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.
In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. 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.
Startup Weekend Gorey is sponsored by Bank of Ireland, Wexford LEO and the Hatch Lab
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.
Who is Startup Weekend Gorey for?
The format allows for people of all backgrounds to take part and contribute! In fact the more diversity the better the ideas!
- Aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs
- SMEs who would like to innovate or pivot with a new product or service
- Developers and other tech-related professionals
- Designers of all types
- Non-technical talent (i.e. business, sales, finance, legal, tourism etc.)
- Students from universities and even schools
- Professionals looking to switch careers or build new skills
- Passionate visionaries
- Lifelong learners
Startup Weekend is your chance to learn how to put your idea into action within a matter of days! Whether you are looking to...
- Get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship
- Learn the process of going from concept to creation
- Meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in Kilkenny, Ireland
- Join or build an all-star team
- Make meaningful connections and become part of a global community
- Learn and practice new skills to take back to your job or beef up your resume
Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
- Access to the full weekend-long event
- Accommodation (email email@example.com if you need accommodation)
- Opportunity to pitch your idea on Friday night
- Access to specialist speakers
- Mentoring by all-stars from startup community
- 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
- Benefits and discounts from our global partners
- A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
- All the internet and coffee you can consume.
- Startup Weekend Gorey Swag
This event is open to ANYONE with ANY business idea. If you don't have an idea, why not come along and join a team, and/ or help to find an entrepreneurial solution for any of the local and global challenges listed below? It's going to be a great weekend!
The Future of Retail:
Online shopping has been hugely disruptive to
the retail sector. To keep pace with the
digital shopping revolution, retailers in Gorey and beyond need to be adaptive
and merge online and offline shopping experiences, and personalise these to the
ever-changing needs and preferences of their customers. How can we create retail
business districts and great shopping experiences that are accessible and
economically viable and serve the needs of locals into the future? Traceability, sustainability and ethics are
also key challenges for retailers- what new solutions can help?
challenges & opportunities:
Post-Brexit scenarios for Ireland are constantly changing- can you turn
Brexit into a business opportunity?
future of commuter towns and villages:
Over 1,200 people commute from Wexford to Dublin each day for work. This results in traffic congestion, air
pollution, and redirects spending away from the local economy. Commuter culture can erode the societal
fabric of towns. How can the talent,
energy and spending power of commuters be redirected locally to maintain a
vibrant and healthy town and community? Access to clean & renewable energy:
Gorey, and across Ireland, there is also an urgent need for affordable and
energy-efficient housing and work spaces to meet Government targets. The first passive house architectural
training centre is being built in Enniscorthy to support this need. What
business solutions can help house owners afford the cost of energy upgrades and
retrofits that are needed? Citizens also need access to clean and
renewable energy and transport. Ireland has committed to ensure that by 2020, 16%
of our energy requirements will be generated from renewable sources. The initial cost of purchasing solar panels
or other technologies can be a barrier to adoption. What business models can make renewable
energy affordable to everyone? What
solutions can make clean transport accessible and affordable to wider
This is defined as having
financial resilience and financial freedom of choice in the present and
future. What disruptive solutions might
help to bring individuals and societies to make better financial decisions and
ultimately improve their financial resilience?
SOCIETY: WELLBEING & PEOPLE
The excessive use of the
smartphone can lead to eyesight problems and have a negative impact on
attention, memory and cognitive performance.
Also, an over-dependence on social media can result in psychological
problems, e.g. ‘FOMO’ (Fear Of Missing Out).
Modern-day jobs are also desk-based and rely on long sedentary hours in
front of a computer screen, which can cause health problems such as weight
gain, posture and eyesight problems and poor cardiovascular health.
Ireland has one of the highest rates of mental health illness in
Europe, ranking joint third out of 36 countries surveyed in the annual ‘Health at a glance’
health problems cost the Irish economy over €8.2 bn a year. Rates of depression in Ireland are higher
than the EU average. In Europe, one in
six people (84 million) suffered from a mental health issue in 2016. Loneliness
has recently been reported as being as toxic to the human body as smoking and
is increasing in prevalence.
Immigration & Integration:
towards immigration became more negative in the recession according to the ESRI,
and are now worse than the western European average. This may be exacerbated by Brexit.
Climate change adds a great
deal of stress to our societies and the environment. From shifting weather patterns that threaten
food production and transport, to rising sea levels that increase the risk of
flooding, the impacts of climate change are global in scope, and unprecedented
in scale. Without action today, adapting
to these impacts in the future will be more difficult and costly. With the urgent need for innovative solutions,
this is the greatest challenge and business opportunity of our time.
Biodiversity is the
resource upon which families, communities, nations and future generations
depend. The monetary value of ecosystem
services is estimated at $33 Tn per annum.
Because of over-exploitation, we have lost approx. 60% of global biodiversity
since 1970, and this loss is projected to continue.
This is a global environmental problem that directly causes
health issues to humans and animals, and can contaminate soil, water and food. Approx. 1,200 people in Ireland die prematurely
from illnesses which are attributable to air pollution. A report issued by the EPA in 2018 showed
that in 2016, emissions of three of the most noxious air pollutants increased,
and that Ireland had for the first time exceeded the EU emission limits for
ammonia. The agricultural sector
accounts for 99% of ammonia emissions in Ireland, which increased as a result
of expansion of the beef and dairy herd.
There has been a steady decline in water
quality in Irish rivers over the past 30 years, resulting from intensified
pressures from agricultural fertilisers, sewage, industrial waste water, and
household pollutants such as plastics, microbeads and litter. Many private wells are unregistered and
untested, and the EPA stated that over 1m Irish people are at risk from poor
quality well water- including wells servicing creches and hotels. Contaminated well water is one of the largest
causes of hospital admissions each year, and towns and villages across Ireland
are regularly issued with boil water or no-drink notices as their supplies are
contaminated. Freshwater pollutants
eventually make their way to the sea, resulting in widespread marine pollution.