Startup Weekend Limerick

    Friday, April 10 - 12, 2015

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  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Limerick

Friday, April 10 - 12, 2015

Friday, April 10 - 12, 2015
Event starts at 6:20 pm

University of Limerick
Computer Science Building
University of Limerick
Limerick, Limerick ----

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Learn, Build, Validate and Repeat.

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. You can view this video to see how it works.

Startup Weekend is the most accessible, low risk and effective environment for building teams, validating ideas, and learning the first steps to launching a business through experiential education.  Instead of us telling teams that their idea has been done before, we try channeling their passion for a particular problem/solution and use that energy to get them to follow a process that will create solid execution.

Startup Weekend Limerick is full of energy, innovation, creativity and execution. Join us and see have you "The Idea".


Friday April 10th

6:20 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

7:15 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 11th

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 12th

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!


Martina Skelly
CEO and Co-Founder

Martina is CEO and Co Founder of YellowSchedule. Yellowschedule drives efficiencies in Therapists schedules by enabling patient self-scheduling, reducing no shows and reducing administration. Customers increase their billable hours by an average of 22%. Winner of the Vodafone Startup Awards Women in Business 2013, Martina is mum to 3, a keen cook, a medium runner and a bad gardener

Event Judges

Shane McAllister
Co-Founder and CEO - MobaNode

Nicola Byrne

Founded 11890 Directory Enquiries in 2006, having previously founded Stenics Media 1998 which primarily sold Advertising for Eircom Telephone Kiosks. In 2012 we innovated to create Cloud90 which is now a company providing a globally unique digital data service to Banks, Blue Chip Corporates, Big 4 accountancy firms and many semi state companies. 

Board member of the Ireland US Council, Board Member Irish Exporters Association, Board Member New Childrens Group Hospital Board, Board Member British Irish Chamber of Commerce 2012-2014 currently board observer, Member Fingal County Enterprise Evaluation Board (LEO), an Ambassador in Europe for Female Entrepreneurship, Member of DCU Ryan Academy For Entrepreneurship Advisory Board 2012-2014 and Chairperson of the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards 2011/12

David O'Flynn
CEO and Founder

David is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tolisons Private Equity.He is a founding member of the Irish chapter of the Entrepreneur’s Organisation, CEO and Co-Founder of WhatSalon and currently serves as the Governor of the University of Limerick, as well as holding a number of Directorship positions in Tolisons’ portfolio companies. 
David’s personal business successes have been built on a strong understanding of national and international legislative regimes, his ability to identify and engage with new business opportunities and his drive to successfully deliver predetermined business objectives. 
Following legal training, David trained and worked as a tax consultant with the FDC Group, one of the largest accountancy firms in the country. Here he specialised in advising private clients as well as Irish based companies in relation to: purchase and sale of businesses, passing assets to family members, estate planning and providing personal tax and wealth management advice to high net worth individuals. 
David trained as an apprentice solicitor with Nagle & Co. in Cork. He has wide experience in land use, planning and environmental law. In particular, he has acted as external consultant to many major organisations within the extractive industry.He graduated from University College Cork with an Honours Law Degree. Subsequently he completed a Masters Degree in Law.

Michael O'Meara
Premier Bank Of Ireland Advisor South West Region

Coaches and Mentors

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.

Ronan Skehill
Co-Founder and CEO - Cauwill

Ronan is a co-founder of Cauwill Technologies, a Limerick based independent software vendor, which provide enterprise-grade SaaS applications that capture and analyse customer sentiment. 
Within Cauwill Ronan is commercially focused but has a strong technology background. Cauwill were Intertrade Ireland Seedcorn winners and pitched in LeWeb as one of 16 top European startups. 

Gillian Barry
Head of Innovation & Enterprise, LIT

Gillian is head of the Innovation & Enterprise Office whose mission is to deliver high quality support for aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators at the early stages of their startup journey in order to maximise the opportunity for venture success. LIT have the largest portfolio of enterprise, incubation and acceleration centres in Ireland with 7 centres across Limerick and Tipperary.  They have a highly successful RD&I function to support growing companies as well as startups who can scale, have 2 seed funds and run Enterprise Ireland’s National Entrepreneur Development Programme for emerging High Potential Startups called New Frontiers

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.

