Startup Gathering app at www.startupgathering.ie Add a Startup Gathering Twibbon to your Twitter account http://twibbon.com/support startupgathering2015 Share your Startup Gathering news stories by using the hashtag #startupIRL or posting here bit.ly/SGStories and we’ll help get your message out “At stake is nothing less than the economic future of our towns, cities and regions.” BRAD FELD, Author of ‘Startup Communities’ 2015 Welcome to STARTUP GATHERING
about uniting communities in towns, cities and regions across the country behind their local startups. To help more people to start, scale and succeed from Ireland the Startup Gathering focuses in one week (October 5th-10th) over 350 events nationally. These events, programmes and initiatives help create opportunities for startups to collaborate and develop new relationships with the key partners they need to accelerate their growth in Ireland. These partners include enterprise agencies, investors, large corporates, the banking sector, service providers, research centres and many others. The Startup Gathering is an initiative of the not- for-profit Startup Ireland Partnership and is a key action in the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs 2015. Bank of Ireland is sponsor and key corporate partner to the Startup Gathering.
choosing to take the entrepreneurial journey. Ireland has the ideal attributes to become a global startup hub for entrepreneurship and innovation, what is needed is a catalyst. A national network of events and initiatives that support ambition, scale and calculated risk taking will help make this happen. Creating the opportunities for genuine collaboration between startups and the partners critical to their successful growth is at the heart of the Startup Gathering. Startup Ireland is an independent, not-for-profit organisation committed to helping create an environment where Ireland’s entrepreneurs can lead the way in making our country an internationally competitive startup hub by 2020, a true startup island. STARTUP IRELAND EOIN COSTELLO Startup Ireland “Our goal is to help make Ireland a global hub for startups by 2020.” EOIN COSTELLO Startup Ireland
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. We know that Ireland has a great entrepreneurial spirit and the Startup Gathering is about harnessing that drive, showcasing it and encouraging others to get involved. I am delighted to have chaired the Steering Committee for the Startup Gathering. It allowed me to witness at first-hand the determination and enthusiasm across the public and private sector to drive engagement with this initiative and help make the Startup Gathering a success. Organising more than 350 events across 22 counties is a credit to the hard work of those involved and shows the appetite there is across the country to support and promote startups. The events are accessible to all and I hope will encourage more people to take the first step on the road to entrepreneurship; to access the supports needed to grow their business or to entice new businesses with high potential to choose Ireland as their startup home. MINISTER RICHARD BRUTON T.D. Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation MINISTER GED NASH T.D. Minister for Business & Employment, Chairman of the Startup Gathering National Steering Group
Bank of Ireland is Ireland’s Enterprise Bank and is committed to working with small businesses as they start, scale and succeed. We are delighted to be proud sponsor of, and key corporate partner to, the Startup Gathering which reflects our commitment to the startup ecosystem, working with serial entrepreneurs, student entrepreneurs, investors, educators, service providers and Government. Our Enterprise and Innovation programmes are designed to collaborate both with small business and the communities in which they operate. From traditional ways by providing more credit to SME’s than any other Bank in the Irish market - in the first half of 2015 Bank of Ireland provided 2.5bn of new approvals to the SME market, up 18% on the same period last year - to other key initiatives which include; our bi-annual National Enterprise Week, Enterprise Towns, Workbench spaces in Grand Canal Sq. Dublin and Mainguard St. Galway, sponsorship of the National Startup Awards and the recently launched portal for small business, ThinkBusiness.ie. These initiatives are designed to provide opportunities to; established and would- be business owners to network, meet potential new customers, hear experts and acquire advice, showcase their business, access free work and meeting spaces in key locations, and above