Startup Weekend Gorey

    Friday, February 23 - 25, 2018

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  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 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

John O'Connor
CEO at The Hatch Lab

John has 15 years experience in a fast paced Wholesale business. He used this experience in his work in Uganda as a Business Development Adviser for Makerere University Business School and for Waterford Institute of Technology in Education Management. His current position as Chief Executive Officer of the Hatch Lab and Centre manager of Enniscorthy Enterprise & Technology Centre is a blend of Business Development, Project Management and Commercial Management.

His skills, knowledge and experience in entrepreneurship has put him in the ideal position to help individuals with business ideas and how to turn them into commercial ventures.

Specialties: Corporate Secretary, Financial management, Business start up and supporting businesses in getting their product/services to the marketplace.

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
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.

Roisin Markham
Director innovation and Growth @ BDT Consultancy Ltd @

Roisin Markham has a background in digital and tech, arts, education, financial services, community and public sector from start ups to HPSU, not for profit organisations and multinationals. BDT Consultancy is an organisational advisory and program management service specialising in research and strategy, digital transformation, BOI and service design and organisational change. Recent work includes bringing a start up operational, building a virtual project team, national research on mental health, digital transformation, public sector knowledge management and cultural change, design thinking education and innovation as a service. Prior to 2016 Roisin had a portfolio career as a management consultant and professional artist with a studio and social research practice in communities, education, organisations and professional networks. In 2013 she founded Coderdojo Gorey to put Gorey on the digital map and raise awareness about digital inclusion. Her interests include sea swimming, human centred design, STEAM & creativity for all, diversity and inclusion, VR & AR, govtech and service design, digital trust. Her motto is live local work global.  

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. 

Ed Fidgeon-Kavanagh
Chief Presentationist, Clearpreso

Ed is a pitch consultant who has helped startup clients raise over $20 Million in funding.

He helps his clients to deliver winning presentations that replace the usual “death by powerpoint” style of presentation with one that is simple, clear and engaging.

Having come from a business background he approaches presentations from both a business-sense as well as design standpoint, knowing that for a winning pitch both aspects need to be well thought out.

Siobhan Fitzpatrick
Career Transition Coach

As Director of the Women in Business Network (WIBN) Ireland, I’m working to establish groups across the country. WIBN Ireland connects women in business to help them expand and increase their business return.

We have a growing community of B2B and B2C businesses from sole traders to corporates and a clear strategic plan to establish new groups right across the Republic of Ireland. 

Passionate about helping businesses connect and grow in a supportive and empowering environment, WIBN encourages growth through collaboration and the sharing of business contacts and opportunities.

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.

Sandra Berger O'Brien
Change Management Leadership Consultant @ Teambuilder Hub

Sandra is an Oxford University Graduate with a Post Graduate Diploma in Finance and Strategy, ACCA qualified with an undergrad in Finance and Accounting. Amongst other roles Sandra has worked with Credit Suisse as VP of Strategy and Chief of Staff as well as TMF Group in Private Equity. Sandra's past projects involved: Strategy development - Organisational design - Teambuilding workshops - Keynotes at offsites - Leadership training - Change management - HBDI profiles  

Jim Hughes
Chief Executive Officer @ INNOVATE

INNOVATE is a leading Irish company that enhances the output of people and organisations that require forward-thinking technology.

In 2005, fellow executive Enda Cahill and I founded INNOVATE. We carved out a vision of using cutting-edge technology to engage with the needs of our clients.

Aidan Darcy
Head of Business Division at Virgin Media

A commercially driven and strategic innovator with particular experience in B2B markets. Delivered significant growth year on year through leveraging existing capabilities and by creating new sustainable revenue streams.

Les James
Web Developer Ecommerce & CMS Specialist at WebArt

Designing and developing websites since 1996 for my own business interests and in recent years for clients of WebArt. With over 30 years experience in managing my own retail and wholesale business' including 4 eCommerce sites, I know exactly how important an online presence is to any size of business. I develop projects in HTML, PHP, MySQL using a combination of open source software and custom builds.

Lisa Stacey

Passionate about technology and business, entrepreneur, founder and owner of WebArt Ltd Web Design Agency with offices in Cork, Gorey, Co. Wexford and Blackrock, Co. Dublin also founder of online ecommerce business Web Designer, Web Developer, networker and innovator. In business since 2009 after 15 years in IT support for UCC & HSE. Love family, outdoors, technology and business, I love what I do and am passionate about both business and technology and love helping businesses build their online presence by building quality Search Engine Optimised websites, Content Management Systems, Blogs, Ecommerce and custom build online solution. I am dedicated to customer satisfaction and providing a professional quality service and building lasting relationships with my clients.
Currently using technologies such as XHTML, CSS, JS, JQuery, AJAX, EXT JS, PHP, Mysql, I custom develop sites from the ground up as well customising Open Source web software such as Joomla, Wordpress,Moodle, Open Cart, Magento etc. I also work with clients on SEO, Online Marketing and Social Marketing. With a strong Server and Computer Systems Support background in both Windows and Linux systems currently using Linux Servers for WebArt's Web Development and Hosting.

Alex Kendall

Enda Cahill

Enda, as co-founder and CTO of INNOVATE has established, and continues to drive, the technological vision for INNOVATE. He has a unique ability to distil complex business issues and design optimum technology solutions in a pragmatic way for INNOVATE customers. His exceptional technological expertise has been recognised internationally. Enda ensures that the technical team share his approach to the transformative powers of IT, and are equipped to solve complex business problems with the right technology solutions.

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.

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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

Kirsty Little is the Hatch Lab Administrator and Welcome committee in one. She has worked for Bank of Ireland the last few years and has gained huge experience in customer relationships.

Sarah Jane Vincent
CEO at Miss Content Creative

Sarah Jane is the CEO of Miss Content Creative, a Digital Marketing agency based in the South East. 

She has extensive experience working alongside various well renowned organisations including Sky Television, Mercedes-Benz, University College Dublin, Dublin Business School and Peter Jones Academy - Dragons Den. 

She has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in a variety of key areas including education, project management, business management,  tech innovation and social media.

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