Startup Weekend Gorey

    Friday, February 23 - 25, 2018

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Gorey

Friday, February 23 - 25, 2018

Friday, February 23 - 25, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

The Hatch Lab
M11 Business Park
Co.Wexford, Ireland

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Get ready for 54 hours of building awesome startups!

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.

The hardest part of starting up is starting out. At Startup Weekend, you'll be immersed in the ideal environment for startup magic to happen.

Surrounded by smart, passionate people and with the best tools and approaches at your disposal, you’ll take giant leaps toward creating a business, becoming a founder, and connecting with the right people and resources.
Sponsored by Bank of Ireland and The Hatch Lab

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
  • 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
  • and 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

What you get with your ticket

  • Access to the full weekend-long event
  • Opportunity to pitch your idea on Friday night
  • Access to specialist speakers
  • Mentoring by all-stars from the travel and startup communities
  • Tasty meals all weekend
  • Collaboration with awesome innovation professionals from throughout Ireland
  • All-star judge's panel led by startup and innovation leaders
  • Membership in the Startup Weekend Community (>200K alumni)
  • A process for taking any idea from concept to creation in a matter of days
  • 6 months premium account (worth €60+)
  • Free .co domain (worth €30+)
  • Free trial of Google Cloud Platform
  • Startup Weekend Gorey swag

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Friday February 23rd

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 February 24th

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 February 25th

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
After Party!


David Tighe
Head of Innovation in Bank of Ireland

Dave has spent 14 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 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 integration of fintech and innovative start-ups.

John O'Connor

Event Judges

Angela Duffy MBA PhD
Investor and Strategic Adviser

Venture investment leader with NDRC. Strategic adviser and business mentor. Product portfolio and business opportunity assessment specialist. Market analyst and tactician. Expert in identification of customer needs and insights. Skilled in external liaison, negotiation and stakeholder management. Programme manager, cross-functional and international team leader. Expert in innovation practices and new technology project management. Extremely well-traveled.

Sarita Johnston
Female Entrepreneurship Manager @ Enterprise Ireland

Sarita manages Enterprise Ireland’s key initiatives to support Female Entrepreneurs. These initiatives are part of a drive to boost the number of innovative, export-oriented businesses being set up and led by female entrepreneurs. Sarita has worked for Enterprise Ireland, most recently as Senior Development Advisor with the High Potential Start up Team. 

Liam Mullaney
CEO at eXpd8, ex CEO Sage Ireland & VersAccounts

A creative, innovative and results focused business leader with over 35 years’ experience in the Information Technology sector. Current position is CEO of eXpd8 Ltd., an Irish based company offering cloud based practice and case management software for legal firms worldwide.

In 2014 Liam joined the founders of VersAccounts as CEO Europe, VersAccounts is a new cloud ERP solution and Liam played a strategic role in getting investors on board and growing the business.

Prior to this Liam was CEO for Sage Ireland where he brought Sage from being an unknown brand in 2002 to being the dominant market leading business management Software Company in Ireland. During his 13 years tenure at Sage Liam acquired and integrated 4 companies.

Liam established Sage Technologies in 2002 originally as an intellectual property business. In subsequent years he transformed this from an R&D centre into a Global SageCRM business, headquartered in Dublin serving Sage Companies worldwide with CRM Cloud solution hosting centres in US and Europe. His passion for people and customers is the cornerstone of his successful leadership over many years.

Coaches and Mentors

Colin Keogh
Research Engineer - UCD (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.

Richard Murphy
Founder & CEO Zevo Health

Richard is the proud owner of one failed company and one that is growing rapidly. At 31 years of age Richard previously spent 8 years working as a Quantity Surveyor and Project Manager on projects valued at over $500 million in Australia before returning to Ireland in September 2014 to step on the entrepreneurial journey. His first business was MyMoodandMe, which won national acclaim, and this is where he won Wexford’s Best Young Entrepreneur in 2015 and was also successful on Dragons Den.

However, the technology built was not scalable and the branding was not quite right. He decided to return to the drawing board. MyMoodandMe was Richard’s best business lesson. Richard had €-4.67 in his bank account just before the launch of Zevo Health in September 2017 and is now proud to have a staff of 8 people and growing at a faster pace than ever imagined.

He has broken into the UK market already and see’s further expansion over there in the second quarter of 2018 Richard’s proudest thing about Zevo Health is that it is completed self-funded which will stand to him when raising seed rounds.

His skills is sales and building out a business on a lean model basis. 

Stephen Hogan
Managing Director - Savvy Apps

From working in the medical device industry for 13 years in a sales and management capacity, to now running his own business, he is a strong believer in being able to provide great value to clients no matter what the product or service is. It was for this reason that MFA made such an impression on him because they are a customer focused company with a product that provides tremendous value to the end users.

Stephen is very aware that business today is no longer 9 – 5 and in order to keep up with the demands of the clients, business’s need to be willing to adapt.

Jim Hughes
Chief Executive Officer


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Gorey 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


Organizing Team

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

  • John
  • Cormac
  • Sandra
  • Kirsty
  • Sarah Jane


Laura Katinaite
Innovation Operations Manager

Event Staff

Peter Cooney
Enterprise & Recruitment Manager

Upon returning home to Ireland after NZ Peter took a role  the Customer Advisor role in the Arklow branch. During this time he started completing the series of QFA exams to become more qualified in the entire area of banking. In July 2014 he was then transferred to the commercial branch of Enniscorthy which is a much busier and more business related branch which he enjoys. During his time at this branch he was the branch champion for recruitment of second level student accounts. He work closely with the Insurance & Investments Manager to achieve the annual targets for this area. His focus for 2016 is in the area of personal lending and credit cards and to actively manage that targets are being achieved on a monthly basis.

Kirsty Little

Sarah Jane Vincent
Freelance Digital Marketer


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