Startup Weekend Gorey, Co. Wexford

    Friday, March 1 - 3, 2019


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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Gorey, Co. Wexford

Friday, March 1 - 3, 2019



Friday, March 1 - 3, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

The Hatch Lab
M11 Business Park
Knockmullen
Gorey, Co. Wexford

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Your idea in 54 hours

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 tina@thehatchlab.ie 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!

ECONOMIC CHALLENGES

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?   

Brexit- challenges & opportunities:
  Post-Brexit scenarios for Ireland are constantly changing- can you turn Brexit into a business opportunity?   

The 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:  In 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 society?  

Financial Wellbeing:
  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

Digital Wellbeing:
  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.

Mental Wellbeing:
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’ report. Mental 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. 

Globalisation, Immigration & Integration:
  Attitudes 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.
 

ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES

Climate Change:
  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. 

Loss of Biodiversity:
  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.

Air Pollution:
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. 

Water:
  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.  

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday March 1st


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


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


7:30 pm
Welcome & Talk by Rory O'Connor
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders. Rory O'Connor, CEO of Scurri, will offer a short talk.


7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


9:00 pm
Voting
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 March 2nd


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Colin Keogh
Presentation on Lean Business Canvas


10:00 am
Begin Work
Teams get to work on their ideas


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help


1:15 pm
Colm Byrne
Introduction to Google Design Sprint


1:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


6:30 pm
Dinner


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday March 3rd


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Andrew Keogh
'How to tell your business story' - How to pitch for sales and investment- by Andrew Keogh


10:00 am
Pitch Practice
Teams create their pitches with help from Andrew Keogh and mentors


12:00 pm
Lunch


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


5:30 pm
Dinner


6:30 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


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.


Colm Byrne
CEO of the Ladder

Colm Byrne is founder of The Ladder, the Global Goals accelerator built on the idea that we can mobilise the public to solve global problems, locally.
Previously he has founded start-ups including a successful business for a public company, and built products for Apple, JP Morgan and many others.
Central to his approach is creative validation: taking good ideas, removing key risks and getting the best path to market. He is an experienced design sprint facilitator, product manager and coder, skills he uses to bring the right products to life. 
Follow Colm @theladderio


Rory O'Connor
CEO

Rory O' Connor, is the founder and CEO of Scurri. Since launch Rory has focused on building and leading an impressive team of highly experienced technologists and advisors. Rory has won significant investment for the software business, raising over €7 million investment from private individuals, business angel investors and Enterprise Ireland.    Prior to founding Scurri in 2010, he worked in various roles in Waterford Wedgwood, in sales, marketing and strategic project roles including being part of the team that delivered a €10m SAP implementation.   Rory subsequently worked as a change management consultant with clients such as Heineken, Intel, Ogilvy and Siemens and as a project manager with AOL broadband. Rory has a number of business qualification including holding an MBA from Henley Management College.

Event Judges


Aidan Shine
CEO - South East Business & Innovation Centre

Aidan has brought a wealth of experience to the South East BIC, having worked in Japan and Ireland in group consolidations and as factory accountant. As CEO of the BIC, he brings extensive knowledge and experience in assisting start-ups ups and growth businesses across the Southeast region. An MBA, Aidan has special interest in areas such as business modelling and strategic development. He also prepares start-ups for investment as Regional Co-ordinator of the Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN).


Angela Duffy MBA PhD
Investor and Strategic Adviser

Angela is a venture investment lead at NDRC, Ireland’s No. 1 accelerator, where she acts as an investor, strategic adviser and business mentor to new ventures.

Angela started her own market research consultancy after gaining years of experience in the corporate world. In the US she worked as a global marketing manager for Medtronic, and in Ireland lead innovation activities for the company. She held academic positions in both the National University of Ireland and the Royal College of Surgeons. She has PhD in clinical pharmacology, an MBA and diploma in digital marketing. She is a business opportunity specialist, an expert in identification of customer needs and insights, innovation practices and new technology project management.

