Startup Weekend Immigration Dublin

    Friday, March 8 - 10, 2019

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

Friday, March 8 - 10, 2019

Friday, March 8 - 10, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Udemy Ireland
Sir John Rogerson's Quay
Block C, 5th Floor (c/o Spaces)
Dublin 2, D02 T804

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Your idea in 54 hours

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

Do you think that in diversity comes strength? That our cities and society should be more inclusive? You are passionate about innovation? You also always have ideas that you want to share with the world? Then look no further as we have the perfect event for you! Our goal is to create a healthy environment where entrepreneurs from a non-traditional background can create, collaborate and build firm contacts in the Irish business scene as well as finding innovative solutions to make the world more diverse and inclusive.

Startup Weekend Immigration is the perfect opportunity to pitch an idea, gather a team and see if you can turn that idea into a startup or into a viable non profit organisation that will support and enhance our economy, society and surrounding environment from the beginning.

Whether you come from an immigrant background and want to start a business, you want to create innovative solutions to societal barriers related to Immigration, or you have a diversity-related startup idea, our Startup Weekend Immigration is the perfect venue to show off your creative business skills. 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.
You don’t have any idea, or you not sure of your 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!

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 Immigration for?

Literally, everyone. It doesn't matter what you do or where you come from, Startup Weekend Immigration is designed as an inclusive event and program that brings all sorts of people together.

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) meals over the course of the weekend (Vegetarian and Vegan option)
  • 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 :

  • 2-month co-working space (4 desks) in Huckletree, Dublin (worth €2000)
  • A place on a Start Your Own Business Course from the Local Entreprice Office (worth €500)
  • One-on-one time with an amazing investor from the Guinness enterprise center and the Business innovation center Dublin(worth €500+)
Best in Tech :

  • The prize is for a place on the Dublin Tech Summit 2019 scale up programme Scale X which includes a two day exhibition space at the summit, 5 one to one arranged meeting with mentors suited to the startups business and numerous networking opportunities. (worth €2000)
Techfugees recognition Prize : 
  •  Opportunity for most appropriate projects to be connected with the global Techfugees Network 
  •  Meeting with Techfugees's local representative after the Startup weekend to follow up the project
Promotional codes :

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for each ticket sold, Sticker Mule is offering a discount of 70% (50 stickers for 19€ instead of 62€) 

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 @SWMDublin

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Friday March 8th

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

7:15 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas. 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 9th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Lean with Gene
Learn the Canvas business model method with Gene Murphy

10:00 am
Work begin

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 10th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am

9:30 am
Pitch with Panache
Learn all the basics of what makes a strong value proposition with David Watters

12:00 pm

3:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:00 pm

5:30 pm
Final presentations
Team pitch their ideas

6:45 pm

7:00 pm

7:15 pm
Judging & Awards

8:00 pm


David Watters
Investors & Partnerships Manager at Dublin Tech Summit

From years of engaging with entrepreneurship and startups, I was exposed to the raw passion of business and enthusiasm that exists worldwide for innovation, entrepreneurship and the pursuit of not being afraid to be different. 

My experiences from being a startup founder a mentor has given me the ability to generate an idea, conceptualise it and develop it into a strong business value proposition. Most importantly through graft and experience, I have learned how to craft a presentation and communicate the key messages of a product/brand and strategy to an audience with the intent to inspire enthusiasm and generate actions. A skill I'm always improving and helping others to improve.

I've mentored over 700 startups, reviewed over 1500 pitches and run pitching competitions and webinars all over the world, working with some of the biggest names in investing, media and international business. I'm always interested in meeting startups, charities and businesses of all shapes and sizes to see how we can work together. 

Gene Murphy
Co-Founder Startup Boost Pre-Accelerator, Co-Organiser Startup Week Dublin

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.

Event Judges

Ellie Kisyombe
Campaign Outreach Coordinator,Human rights,social Justice Activist at End direct provision campaign

Ellie Kisyombe is a mother, activist, political candidate for the Social Democrats, chef and   Co-Founder and Director of Our Table. 
Originally from Malawi, Ellie has been seeking asylum in Ireland for the past nine years. Her family were driven to empower marginalised people at home, and she has carried this same passion for social justice and equality with her to Ireland. 
In 2015 Ellie established Our Table, a non profit that helps refugees and asylum seekers gain skills and employment. Our Table fights to end the harmful system of Direct Provision through the celebration of food and culture. Our Table has seen a number of successes including winning The Irish Cafe Awards, establishing a cafe in Christchurch Cathedral and launching its own range of Hot Sauces and Hummus. 
In 2016 Ellie was in an award winning radio drama ‘Flight Risk’ which won the Gold Award for Best Drama Special in New York Radio Awards and was nominated for the Prix Europa Berlin, Irish Radio Awards, and the Prix Italia Milan. 
In 2018 Ellie was featured as part of Dublin City Council Culture Company’s ‘Local Heroes’ and announced her candidacy for Dublin City Councillor for the Social Democrats Dublin Central. She was also featured alongside other Irish activists in Hozier’s video for ‘Nina Cried Power’

Furkan Karayel
Founder and CEO at Diversein

Furkan is a women-in-tech, diversity and female founders ambassador. Founded after 10 years of software engineering experience. Dublin Chapter Lead for, a global diverse female entrepreneurs organisation. Member of Dublin Chamber of Commerce. 

Outside of her day job, Furkan enjoys speaking at international events about her journey into tech world as a woman, her recommendations for women in tech issues and power of diversity and inclusion at workplace.

