coaches

4:00 pm
Final slide decks sent in ahead of presentations

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm
Few celebratory drinks to finish off the weekend

10:00 pm
Go Home!


Paddy Quinlan
Operations Manager - Deliveroo

Paddy is Head of Strategy and Performance for Deliveroo, Europe's fastest growing startup. Over the past three years he's occupied a number of roles including General Manager of Ireland, Head of Operations for Ireland and Growth Manager for Scotland and North East England. Previously he spent almost 5 years in the DCU Ryan Academy, where he evaluated over 3,000 startups and worked with hundreds of companies across all stages of growth. Paddy has been an active member of Dublin's Startup Ecosystem, he curated the Startup Digest Dublin for 2 years and has organised numerous Startup Weekends  and hackathons across the city.  Paddy holds a Masters in Management from Smurfit Business School and a BA in Psychology.

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.

Event Judges

Elie Shuggi
Global Head of Startup Delivery - Aviva

Elie is commercial and product focused GM who drives growth by delighting customers. With both a corporate and entrepreneurial background, he spent time at RBS and eBay before launching his own start-up which he exited two and a half years later.
He’s currently Global Head of Start Up Delivery for Aviva where he works with the Start Up and Innovation community to identify emerging businesses, technologies and operating models that can deliver material impact. He also runs where he helps start-ups and high growth companies reach their potential. Elie has a Bachelor of Science (Computing Science) sub-majoring in International Management with First Class Honours from the University of Technology, Sydney and is also a member of Mensa. He’s an avid gamer, yoga practitioner and very passionate about social, economic and environmental sustainability (which is why he’s so excited to be a judge this weekend).

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.

Faye Drouillard
Founder - The Giving Circle of Ireland

Faye Walsh Drouillard is passionate about harnessing the power of philanthropy, investing, and entrepreneurship to create sustainable social and environmental impact.  She is an active donor, consultant, impact investor and catalyst for change.  
After moving to Europe from the U.S., she founded The Giving Circles of Amsterdam and Ireland, whose aim is to democratize giving and engage a new generation of donors.  Following work in a major law firm and political campaigns, she served as Executive Director of the Freedom Writers Foundation through its book and feature film release. She now provides strategy, management and fundraising guidance to social enterprises, start-ups and foundations whose values align with hers.  
Faye believes impact investing is inevitable and is a member of several investor syndicates in Europe.  She is a board member of Philanthropy Ireland and The Community Foundation for Ireland.  She holds a B.A. (University of Washington) and an MBA (UCLA Anderson School). 

Coaches and Mentors

Lorraine McCann
Senior Manager and Leader, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY Ireland

Lorraine McCann is a Senior Manager and Leader of EY Ireland’s Sustainability Services practice. 
Before returning to Ireland in 2016, Lorraine spent 6 years with EY Canada where she helped
companies across all sectors comply with ever-increasing regulatory and voluntary sustainability
Her experience has been focused on helping companies engage with stakeholders, undertake
materiality assessments, develop strategies, set and measure non-financial key performance
indicators, sustainability reporting advisory, sustainability risk assessments, sustainability assurance,
regulatory reporting and impact measurement.

Fin Goulding
International CIO, Aviva

Fin embraces change, transformation and innovation in equal measures. Always at the forefront of Technology and not frightened to experiment or challenge the status quo.

He is currently the International CIO at Aviva Group with technical responsibility for Europe & India with a remit to kill legacy, drive their Digital agenda by introducing the next generation of Agile based on Flow Principles and to disrupt the insurance business by collaborating with FinTech/InsurTech startups.

In his first book "Flow - A Handbook for Change Makers, Mavericks, Innovation Activists and Leaders", Fin explores what he calls the new world of Agile. The second book, "12 steps to Flow: The New Framework for Business Agility" delves into more detail and is backed up by a comprehensive training program. The third book, “From DevOps to Flow: Creating Teams That Win the Future” is the first part of a mini-series aimed at Executive education.

Prior to Aviva, Fin joined Paddy Power as the Group CIO & CTO for Europe where he pioneered DevOps, Kanban, Continuous Delivery and an early variant of Flow where he discovered that Technology and Process change is relatively easy compared to cultural change.

Tom Popple
Senior Manager, Climate Change and Sustainability, Natural Capital Partners; Co-Founder, Climate Cocktail Club

Self confessed Climaholic - Tom lives and breathes the sustainable transition as an avid climate enthusiast. By day he leads the European practice at Natural Capital Partners, through the design, develop and delivery of sustainability leadership programmes for a portfolio of global blue-chip organisations, including PwC, Sky, Marks and Spencer, Logitech, An Post and ING. By night he leads the development of a new global platform to engage fellow climate enthusiasts from across the spectrum of private sector and civil society via The Climate Cocktail Club. Now a Laois man, Tom is focused on building and growing new systems, solutions and social groups to bring about a green revolution in Ireland.

Joe Borza
Co-Founder and CEO - EnergyElephant

Engineer and startup entrepreneur with a focus on ICT, energy data analytics and sustainability.

My experience incorporates over ten years of team leadership, engineering, technology development/deployment, project management and sustainability in a range of industries including smart cities, energy, environment, education, government, project management and financial reviews. 