Angela loves to travel, doesn’t drink black tea, and chills out by life drawing.


Aideen O'Hora
Co-founder, Sustainability Works

Aideen believes that the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient and circular economy requires everyone to do their part, and has more than 20 years experience working in the public and private sectors developing and delivering pioneering sustainability programmes to make that happen. Aideen is a co-founder of SustainabilityWorks, a multi-disciplinary consulting firm, driven by the optimism that  the development of a low-carbon, resource efficient and circular economy is an economic opportunity for Ireland, for Irish citizens and for Irish businesses.   Aideen has a wealth of experience in climate-aligned innovation, first as CEO of The Green Way (Dublin’s cleantech cluster) and as a cofounder of Sustainable Nation Ireland, where both organisations were delivery partners for Climate KIC in Ireland. Climate KIC is Europe’s main climate-innovation platform, and in delivering their Accelerator and ClimateLaunchpad programmes Aideen has supported >100 innovators and businesses to grow and scale their climate-aligned businesses. Prior to this Aideen was a Programme Manager with the Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI) and developed their highly successful Sustainable Energy Communities (SEC) programme, which now has over 250 Irish communities playing their part in creating a low carbon Ireland. Before joining SEAI, Aideen worked for Abbott Laboratories providing strategic sustainability support to 18 European facilities across eight countries, spanning multiple divisions, including pharmaceutical, nutritional and diagnostic. Aideen holds a Masters in Integrated Environmental Management (University of Bath), and a BSc in Environmental Science & Technology (Sligo IT).


Rory O'Connor
CEO

Rory O' Connor, is the founder and CEO of Scurri. Since launch Rory has focused on building and leading an impressive team of highly experienced technologists and advisors. Rory has won significant investment for the software business, raising over €7 million investment from private individuals, business angel investors and Enterprise Ireland.    Prior to founding Scurri in 2010, he worked in various roles in Waterford Wedgwood, in sales, marketing and strategic project roles including being part of the team that delivered a €10m SAP implementation.   Rory subsequently worked as a change management consultant with clients such as Heineken, Intel, Ogilvy and Siemens and as a project manager with AOL broadband. Rory has a number of business qualification including holding an MBA from Henley Management College.


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.


Michael O'Gorman
Business Mentor & Consultant

Michael is an experienced Director of Development with a demonstrated history of working across diverse industries. Skilled in Strategy Development, Negotiation, Operations Management,  Training & Development, Entrepreneurship and Professional Mentoring. Strong community and social services professional with a MBA  and Post-Grad certificate in Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching from Teesside University.


David Pollard
Innovation Pioneer @ Rehab Group

Forbes have highlighted David's work in inclusion and accessibility in business as the Innovation Manager at Rehab Group. He is a Institute of the Future Fellow with an MA Learning & Teaching. Founder of Learning Tech Labs and CodED Club. Organiser of Startup Week Dublin, 5 Startup Weekends, DigCit Summit & Hack Access Dublin.


Szilvia Szabo
CEO of The Impacter

With over 10 years of professional experience in value-driven entrepreneurship, climate-innovation and communication I co-founded The Impacter 4 years ago. We invest in and manage programmes to accelerate the implementation of Responsible Innovation practices in business and policy. One of our flagship projects is the annual international Responsible Innovation Summit conference in Dublin which we started in 2017. Here we bring together leaders from different sectors to cross-pollinate ideas, network and learn about Responsible Innovation and Investments. We launched the Business SPIRIT Award in collaboration with Dublin City Council in 2018 which seeks to celebrate innovators who are creating “Profit with Purpose” by embedding social and environmental values in their core business model.  I’m involved with various research and training programmes related to sustainable business and policy development. I hold an MSc as an Agricultural Engineer and an MBA in Marketing Strategy. I strongly believe that the next generation of products/services needs to be profitable, environmentally sustainable and socially desirable at the same time.


