Techstars Startup Weekend Dublin Social Innovation

    Friday, October 18 - 20, 2019

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Dublin Social Innovation

Friday, October 18 - 20, 2019

Friday, October 18 - 20, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm

48 Ringsend Rd
Grand Canal Dock
Dublin, Ireland D04 HX85

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Your idea 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?   Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.   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 can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. 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.
  Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!   Still have questions, feel free to reach us at 
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Friday October 18th

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

7:30 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

9:45 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 October 19th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Lean Canvas Workshop: Gene Murphy
What is a lean canvas, how to use it, and why you should!

1:00 pm

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!

6:00 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

9:30 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday October 20th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Guest Speaker: Damien Conroy
Damien is a tech lead with ConsenSys Ireland, and will be giving an overview of the work ConsenSys do for anyone curious about what goes on behind the blockchain curtains.

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Pitch Help
Organising team and some mentors are here to help… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Deadline for slides, Tech-Check time
No more work on slides after 3pm. 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
After Party!


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.

Event Judges

David Connolly
Business Advisor at Dublin City Local Enterprise Office

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. 

David Scanlon
Venture Investment Lead @ NDRC

David is an experienced executive, with a career spanning software engineering, public sector trade development, and private sector business development - all built on a vocation as an evangelist for the Irish startup community.
As an NDRC Venture Investment Lead, David sources, engages, guides, and enables teams to transform the best ideas into globally scalable businesses.
David is a talented communicator and connector, with a unique understanding of the Irish and European startup ecosystems.

Eoin Connolly
Technology Director at ConsenSys

Eoin is Technology Director with ConsenSys Ireland, leading their engineering team of blockchain specialists to help bring about the decentralised future.  He works primarily with ConsenSys Solutions to deliver large-scale Ethereum-based blockchain projects to enterprise clients, turning the disruptive potential of blockchain into functioning, global, decentralised platforms.

Coaches and Mentors

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.    

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.

Chris MM Gordon
CEO at the Irish Social Enterprise Network

Chris is the CEO of the Irish Social Enterprise Network ( and Managing Partner of Collaboration Ireland. He is driven by those organisations that are 'Well Good'.

Chris’ work focuses on leading and managing European and Nationwide projects on Social Enterprise, Social Entrepreneurship, Corporate Responsibility, Social Impact, Startups, Cooperatives, Exporting, SMEs in Ireland and leading a life of passion and purpose. He is a director of Far & Wild and Founder of and the Irish Export Cooperative ( Chris is the former Director of Social Enterprise NI.

Chris engages on national discourse and policy development providing sectoral reporting, supports and proposals to government. Chris has featured in the Sunday Times, BBC, Irish Independent, RTÉ, Today FM, Sunday Business Post and other media. He has contributed to National and European policy papers for political parties.

Chris is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management in the UK, Social Innovation Fellow from StartingBloc in the US, a Constellations Society Fellow from France, Tällberg Pathfinder Fellow from Sweden and a US Department of State awardee on Social Enterprise and Tackling Long Term Unemployment programme. Chris’ passion is in outdoor facilitation, youth work, social inclusion and his community development experience.

Chris has a degree in Theoretical Physics from Queen’s University Belfast, a Masters in Business from the University of Ulster and has spent time at Babson College, Dorset College and Boston College.

Panpan Lin
Software Engineer @ IBM

Former winner of Startup Weekend Dublin, NASA Space Apps Challenge (global nominee representing Ireland), and Dublin Smart City Hackathon. Now a software engineer at IBM. In her spare time she enjoys giving talk at tech meetups and holding concerts as a pianist. She holds 4 degrees, has published 5 books, and entered 2 international film festivals.

Edward Emmanuel
IoT & Innovation Technologist

Edward has been working in the innovation space since 2013,
helping international companies commercialise novel
products and solutions involving Medical Technology
(MedTech), Life Sciences, the Internet of Things (IoT), and
Software’s as a Service (SaaS). He’s personally raised funds
and project managed 9 such solutions valued at up to €2.8M
each, bringing them to their next rounds of fund raising,
product development, and customer acquisitions. His
experience in the IoT space had him roped into Dublin city’s
pioneering ‘Smart Docklands’ Smart City initiative, the first of
its kind in Ireland and globally where the municipality and
academia have funded a Project Management Office (PMO) to play an intermediary amongst
government, the start-up community, multi-nationals, universities, research centres, and citizens of
Dublin. He helps shape the programme and portfolio of work, while driving key projects by ensuring
progress, deliverables, and milestones are achieved. He also helps to define the processes and
structures around project engagement, otherwise known as project governance, for the wider Smart
Dublin initiative. In his spare time, Edward helps manage the Founder Institute Dublin Chapter, a
Silicon Valley based pre-accelerator that helps individuals in full time employment explore
transitioning to become start-up founders through an intensive 3.5 months programme involving
Irish and global mentors.

Jeanne Kelly
Partner: Technology, Data Protection, Privacy and Contracts, LK Shields

Jeanne has had a market-leading commercial and technology practice for 20 years. She has led data protection compliance programmes for some of Ireland’s leading corporates as well as for multinationals with Irish operations.

Jeanne and her team provide a practical, solution-driven approach to data protection issues, and she has been a thought leader on GDPR preparedness strategies for several years, including during the negotiation period of the Regulation.

Jeanne is a regular speaker at conferences in Ireland and abroad on GDPR, legal issues for start-up and scaling companies and data privacy generally. Previous speaking engagements include IBA, ABA, UCD, TCD and Law Society of Ireland (including teaching on its MOOC on Data Protection Law).

Olga Filimon-Łęcka
Product Designer/Innovation Consultant at Sylon Solutions

Olga works as a Product Designer and Innovation Consultant for Sylon Solutions where she helps Forbes 2000 companies innovate and introduce new solutions to the market. She’s also a student of UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School, working towards Master’s in Digital Innovation. Previously Product Designer and Workshop Facilitator at Startup Development House, she worked on multiple startups and corporate projects, mostly in Nordics. Ex Head of Customer Success for venture-backed startups, she blends UX/UI skills with strong business and strategy understanding.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Dublin Social Innovation 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.

Signature Sponsors

ConsenSys is a global blockchain company. We develop enterprise applications, invest in startups, build developer tools, and offer blockchain education.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Sinead
  • Emily
  • Daniel


Daniel Kyne
Fast Track Innovation Lead

- Innovation Lead at Unilever
- World Economic Forum Global Shaper
- 30 Under 30 Ireland (2017 & 2018)
- Enactus World Cup Semi-Finalist (2017 & 2018)

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