David Quaid

David Quaid is a serial entrepreneur who set up his first web business in 1995. He specialises in digital marketing and has worked for companies like Microsoft, DELL, CPL, Irish Ferries, Sage and Intel.

He is now the Inbound Marketing Director for KEMP technologies which just joined the Deloitte Fastest 500 growing companies. Talk to David about marketing, USP/VP, analytics, architecture, business models. Or cars.

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.

Andrew Mullaney

Andrew Mullaney is NewsWhip's co-founder and CTO.

He brings almost 10 years of industry leading technical expertise to his role as technical mentor for Startup Weekend Limerick.

As CTO of Newswhip, he handles all of NewsWhip's build and technical architecture.Before NewsWhip, Andrew founded EasyDeals, a deals platform, and worked as a consultant with Accenture. He developed and scaled NewsWhip's technology in a Herculean multi-month solo run in 2011. Andrew is a graduate of University College Dublin, with degrees in computer engineering and management science.

He will be a huge asset to teams participating in Startup Weekend as few understand the blood sweat and tears of building a technology stack on a tight time-line quite as well as Andrew.

Rachel Leonard
Business Advisor

Rachel Leonard is a one of the most senior business advisers in the country. Rachel is very know in Limerick and is based in Bank of Ireland 125 O’Connell Street Limerick. Rachel has a vast array of experience with business’s including providing financial support and advice to all levels of companies/sole traders and start ups. 

Diane Nevin
Founder of Health Evident

Strong experience in sales,marketing & project manager with a proven record of accomplishment in leading large teams, planning and leading comprehensive sales, marketing and operational strategies in support of business goals and objectives. Management experience also in digital product management, growth hacking, technical project management, responsive design, web, mobile development and agile/scrum methodology. 

Helen Cousins
Corporate Finance Advisor

Helen’s company, Helen Cousins and Associates, provides a funding advisory service for tech companies. We help companies to navigate to term sheet and beyond, not just to get the best deal but to get the best terms. We also provide a low cost early stage funding advisory service to help companies bootstrap and access supports from sources such as Enterprise Ireland or Local Enterprise Offices. Helen is a chartered accountant by profession with over 30 year’s experience in accessing finance. She can be found lurking on twitter at @_helencousins

Robert Byrne
Sales & Project Management

Robert has 20 years' experience in Sales and Project management. Robert project managed the first European Airline On-board/Online catalogue for Ryanair under the brand name BuyAsYouFly. At the time of the launch the service was available to over 40 million customers.
Subsequent to this, Robert launched the European Discovery Channel Online store and managed their product sourcing and customer support.
Robert has a diploma in Accounting and Project management

Nubi Kay
User Ops at Stripe

Nubi Kay is User Ops at Stripe. Having had a spell as a startup founder in Nigeria, his passion for startups continues in Ireland where he has gone ahead to co-organize a number of Startup Weekends in Dublin as well as establish the Umbala Project with a focus to increase cultural inclusion in the Irish tech ecosystem. He's always ready to talk about entrepreneurship and all things digital.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Limerick 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

Bank of Ireland are Startup Limericks Premium sponsor

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Organizing Team

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

  • Keith
  • Shane
  • Stephen
  • Kieran
  • Maree
  • Peter
  • Aislinn
  • Gert
  • Mark
  • Nubi


Andrei Munteanu
Community wizard

Tech savvy traveler, Startup Weekend Global Facilitator and running all the place. 
Organizing startup events within the community in the past 5 years, co-ordinating volunteers and making sure the community gets their dose of Startup & Tech events on a regular basis. Co-founder of Cowork Timisoara, Startup Survivor true believer, Community Manager at FintechCamp and always on the lookout for a good espressoh. 

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