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Google Ireland, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4,-6.2378553,17z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xc4c697949b4049f6

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!



Jun 6
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • 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


Jun 7
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Jun 8
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Gold Sponsors

Niall Harbison

Entrepreneur   |   Google+

Niall’s career can be broken in to a number of different phases, starting as a professional chef, before moving into the world of tech, social media and digital marketing.

After successfully growing Simply Zesty into Ireland's largest media agency after it's purchase by UTV PLC and merger with Tibus Digital, he now heads up Lovin Dublin, is an Enterprise Ireland mentor and is a co-founder of Pr Slides.


Ed Fidgeon Kavanagh

CEO of   |   LinkedIn

Ed is a pitch consultant who 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.

Ed’s clients have presented at prestigious events such as TechCrunch Disrupt and the Dublin Websummit, and gained access to, and won funding from, various prestigious incubator programmes in Ireland and have secured funding from VCs.

Anatoly Lebedev

Strategic Partnership Development Manager, Google   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Anatoly Lebedev is a Strategic Partnerships Development Manager at Google with solid background in business and partnership development. Anatoly is working on strategic partnerships in Europe, Middle East and Africa region, he also frequently interacts with startups helping them to build their business strategy. So if you need advice on your startup business model or marketing strategy go to Anatoly for advice.

Paul Killoran

Founder & CEO at Ex Ordo   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Paul Killoran is the founder & CEO of Ex Ordo, a company that automates the publication of academic research. Paul started out as a bedroom coder, then bootstrapped the development of Ex Ordo, secured seed investment and went on to create a profitable company. Prior to this, he founded/managed a web consultancy company (Starlight) for 5 years.

He has mentored numerous startup/enterprise programmes in Galway and has co-founded a number of startup initiatives: CodeNinja, Bizcamp Galway & Mowag. He was named the Kaufmann FastTrac European Entrepreneur of the Year in June 2012.

Paul believes in a little less conversation and a little more action.

Charles Lee

Coder, Product and Startup Guy   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Charles is a former project lead for the human genome project at the European Bioinformatics Institute and previously served as Chief Architect at Hotprints, a successful social startup company. He is one of the country's leading technologists with particular strengths in artificial intelligence, "big data" and a leader in agile methodology implementations. Charles has also been a key member of the team that worked on UDDI webservice standard, and has held senior positions in Gamesys and GlaxoSmithKline. He holds a bachelor degree in Biomedical Sciences from Leicester and a Masters in Bioinformatics from Manchester University.

Currently he is co-founder and chief product officer at a new tech startup

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