Startup Weekend Galway

    Friday, March 31 - April 2, 2017

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Galway

Friday, March 31 - April 2, 2017

Friday, March 31 - April 2, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

19 Eyre Square
Galway, Ireland

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Refund Policy: 
No refunds will be granted within 7 days of the event if food and drink have already been ordered. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

About Startup Weekend: Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.
Terms of Participation Agreement: It is our job to provide you with an incredible networking and learning opportunity. Our intention is that you meet some amazing people that you might actually start a company with, build relationships with coaches, and learn from your peers. The event is intended to be a collaborative forum for sharing, learning, building, and having fun. As such, by registering as a participant, you acknowledge that any ideas shared by you or anyone else over the course of the event are contributions to the overall experience and community. If you as a participant are worried about someone stealing your ideas, please reconsider your participation in the event itself or simply refrain from sharing specifics about your idea.

As a member of your startup community, you agree to to be inclusive of any and all people and their ideas. You agree to act professionally, treat everyone with respect, and treat the event facilities with proper care. You agree that you are responsible for any accidents or damages that you cause. You also agree to not hold Startup Weekend, your local volunteer team, or any of the event supporters liable for any loss, damage, injury, or any other unforeseeable incident.By Participating at the event, you grant Startup Weekend permission to capture photo/video of the event. You can find the exact legal terms on our FAQ Page but to summarise, we want to share your success with the world.

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Friday March 31st

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

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 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

10:00 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. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday April 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
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 April 2nd

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

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

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

David Scanlon
Venture Investment Lead @ NDRC

David educates, inspires, and connects the Dublin ecosystem with Startup Grind. As an NDRC Venture Investment Lead, David sources, engages, guides and enables teams to transform the best ideas into globally scalable businesses. David is an experienced executive, with a career spanning software engineering, and public and private sector trade development.

Breda Fox
Head, Galway Local Enterprise Office

Breda Fox is the Head of Enterprise (previously CEO) at the Galway Local Enterprise Office (previously Galway County & City Enterprise Board) since 2010. Since that time, she has been the driving force and energy of the organisation, consistently steering a client-focused service where startups and small businesses are encouraged to come for help, assistance and guidance. Breda brings a wealth of experience from both entrepreneurial and multinational businesses in the private sector, including her roles as European Supply Chain Director for Transitions Optical, and as Director of The Point (now the 3Arena). She was also one of the youngest people ever appointed to a state board, serving as a Non-Executive Director of An Post for five years.

Brian Carey
Head of Bank of Ireland Galway City

Coaches and Mentors

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

John Breslin
Senior Lecturer, NUI Galway

John Breslin is a Senior Lecturer in the College of Engineering and Informatics. He is also known for co-founding, Ireland's largest online community, as well as popular classified ads site He is an advisor to a variety of tech companies and has a PhD and BE in Electronic Engineering from NUI Galway.

Niall McEvoy
‎Head of Innovation at Institute of Technology Sligo

Declan Droney
Founder, Kinvara Smoked Salmon

Declan Droney is an experienced entrepreneur, business consultant and business mentor. He is the founder of one of Ireland’s most distinctive, artisan food companies, Kinvara Smoked Salmon Ltd. The company exports to the US, Hong Kong and Japan and also operates a worldwide mail-order business through its website. He is also a Business Mentor with the Galway Local Enterprise Office, the Mayo Local Enterprise Office, SCCUL and Enterprise Ireland. He is also a lecturer to the UCD Innovation Academy and on the New Frontiers programme at GMIT.

John Peavoy
VP of Sales & Commercial Development

John has over 15 years experience selling new business for technically demanding and/or complex business solutions to blue-chip global OEM customers. Exceptional at defining and executing sales strategies, developing strong, high-level relationships, identifying business opportunities, building consensus internally and closing sales opportunities. John has proven himself as excellent at managing at all levels within an organization, including working with corporate management and boards.

Donncha Hughes
Trainer, Mentor and Business Advisor

Donncha Hughes specialises in working with technology and professional services SMEs and startups, providing mentoring, hands-on consultancy, and training to help promoters to grow their businesses. He holds a Masters in Marketing from NUI Galway, and has worked with a number of strategic partners including Bridgewater Management, Brian O'Kane, Activate Marketing, Stateside Solutions, Synergy BDS and SMART Marketing. In addition, he is the curator of Startup Digest Galway, the events list created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs.

Paul Flynn

Dr. Paul Flynn has 18 years experience working in design for solution environments and is focused on developing methodologically sound and pedagogically robust processes to support entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial environments.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

  • James
  • Graham
  • Tracey
  • Mark
  • Keith
  • Ashlee
  • Ciara
  • Roisin
  • Alan


Simone Demelas
CEO of

Sardinian, currently based in Rome. Degree in Natural Sciences, GIS and Satellite Remote Sensing expert, after working as GIS analyst decides to begin to understand how business works and was amazed by the startup universe. It all started in 2013 with the participation at Startup Weekend Cagliari, from there he fell into the black hole, participating in a lot of startupsweekend and working on his own projects. He is currently CEO of ARMNet, a company that deals with integrating augmented reality to the management of infrastructure networks. Passionate about technology in every aspect, music, fitness, new trends. Crossfit addited but also good food addicted, house music hard listener. There is always a different way to see things and solve problems and there is a song everything.

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