My specialised experience includes: 
• Project management (interdisciplinary & technology);
• Software/app and business model development;
• Technology research, development and deployment;
• Energy/sustainability/environmental management systems (ISO 50001, ISO 14000); 
• Strategic planning and implementation;
• Sustainability/environmental/energy reporting;
• Regulatory compliance and negotiation;
• Environmental and energy legislation development/compliance;
• Greenhouse gas emission regulatory reporting and supply chain assessment;
• Sustainability policy development, implementation and assessment.

Aideen O'Dochartaigh
Research Co-ordinator - UCD Centre for Business and Society (CeBaS) and Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI)

Dr Aideen O'Dochartaigh is a researcher at the UCD College of Business, specialising in sustainability accounting and responsible business. She completed her PhD on sustainability accounting at the School of Management, University of St Andrews in Scotland, followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCD, funded by the Irish Research Council. Most recently she has worked on a research project exploring the possibilities of sustainability reporting at a sectoral level, funded by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. Currently she works as Research Co-ordinator for a partnership project between the Centre for Business and Society and Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), a responsible business network. Aideen is a chartered accountant who has worked in practice with Deloitte and in industry with Irish Rail and Trinity College. She has a BSc in Equine Science and an MBS (Research) from the University of Limerick. 

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.    

Szilvia Szabo
CEO of The Impacter

With over 10 years of professional experience in value-driven entrepreneurship, climate-innovation and communication, Sylvia co-founded The Impacter 4 years ago, to invest in and manage programmes to accelerate the implementation of Responsible Innovation practices in business and policy. Flagship projects include the annual international Responsible Innovation Summit conference in Dublin which began in 2017, bringing together leaders from different sectors to cross-pollinate ideas, network and learn about Responsible Innovation and Investments. Sylvia & her team also launched the Business SPIRIT Award in collaboration with Dublin City Council in 2018 which seeks to celebrate innovators who are creating “Profit with Purpose” by embedding social and environmental values in their core business model.  Sylvia is involved with various research and training programmes related to sustainable business and policy development, and holds an MSc as an Agricultural Engineer and an MBA in Marketing Strategy. She strongly believes that the next generation of products/services needs to be profitable, environmentally sustainable and socially desirable at the same time.    

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.

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.

Emer Cooney
Enterprise & Innovation Community Manager, Bank of Ireland

Emer is an Environmental Biologist, Science Communicator, and Entrepreneur.  After working in freshwater policy analysis in Trinity College following her Msc. Degree, Emer trained in broadcast-quality video production and worked with RPS Consulting’s communications team, and on RTE’s long-running Eco Eye series. Emer then worked independently to produce videos for Environmental NGOs, and simultaneously developed her award-winning IoT animal health product, Hydrasure.  Emer subsequently joined AquaTT as a science communicator and knowledge transfer officer on innovation-led H2020-funded projects relating to marine and aquaculture sciences, as well as developing ocean literacy education & outreach activities as part of the ‘Sea Change’ project:  Emer has recently joined Bank of Ireland and helps start-ups via her role as Enterprise & Innovation Community Manager for the Leinster region.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Sustainability 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.
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Ahsan Kabirul
C.E.O / Founder at HazzPress

Former Founder & Editor in Chief - Point Squad. A technology and gaming point of news. 

Founder & CEO - HazzPress. An digital studio operating throughout the EU. We work with top clubs, enterprises and expanding small and startup businesses.

Karla Araque
Hub and Community Success

From Venezuela with a Bachelor in Economics and a Master Degree in International Business. Currently working in Ireland with Versari. Passionate about edtech and dark chocolate. Firm believer that dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.

Rachel Fay
Business Developer

Startup lover and tech enthusiast, Rachel worked for several early-stage startups while completing her Masters in Communication and Media in Paris. Recently graduated, Rachel decided to step out of her comfort zone by working in business development for growth stage software company in Dublin, Ireland. Lifelong learner and multipotentialite at heart, Rachel is always involved in different projects during her free time. She is currently helping Learning Tech Labs, an Irish edtech community, to scale.

Sinead O'Keeffe
Facilitator and Community Leader at Techstars

Having been involved with Techstars for over three years going from participant to organiser I am now taking on my next role as facilitator. My past events with Techstars saw me organising Ireland's first Startup Weekend in FashionTech (2017) and Social Innovation (2019). Outside of Techstars I curate a weekly global newsletter covering topics on the Future of Fashion at Startup Digest. A recent graduate I now hold a BA in Marketing, Digital Media and Cloud Computing.  

Marc Picornell
Senior Manager

25+ years in IT and Telecomunication. Expert in Innovation, Lean Startup, Business Model and in Agile.  Entrepreneur

Aislinn Mahon
General Manager - Huckletree

Aislinn Mahon is General Manager at Huckletree D2 and Co-Director at Startup Grind Dublin. She formerly led the Women in Tech Programme at Web Summit and is deeply passionate about working with women to build their inner confidence, primarily through the practise of yoga.

Huckletree D2 is a workspace accelerator for startups, fast-growth companies, creative collaborators and entrepreneurs, offering unrivalled access to the London tech ecosystem. Huckletree is proud to be a human-led company, passionate about driving change in industry. We believe the way businesses and consumers treat the limited resources available on Earth has to change.

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