Techstars Startup Weekend Irish University Edition

    Friday, January 31 - February 2, 2020

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Irish University Edition

Friday, January 31 - February 2, 2020

Friday, January 31 - February 2, 2020
Event starts at 6:30 pm

4 Barrow Street
Dublin, County Dublin D04 E5W5

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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 January 31st

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:35 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

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 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.

Saturday February 1st

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
Mentor Meetings
Mentors 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

9:00 pm
Finished for the day.

Sunday February 2nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:40 am
Pitch Presentation
Pitch Presentation by Daniel Kyne

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Pitch Practice
Teams will practice their pitches in front of a panel of Four

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
5 min presentation, 3 min Q&A

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards

8:00 pm

9:00 pm
Networking and drinks reception
Off to BrewDog!


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 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)

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. 

Alan Costello
Venture Investment Leader at NDRC

Alan is a Venture Investment Leader with NDRC where he sources and supports early stage tech startups. He has spent ten years developing early stage startups - strategy towards growth and the investment needed to support that growth. 

He is also a founder of the M1PaymentsCorridor creating a major payments cluster in Ireland.

Ken Tyrrell
Deals Partner at PwC

Ken Tyrrell is a partner in PwC's advisory deals practice, with 17+ years professional experience. Ken works with many of the leading banking and financial services companies in Ireland, advising on formal restructuring and independent business reviews. Additionally, Ken works directly with domestic businesses assisting them raising capital and investment, and other financial advisory services. 

As a member of the PwC Ireland Digital Leadership team and innovation council. Ken recently helped run a firmwide innovation competition 'Disrupt X' which involved 240 entries whittled down to 10 teams pitching their ideas to a judging panel. Ken also recently launched the inaugural PwC Ireland Hackathon which over 100 people participated in three action packed days. 

Claire Fitzpatrick
Global Director Strategy & Operations at Consensys

Claire leads strategic operations for of ConsenSys. ConsenSys designs, builds and deploys enterprise software blockchain solutions powered by the Ethereum blockchain. Consensys employs 1,000 people globally and its clients include Forbes Global 2000 companies.  ConsenSys Ireland launched in June 2018 and acts as a product development hub and client service Prior to ConsenSys, Claire was a founder of Red Planet a consultancy bringing outside in start-up innovation to large corporates.   Claire sold Red Planet to Deloitte in 2017 Claire was also CFO for Wayra Ireland, a start-up accelerator investing pre-seed and seed capital into the Irish start-up ecosystem. She is a founder of a start up and advisor and investor in several others.

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.    

Joseph Lanzillotta
Student Entrepreneurship Program Manager

Joe is the Student Entrepreneurship/Blackstone LaunchPad Programme Manager at Tangent, Trinity's Ideas Workspace. His educational background is in business, specifically entrepreneurship. He has experience in sales and marketing and specialises in early stage startup development. His journey in Dublin's entrepreneurial world began in 2015 when he co-founded Blazer Technologies, a startup aimed at digitising the beekeeping industry. He participated in Trinity College Dublin's LauchBox Accelerator and Enterprise Ireland's New Frontiers phase 2 where he learned that #SavingTheBees is an uphill battle... one he is still fighting today!

Hannah Lynch
Blockchain Consultant at Deloitte

Hannah is a highly energetic and passionate Blockchain Consultant working in the Deloitte EMEA Blockchain Lab. Hannah found Blockchain, almost accidentally  two years ago when she attended a Hackathon and met a number of people who were fierce supporters of the technology - she very quickly became one of them! Working with disruptive technology wasn’t an obvious progression from her degree in Law & Business, but while she knew the world of law would still be there if she wanted to go back, Hannah didn’t think the opportunity to be at the heart of the global Blockchain transformation would!

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.

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.

Mads Jöhnk Jørgensen
Startup Growth Specialist at HubSpot

Mads is an Growth Specialist at HubSpot where he consults Nordic startups and scaleups on digital growth strategy. He has an international background from entrepreneurship as a 2-times co-founder, and from venture capital where he has worked in two leading international early-mid stage venture capital funds on raising and setting up investment funds totaling a size of more than $100 million. He holds a Master’s degree in International Business and Communication from Copenhagen Business School.

Juci Kulloi
Senior Enablement Specialist at Intercom

I’ve worked at Intercom for almost 4 years and through most of my tenure there, I’ve worked alongside our Customer Support team, working closely with CS Leadership on projects related to company and team strategy. Currently I’m a Senior Enablement Specialist and focus on product enablement, which involves working closely with our R&D teams to ensure our Customer Support and Sales teams are aware of and prepared for all product and feature releases. 

