Dublin Student Startup Weekend

    Friday, November 4 - 6, 2016

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
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Dublin Student Startup Weekend

Friday, November 4 - 6, 2016

Friday, November 4 - 6, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

University Branch Montrose
Stillorgan Rd
Dublin, Ireland

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Build A Business And Become The Founder Of A Startup In Just 54 Hours!

Welcome to the Dublin Student Startup Weekend! 

This event is all about bringing together students from all of Dublin's universities who are passionate about entrepreneurship, technology and design!

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.  Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a co-founder, meet someone new, or learn a skill, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic, but fun, world of startups.

In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. Over the course of the weekend you will work in teams of like minded university students with various business, technology and design courses to develop a viable business. 

As you learn how to create a real company, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started. 
 If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur for just one weekend; come get involved!

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Friday November 4th

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

6:45 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:15 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pre-Pitch Mixer
Some quick StuSWDub Ice-Breakers to get to know your fellow participants

8:00 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
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday November 5th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
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

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!

Sunday November 6th

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

2:15 pm
Deadline for submitting slides
All presentation slides must received by this time.

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

3:30 pm

4:30 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards

7:30 pm

8:00 pm
Location TBA ;)


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.

Daniel Ramamoorthy

DanRam is a catalyst, accelerating change as a serial entrepreneur, investor, advisor to the Irish government, life coach and recording artist.

David Tighe
Head of Enterprise and Innovation, Bank of Ireland

Dave has spent 18 years in Retail Banking in Ireland after graduating from Trinity College. David also holds an MBA from Manchester Business School. 

He has extensive experience across digital banking, the payments industry and innovation in financial products. He has been responsible for Credit Card, Deposits and Current Account product strategies and has delivered multiple new retail products to the Irish market.

His recent role in Bank of Ireland looks at long term planning, consumer behaviour changes, market planning and incubation and the integration of fintech and innovative start-ups. He is responsible for Bank of Ireland workbench and Startlab initiatives which incubate and support the vibrant tech ecosystem across Ireland. He is also responsible for the Bank of Ireland Enterprise programme supporting business and community growth in Ireland through National Enterprise Towns and Awards and the digital platform Thinkbusiness.ie

Event Judges

David Bowles
Delta Partners VC

David Bowles joined Delta in 2012 where he focuses primarily on ICT opportunities in Ireland and the UK.

Following time at IBM and Merrill Lynch, David joined McKinsey & Company Consulting where he advised a wide range of clients including internet start ups, mobile phone operators and private equity firms.

After McKinsey, David joined the senior management team of ezetop as the Head of Online and Head of Product before leaving to advise a number of multi-nationals and start-up companies in the areas of online sales, technology and fund-raising.

David received a Masters in Business from Smurfit Business School, University College Dublin (2007) and a BA Mod in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin (2006).

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.

Daniel Ramamoorthy

DanRam is a catalyst, accelerating change as a serial entrepreneur, investor, advisor to the Irish government, life coach and recording artist.

Sarah O'Farrell
Community Manager at SaaStock

I'm building a global community of SaaS companies @SaaStock. In my spare time I curate StartupDigest Dublin, and I previously spent 5 years supporting startups at NDRC

Gavin Leech
Commerical Bank Manager at Bank of Ireland

Coaches and Mentors

Kareem Mostafa
Marketing Professional | Customer Experience at LinkedIn

Kareem is a Marketing professional specializing in word of mouth marketing, social selling, and online branding strategy. Lean startup practitioner and promoter passionate about challenging the status quo and embracing unorthodox solutions to everyday customer problems.

He completed a marketing dissertation in Word of Mouth and the triggers that make us talk and spread ideas on, and currently completing a masters in Digital Brand Management.

Over the last 3 years, his areas of experience are Content Marketing Strategy, Brand Awareness, Demand Generation, and Business Development.

Nubi Kay
User Ops at Stripe

Nubi Kay is User Ops at Stripe. Having had a spell as a startup founder in Nigeria, his passion for startups continues in Ireland where he has gone ahead to co-organize a number of Startup Weekends in Dublin as well as establish the Umbala Project with a focus to increase cultural inclusion in the Irish tech ecosystem. He's always ready to talk about entrepreneurship and all things digital.

Vesselina Tasheva
Director of Strategy, Enhancv.com | Founder of ShortBio.me | Serendipity Evangelist

With 7+ years of business and marketing strategy experience, Vessy has worked in an established corporation, a creative agency, a nimble startup and a buzzing accelerator. Each of those has been in as varying industries as software technology, digital health, venture capital, and digital advertising. Yet as diverse as they are, there has always been something she has stood true to that has helped her stay sane and be successful - building personal business relationships and communities while playing with serendipity.

Nicola O'Sullivan
Startup Enthusiast, Previously Co-Founder & COO of ExerWise

Nicola is currently working for Colmac Robotics one of Irelands top Ed-Tech companies teaching children about STEAM with the use of LEGO. She co-founded ExerWise in September 2015, a Hardware startup developing an activity tracker for children. ExerWise participated in a number of startup programmes from the BOI Startlab to the DCU Ryan Academy's Cross Border Mentorship Week and Startup Scaleup. Nicola has also participated in Startup Weekend Galway so knows what it takes to create a company in such a short period of time.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Dublin Student Startup Weekend 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

  • Cormac
  • Omar
  • Aamen
  • Daniel


Jernej Dekleva
Program Manager @ 360 Innovation Lab

Jernej (aka Jay) is an accelerator program manager at 360 Innovation Lab and currently based in Graz, Austria. Together with the team they help entrepreneurs scale future generation of tech companies.

He is from Slovenia and spend 7 years living in Copenhagen. After working at Y Combinator backed startup, he joined a healthcare and insurance accelerator as Program Manager in Switzerland.

He attended his first Startup Weekend in 2012 and he is an organizer and facilitator of Startup Weekend since 2014.

Jay was a lead organizer at Europe's first ever Startup Weekend Mega. A Startup Weekend with 4 tracks: Smart City&IoT, Healthcare, Media and Services running simultaneously at same venue over a weekend. By this date it's Europe's biggest Startup Weekend with 300+ attendees. 

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