Published on September 8th, 2015 | by Mick Brennan


Startup Gathering 2015 Programme Launched

The Startup Gathering 2015 programme of events was launched today by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, T.D together with Minister of State for Business and Employment, Ged Nash TD in NDRC, Digital Exchange, Dublin 8. Over 300 Startup Gatherings will take place in five cities across Ireland, making the 5 to 10 of October one of the biggest national startup weeks in the world. The aim of the Startup Gathering 2015 is to promote entrepreneurship and help develop world class regional startup hubs as well as highlighting Ireland’s startup sector to global entrepreneurs, investors and R&D teams.

Led by the not-for-profit organisation Startup Ireland, supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, with Bank of Ireland as sponsor and key Corporate partner, the 300 Startup Gathering 2015 events will take place across five days in Dublin, Waterford, and Cork, Limerick and Galway, with additional Startup Gathering programmes also taking place in Ireland North East and North West. Participants will have an opportunity to showcase their startups, discover the supports and services available to them, take part in networking opportunities and collaborate with other startups and established corporates.

Speaking at the launch of the Startup Gathering 2015 programme, Minister Bruton, said “As I have said before, we have great entrepreneurs in Ireland, we just don’t have enough of them. Two thirds of all new jobs across the economy are created by startups – that’s why it is so crucial that we get our policies on entrepreneurship right. We have put in place a startup plan aiming to create almost 100,000 extra jobs from startups over the coming years, and we have created new mentoring supports, new incubation spaces, new tax measures and a new competition to find Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur. The Startup Gathering is a major part of this plan, and the response to the initiative to date is more evidence of the huge potential that exists. I would encourage anyone with an interest in starting a business to get involved, and I look forward to meeting hundreds of our existing and future entrepreneurs at events across the country”.

Among the flagship events taking place during Startup Gathering Week: from Monday 5 to Friday 9 October, each of the five cities will host an Open Forum conference event, inviting the startup ecosystem to come together to discuss the big ideas that will turn their location into a startup hub.  These sessions will be facilitated by Oscar Ramirez of Startup Commons Global which specialises in online solution for governments to manage, measure and monitor startup ecosystems.

A sample of the events taking place during Startup Gathering 2015 week include:

Silicon Stroll 2015 @ the Marker Hotel, Dublin

Early stage entrepreneurs will engage with Tech Giants and Business Influencers at the “Current Trends and Future Insights” Conference in the Marker Hotel Dublin. Multinationals from the Internet, enterprise software and the ‘Internet of Things’ will deliver insights on where their industries are currently and where they may be in 3-5 or 10 years’ time. 

Smart Agri Food Business @ Garyvoe Hotel, Cork

This event will bring together farmers, producers, and restaurants to help them understand how their businesses connect, discover new opportunities for growing their business and creating jobs.

Funding and Innovative Supports for Start Ups and SMEs @ Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre, Limerick

This will bring together stakeholders in the Irish biotech/biopharma sector to determine the interest of industry in an open innovation funding  strategy and the  benefits to Ireland of this  this funding model which brings together an anchor large company client and a number of smaller companies ranging from startup to established.

Design Your Future@ Biosciences Building NUI Galway

This event promotes entrepreneurship as a career path to researchers at different stages of their career. The event provides an outstanding opportunity to help young scientists in their career development and offers them an interdisciplinary discussion forum within an exclusive circle.

Export Awareness Workshop @ The Garden Room, The Mall, Waterford

Organised by Enterprise Ireland this Startup Gathering will assist Startup companies and promoters who are considering developing an export market, with information on how to develop their export potential and providing business intelligence in the form of country, company, and market and sector information.

Bank of Ireland

Bank of Ireland will also run a dedicated programme of events across each City in support of the Startup Gathering.  A sample of the programme includes talks with leading sectorial and industry experts in Bank of Ireland branches in College Green, Grand Canal Square and Enterprise Lounge Grafton Street; a series of events in Waterford concluding with Pitch Night featuring titan of industry Dr. Michael O’Foghlu.  In Cork, Limerick and Galway, Bank of Ireland branches will host events including partnerships with IBEC for Speed Networking, Advice Clinics, Innovation and Your Business  (Patrick St, Cork) and Moving your Business from Startup to Growth (South Mall, Cork).

The full programme of events is available for download on the Startup Gathering 2015 app online at

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Michael Produced Irelands first Computer game and technology dedicated tv show called "Game On" for Channel 6 Ireland in 2006 and is the Founder of the website and also Michael has been working in the television industry for the past 16 years with the roles of Producer/ Director, Camera Operator and Editor.

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