Before Intercom I worked at Barretstown, a camp for children with serious illnesses and their families. I worked there first as a Summer Cara and then as an Activity Leader running activities such as archery, canoeing and many more. I still volunteer at Barretstown every spring and autumn for some of the weekend family camps. Volunteering for camps like Barretstown has been something I’ve been very passionate about for over a decade now.

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.

Dylan Quinn McMahon
Account Executive at Segment

Dylan is an Account Executive at Segment, a tech unicorn focused on customer data based out of San Francisco. He joined the Dublin team over a year ago when it was around 20 people and has watched it grow to over 55 people. Dylan studied Business & Law at UCD and after a brief stint in Finance with JP Morgan opted to try his hand at entering a startup weekend with an idea for a digital business card for conferences. Fun fact: "I met my girlfriend at the same Hackathon!"

Luke Byrne
Investment Analyst at Amaranthine

Luke is a StartupWeekend Alum and now works full time in venture capital with Amaranthine. He has a wealth of experience in the startup, venture capital and developer community and can't wait to help create another fantastic StartupWeekend!

Lisa Nguyen
Software Engineer at HubSpot

Lisa is a software engineer currently working for HubSpot in Dublin where she spends her days drinking caramel lattes and working away on the user interface for the customer feedback tools. She helps with the development and maintenance of a suite of tools that allow businesses to utilise and deploy various surveys to gain a greater understanding of their customers to help their business grow better (HubSpot’s motto) and create a more enhanced customer experience. Before joining HubSpot, she specialised in frontend development at Verizon Media for two years where she worked on various projects for the likes of Aol and Yahoo. She had her first taste of the Startup Weekend scene back in her college days at Maynooth University where she studiedComputer Science and Software Engineering.

Simon Factor
Senior Manager, New Ventures at NovaUCD

Simon is responsible for the development and launch of New Ventures at University College Dublin and is the lead contact for Investors and Commercial Partners seeking to engage with UCD start ups.
During the last 15-years, Simon has founded a number of successful companies in the digital media and analytics space and has extensive experience in the translation of research to market through start-ups, product development and licensing. As a managing director, Simon has engaged in commercial academic partnerships through national funding schemes and within larger EU consortia under FP7 programmes.   Simon has also worked as a technology consultant to public and private organisations on matters relating to digital transformation and ICT including the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Irish Film Institute.   Prior to this, he was based in Los Angeles as a Sales Director for Audio Processing Technology Inc, managing the sale and licensing of digital audio compression technology built upon IP developed at Queens University Belfast.   Simon has won several awards for entrepreneurship and innovation including the Dublin Chamber of Commerce David Manley Award, ICT Innovation Award (UK) and a number of Digital Media Awards for product innovation and startups.   Simon graduated with an MSc in International Business from Trinity College Dublin where his focus was on the transformative impact of digital media and technology on cultural heritage institutions and media organisations in Europe.   Simon is Senior Manager of New Ventures at NovaUCD and is responsible for attracting investment capital and forming teams to create high performance start-up companies that will bring UCD innovations to market.

Áine Mulloy
Innovation Designer at The Dock, Accenture

Áine Mulloy is an Innovation Designer at The Dock, Accenture, helping clients to develop strategies and solve complex problems.  Áine also has experience in the start-up world as the co-founder and former CMO of GirlCrew, a global social network for women. An advocate for diversity, entrepreneurship, Áine has delivered a TEDx talks on social issues, and in 2018 was named a Forbes as a Top European Founder to follow. Previously, she’s also been awarded with 30 Under 30 award for Community Activism, as well as a JCI Dublin Ten Outstanding Young People award. With a background in the humanities, before making the move to technology, she has a keen interest in communities that are making positive changes.  

Andrew Macadam
Western Europe Managing Director for Startups at Microsoft

Andrew is the Managing Director for Microsoft Startups in Western Europe, covering 17 countries, where he engages to identify, support and develop start-ups and scale-ups who have the potential to be incredible partners with Microsoft.
Andrew focuses on developing businesses by helping them evolve, develop new revenue, and engage with the Microsoft customers to close new business.
Andrew has worked in leadership roles in Sales, Digital Marketing, Strategy and Customer
Success across Organisational Change, Mobile Telecoms and Cloud for multinational organisations.