all, connect with like minded people and supportive communities. In our role as key sponsor Bank of Ireland has worked side by side with the Startup Gathering team in helping put the programme together and, hopefully, adding value beyond simply acting as a sponsor bringing funds to the process. Startup Ireland is a small team and, effectively, a startup in it’s own right - our collaboration on this initiative is, hopefully, an example of what we’ve called out above, namely that our role in supporting the startup ecosystem has to be not just about the provision of capital but increasingly about the way we engage and leverage our scale and capability on behalf of startups, small business and communities right across Ireland. We wish the Startup Gathering team continued success as they scale and succeed with this momentous project and, on behalf of Bank of Ireland, hope you enjoy this inaugural Startup Gathering week in whichever part of the country you experience it. LIAM MCLOUGHLIN Chief Executive, Retail Ireland, Bank of Ireland
We work intensely with startup businesses that demonstrate early ambition and capability to serve international markets. We fund their international growth strategies, drive innovation, through access to new ideas and experts, build effective management teams, plug them into first-markets of greatest suitability, and help them close international sales contracts. Our aim is to harness the innate entrepreneurial spirit that exists in Ireland, to motivate creative business people, to innovate, to disrupt and to drive growth, through internationalisation. Our role is to impact on the entrepreneurship ecosystem, so that it facilitates entrepreneurs in starting new and exciting businesses. We are delighted to collaborate with the Startup Gathering initiative as it shines a spotlight on the vibrant Irish startup ecosystem and aims to promote Ireland’s offering to the diaspora and other international entrepreneurs. The success of Irish businesses is critical to our economy and new start-up businesses are crucial since they have such a positive impact on job creation in Ireland. A key priority for Enterprise Ireland is to foster and encourage founders of Irish businesses, by providing practical supports to entrepreneurs and business JULIE SINNAMON CEO Enterprise Ireland
out any of our new co-working spaces at 1 Grand Canal Square, Dublin or 22 Mainguard Street, Galway to start, scale and succeed your startup idea. Wifi? Check. Caffeine? Check. Heat? Check. Free? Check. No Catch? Check. CoderDojo is about encouraging creativity and having fun in a relaxed, social environment. JOIN US. Learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore technology in an informal and creative environment with Bank of Ireland. If you know of any young person who would like to attend, talk to our CoderDojo Champion in branch. LET’S TEACH KIDS HOW TO CODE AND CREATE COOL STUFF... NOTE: BOI Vector Bubble — The gradient is radial, make sure to get both the light blu — When placing the bubble over an image reduce the transp — There is a feathered highlight over the bubble, make sure Join us at our CoderDojo xxxxxx Key Corporate Sponsor: Government Sponsor: Sponsors:
of becoming a global hub for startups by 2020, the Startup Gathering day in the 5 cities (Dublin, Waterford, Cork, Limerick and Galway) opens with a ‘Startup Island 2020 Forum’. The goal of each Forum is to bring together key decision makers in each city to hear international experts from the Startup Commons organisation (please see more information below) provide insights into what underpins successful startup ecosystems. To help accelerate the city’s momentum towards the 2020 goal attendees will then participate in a breakout session facilitated by Startup Commons. Following this they will hear senior representatives from their city of the key enablers of successful global startup hubs (investors, state agencies, large corporates, research centres and service providers) share how they are contributing to the 2020 goal by growing their collaboration with local entrepreneurs and their startups. Each Forum features a high profile keynote speaker sharing their vision for a key opportunity for the city and is also the opportunity for the voice of the city’s entrepreneurs to be heard about their first hand experience of what it is like to start, scale, succeed from Ireland. Overview of the day in each city STARTUP ISLAND 2020 FORUM PROGRAMME October 5th - Dublin - 8.30am-1pm in Google HQ, Barrow St October 6th - Waterford - 8.30am-1pm in Tower Hotel, The Mall October 7th - Cork - 7.30am-1.30pm in Vertigo, City Hall October 8th - Limerick - 8.30am-1pm in LSAD Gallery, LIT, Clare Street October 9th - Galway - 8.30am-1pm in Meyrick Hotel, Eyre Square Full details of the speakers & participants for each Forum is available on the Startup Gathering app, please see www.startupgathering.ie October 10th - Limerick - 10am - 10:30am Briefing at Megadojo Event, LIT, Moylish Park