Catherine Duggan
Mentor/ Business Coach

Catherine trains, mentors and coaches individuals in the start-up sector. She has volunteered in several National Digital Research Centre (NDRC) pre-accelerator programmes and other Start-Up Weekends.   She is passionate about startups and loves to hear about new business ideas and solutions to problems that can make a difference in people’s lives. Together with her experience, strong skillbase and knowledge of the tools that can help entrepreneurs, she guides them through the complex process of bringing their vision to life.   She believes it’s important to listen carefully and encourage entrepreneurs to test their ideas first by talking to customers which helps to validate their proposed solution.  Good communication skills, as well as empathy and honesty go a long way to developing viable business ideas.   Currently Catherine can be found giving courses on Entrepreneurship and Startups in conjunction with the WorkMatters initiative in Gorey and Wexford Town Libraries. She is also a mentor on the LEO Wexford panel and a trainer on the Wexford Local Development panel. Her other main areas of interest are in the digital and new technologies areas.   You can contact her on her website CollaborateTogether, or follower her on Twitter: @CD_Dublin.


Colm Byrne
CEO of the Ladder

Colm Byrne is founder of The Ladder, the Global Goals accelerator built on the idea that we can mobilise the public to solve global problems, locally.
Previously he has founded start-ups including a successful business for a public company, and built products for Apple, JP Morgan and many others.
Central to his approach is creative validation: taking good ideas, removing key risks and getting the best path to market. He is an experienced design sprint facilitator, product manager and coder, skills he uses to bring the right products to life. 
Follow Colm @theladderio


The Ladder
Social Impact Accelerator

The Ladder is a team of highly skilled professionals who help Businesses, Government Organisations, Social Enterprises and Non-Profits to solve challenges and maximise impact using the Google Design Sprint method.

The Ladder will work with teams at Startup Weekend Gorey to refine their idea and product-market fit to maximise impact & success.



Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Gorey, Co. Wexford 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

  • Emer
    Cooney
  • John
    O'Connor
  • Tina
    Coleman
  • Orla
    O'Donnell

Facilitators


Sean Paul
Program Manager at CoPilot Ipark Tech Startup Accelerator, Norway

Sean Paul Shanor is a Norwegian American entrepreneur, facilitator,
coach, and speaker with a drive to connect, enable, and inspire
individuals to fuel their passion, build startups, and empower others with the right tools and ecosystem support to succeed. He is a techgeek, jackof-all-digital-analog-trades entrepreneur that has learned how to piece together startups at low cost, high impact, and by facilitating key partnerships to leverage assets any team needs.

Event Staff


Tina Coleman
Welcome Advisor at the Hatch Lab

Tina is the welcome adviser and administrator at the Hatch Lab. She has worked for Bank of Ireland for the last two years and has a huge amount of experience in customer service.Tina has recently finished her Business degree which she specialized in business management.


Orla O'Donnell
Business Development Consultant

Orla is an internationally experienced business development consultant and founder of Alverna Marketing, a business development agency helping startups and tech companies generate sales, enter new markets and increase revenues. Orla works in partnership with clients to help them define their sales process and marketing message while adding real value through sales qualified leads. https://bit.ly/2EDybcr


Emer Cooney
Enterprise & Innovation Community Manager, Bank of Ireland

Emer is an Environmental Biologist, Science Communicator, and Entrepreneur.  After working in freshwater policy analysis in Trinity College following her Msc. Degree, Emer trained in broadcast-quality video production and worked with RPS Consulting’s communications team, and on RTE’s long-running Eco Eye series. Emer then worked independently to produce videos for Environmental NGOs, and simultaneously developed her award-winning IoT animal health product, Hydrasure.  Emer subsequently joined AquaTT as a science communicator and knowledge transfer officer on innovation-led H2020-funded projects relating to marine and aquaculture sciences, as well as developing ocean literacy education & outreach activities as part of the ‘Sea Change’ project: www.seachange.eu.  Emer has recently joined Bank of Ireland and helps start-ups via her role as Enterprise & Innovation Community Manager for the Leinster region.



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.


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