Sonia Madurga Martin
Program Manager in business development for Google Cloud,

Over 8 years working in Tech within marketing & sales departments. Currently, I am a Program Manager in business development for Google Cloud, leading EMEA business development (Inbound & Outbound) for GCP SMB. Before Google I was Head of Business Development in a SaaS startup, leading its growth strategy from having the first sale to making the process predictable and scalable. I'm specialised in prioritisation, lead source opening, running pilots and tracking business impact always putting the user/client first. Double graduated in Law in Economics at UPF, master in marketing and sales at ESIC and Executive MBA at ESADE

Michael OToole
MD of CareerDrive

Michael was an MD at Morgan Stanley Technology for 15 years and has held leadership roles across the Technology infrastructure including Strategic Planning and Organisational Design. He has worked across the globe in major cities in Europe, Asia and the United States. He has lead large Technology teams and multi million dollar programs for many business lines including Equity, Fixed Income and Banking. Michael frequently speaks at international conferences and is currently a guest lecturer at several London universities. Michael holds a degree in Psychology from University College Dublin and a Masters degree in Complex Problem Solving from the University of Lancaster. He is currently Managing Director of Career Drive, a digital mentoring platform. His enthusiasm and expertise will be hugely beneficial to startups looking to and we can't wait to have him attend the weekend!

Ellen Le Bas
Accenture's Tech Strategy & co-founder of MLN

Ellen currently works for Accenture's Tech Strategy practice is a co-founder of MLN. She has a masters in electronic and computer engineering from UCD. She has experience working in product design, software and hardware engineering in both startups and multinationals.

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Dublin is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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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. 

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.  

Event Staff

Niamh Reid
Event Staff

I’m an outgoing chatty person who loves taking on new challenges and giving them my all. I’m a team player and also a good team leader.
I’m an independent punctual individual who loves to exceed in all aspects of life. Im a good people person and mix well with people from all aspects of life

Rory OConnor
Marketing Manager

3rd year business student majoring in marketing and entrepreneurship

Jennifer Kelly
Event Staff

I am Jennifer Kelly and I am a passionate and hardworking person, I ensure that each guests I come into contact with has the best experience possible. I am a great team player and love challenges. I am a very friendly and outgoing person. 

Aisling O'Neill
ArcLabs Research and Innovation Centre Manager, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT)

ArcLabs represents a unique entrepreneurial ecosystem, marrying academia, research, innovation and enterprise. As such, Aisling is active in advocating for the South East region in terms of the capacity there to support high potential start-ups and supports the existing ArcLabs community while seeking out the entrepreneurs and business ideas for the future pipeline of ArcLabs. Aisling is always available to discuss business ideas and ways that WIT can support the development of enterprise. Email:; Phone: 085 8746252.

Manish Chandra Singh
Event Staff

Manish is a dream-doer. He started his first startup 7 years ago while pursuing engineering. He's passionate about travelling and his entrepreneurial skills led him to pursue his passion as a career. After graduating, he was heading as CMO of an online sustainable travel company - un[travel] for more than 4 years and expanded it to 50 employees and 10,000+ clients. Godaddy’s Global CEO personally acknowledged & encouraged him for his technical expertise in the customer experience, and strategies for digital startups. He's pursuing his Masters in Marketing from UCD Smurfit Graduate Business school. Apart from this, he loves mountains & has represented skiing at National Winter Games in India. He recently returned from a surfing trip in Donegal this month.

Will O'Callaghan
Volunteer at Start Up Weekend

Will O’Callaghan is a First Year Management Science and Information Systems Studies (MSISS) student and joins TES as Start-Up Weekend ambassador for the 2019/20
session. Will is also organising Trinity’s inaugural Technology Conference which will bring industry leaders together in March 2020. Will has a keen interest in the world of entrepreneurship and start-ups. He is also very passionate about sport, in particular rugby
and tennis.

Sumir Rmesh
Event Staff

Hi there, I am currently pursuing my masters in bioengineering at TCD. I have always been interested in innovation and entrepreneurship and actively involved in Medtech innovation.
I am passionate about affordable innovation in medtech.
I love traveling and cooking 

Joseph Keegan
Event Staff

Joseph has been 25 years acting as a Contract Consultant in the indigenous SME Space in Manufacturing, Professional Services and Education.
In the last 10 years I have graduated from Trinity College in Information Systems, TU (Formally DIT) BSc in Digital Technology & Design and Dublin Business School BSc (Hons) in Computing (Data Analytics). I am now following my passion doing a Postgraduate in Creative Thinking, Innovation & Entrepreneurship with Tangent, Trinity College, Dublin Business School while being a TES Incubator Ambassador, Alumni Mentor and participating in EIT Health Innovation Days in Tangent. I truly enjoy engaging and helping Innovators which I learnt through being a Volunteer and Senior Team Lead with Web Summit in 2016 - 2018 in Lisbon while always looking forward to the next challenge.  

Eoin Seery
Event Photographer

I'm a final year Multimedia student with an interest in photography and a growing interest in videography. I took up photography about three years ago as a hobby but since then have been looking into how I can make it a full time job. I do other work with different forms of media.

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