Honoured with "Diversity and Inclusion Role Model in Business" and "Trailblazer" Awards.

David Connolly
Business Advisor with the LEO Dublin City

Dave Connolly is a Business Advisor with the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Dublin City and has responsibility for the development of companies operating in the capital. Dave has held enterprise development positions with Dundalk Institute of Technology and Enterprise Ireland, working with companies from Pre- Startup to Scaling across multiple sectors. Dave’s educational background is in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. 

Coaches and Mentors

Lizzy Hayashida
Founder of change donation

Lizzy Hayashida is the Co-founder & CEO of Change Donations, a micro-donation platform that is reimagining the donation space for charities and non-profits. She spent 8 years working for startups in both New York and San Francisco before moving to Dublin to complete her MBA at Trinity College. 

Gearoid Kearney
Co founder of My access Hub

I'm the CoFounder of myAccessHub. I'm driven by my passion to make change and increase accessibility for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders within society. I've applied my professional knowledge to develop a solution that utilises technology to increase accessibility within the workplace. I'm responsible for the development of technology within myAccessHub along with the business development of the company. 

Within the last twelve months I've been an active participant of the New Frontiers Programme with Enterprise Ireland. I was also one of the finalists on the Bridge to Mass Challenge where I represented the company in Boston. I have most recently been a participant of the ChangemakersXChange Programme where I engaged in personal and professional development while also developing invaluable relationships with fellow participants located across the world.

Serena de Stacpoole
Innovation Consultant at 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.

William Conaghan
Co-Founder of Change Donations

William Conaghan - After Graduating from Georgetown University, I moved to New York to work as a financial analyst and business controller for Nasdaq. At Nasdaq I managed $100MUSD in assets for the Global Technology Department. I also managed the financials for the dark pool trading platform and the facial recognition software. After 3 yers at Nasdaq I moved to Ireland to pursue an MBA at Trinity College Dublin. At Trinity, I worked as a consulted for Aramark, Cybersafe Ireland and Datactics providing marketing scaling and strategic insights. During my time at Trinity I co-founded Change Donations, a social enterprise that helps charities and non-profits raise funds through the collective power of micro-donations. Change Donations is inspiring positive change in our communities, and providing an affordable, robust, and agile financial infrastructure to organizations that have powerful social missions. 

Allen Thomas Varghese
Full Stack Developer

Full Stack Developer and Community Engagement Specialist with 8+ years of experience in web and mobile. Organiser of technology meetups and workshops in Data Science & programming. Mentor, Speaker and Ideas enthusiast.

Susan Moran
Founder of The Mobile Coach and You

Hi, I'm Susan.
And I'm a start-up too. At The Mobile Coach and You. 
My business is based on human connection. 
Inclusiveness happens when we focus on what we share rather than where we differ. When we see each other as humans, firstly. 
My mentoring mantra: "There is no perfect solution ... there are many good options."
What do I do? I add the touch to tech! ;o) We pair emotion and transparency with substance. 
How? I don't know you or your business. But you do! I ask powerful questions, give perspective, unpack problems, make creative suggestions, and guide towards solutions.

Liz McCarthy
Strategic Projects @ Dogpatch Labs

Liz manages partnerships at Dogpatch Labs, Ireland's leading co-working space for tech startups. Corporate and Innovation partners include Google for Entrepreneurs, Ulster Bank and ESB and also partners with 50+ organisations that are shaping the growth of the tech and startup ecosystem in Ireland.

Áine Mulloy
CoFounder & Chief Marketing Officer

Co-Founder and CMO at GirlCrew. Community builder. Brand lover. TEDx speaker. Forbes Top 100EU Female Founders to Follow. 30 Under 30. Advocate for diversity and female empowerment.

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.    

Ricardo Santos
Project Program Manager

I help SMEs grow and expand, through increased productivity and efficiency. I work directly with business owners and C-suite executives on top critical initiatives to increase benefits realization.
Together, we will grow your businesses to the next level, by implementing innovative Lean Enterprise Governance Processes, and streamlined Project, Programme and Portfolio Management Frameworks, reducing waste, optimising resources and consistently delivering On-Time, On-Track, On-Target.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Immigration Dublin 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

  • David
  • Sophie
  • Lopamudra
  • Pàdraig
  • Katalina


Puja Thiel

Born in Kenya, raised in Bahrain and lived in India, Netherlands and Norway, I enjoy collecting the best things from all cultures to build a sustainable and caring future for everyone. I am driven by sustainable innovation, even in my free time where I experiment with zero-waste living and share the benefits of chemical-free cosmetics and slow food.

In Norway, I am working to bring together public and private stakeholders to discuss sustainable innovation and build programs to educate and motivate future generations to find creative solutions to some of our most pressing issues today, especially in today’s food systems.

Event Staff

Lena Klein
Msc. Digital Marketing Strategy student with 7 years experience in content creation and marketing

Msc. Digital Marketing Strategy student with 7 years experience in content creation and marketing

Yoann Jugeur
Business Student

French student in business in NCI

Andrea Rueda
Integration Programme Project Manager at Aviva

Having worked in Toronto, London and now Dublin for Aviva, Andrea has a breath of experience in the insurance and tech industry. Her main passions are Innovation, Transformation and Diversity. She’s currently helping Aviva integrate Friends First, a Life & Pensions company which was acquired last year.

Galina Rakanova
Senior UI/UX Developer

Senior UI/UX Developer with over 10 years’ experience in e-Learning, Graphic and Web Design & Development, Online advertising.

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