to create up to 10 jobs and generate exports, Enterprise Ireland’s High Potential Startup Team can provide advice and nancial support to get your idea o the ground. About Startup Commons www.startupcommons.org Led by Óscar Ramírez and Valto Loikkanen, Startup Commons is a team of leading international experts on startup ecosystem development. They provide integrated online solutions for cities and governments to manage, measure and monitor startup ecosystems. These solutions help in ecosystem development, operation and international benchmarking. They also specialise in measuring economic development created by startup ecosystems via innovation, jobs creation and international investment. OPEN CITY REGION EVENTS There will be a full schedule of events, programmes and initiatives organised by Startup Gathering hosts across each city region all day. The full schedule for each city is available here: www.startupgathering.ie or by downloading the Startup Gathering 2015 app. “Helping startups plug into their local communities is key, if they’re in a robust local network startups have a much greater chance of success.” Scott Case, CEO of Startup America Partnership “Startups are the new FDI companies” John Kennedy, Silicon Republic If you have an innovative business idea that has potential to create up to 10 jobs and generate exports, Enterprise Ireland’s High Potential Startup Team can provide advice and nancial support to get your idea o the ground. For more information go to www.enterprise-ireland.com/startup
NATIONAL STEERING GROUP Minister Nash, Chairman of the Startup Gathering National Steering Group Gerry Prizeman, Head of Enterprise, Bank of Ireland John O’Dea, Manager, High Potential Startup Unit, Enterprise Ireland Meetings facilitated by KEY PARTNERS TO THE STARTUP GATHERING REPRESENTED BY CITY AND REGIONAL COORDINATORS Gene Murphy Dublin Gillian Barry Limerick Barry O’Dowd Stephen O’Driscoll Oisin Geoghan Michael Maddock Grainne Lennon Tara McCarthy Claire McCarthy/ Joe Hutchinson IDA Ireland Science Foundation Ireland Local Enterprise Offices Irish Business Incubation Centres InterTradeIreland Bord Bia Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade John Breslin Galway Siobhan Finn Cork Breanndán Casey Ireland North East Eugene Crehan Waterford Michelle Connolly Ireland North West GOVERNMENT AGENCIES Eoin Costello, National Director of the Startup Gathering 2015 Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
BODIES Sharon Higgins Joanna Murphy Ian Talbot Ned Costello Ciarán O’Catháin Ibec Connect Ireland Chambers Ireland Universities Association of Ireland Institutes of Technology Ireland Thank You To Minister Bruton and Minister Nash. Our Startup Gathering City and Regional Coordinators. The Bank of Ireland team nationwide for their ongoing committment, enthusiasm and support throughout the project. Brendan, Andrew and the Board of Startup Ireland. The Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation and Enterprise Ireland. Ciaran, Jane, Elaine and Mark from IDEA. The members of the Startup Gathering steering groups, sponsors and supporters. All the event organisers across Ireland who have been part of this project, for their time, energy and dedication to helping make Ireland a startup island. Without you all the Startup Gathering 2015 would not have been possible. “We know that Ireland has lots of ambitious entrepreneurs and we are looking for even more of them to come forward and build a Startup revolution.” Minister Ged Nash “It’s all about how we support and enable small business and startups – to grow, to succeed, and to become the economic force within communities across Ireland.” Liam McLoughlin, Chief Executive, Retail Ireland, Bank of Ireland “Network Connectivity is the most important component driving startup ecosystem growth” US Chamber of Commerce and the 1775 International Startup Competition, 2015
scale and succeed to be in with a chance to win €1,000* Bank of Ireland is Proud Sponsor of the Startup Gathering 2015 Simply tweet @BOIstartups why your business should win. @BOIstartups *Terms and conditions apply, see bankofireland.com/SGCompetition.com for more details. Bank of Ireland is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.