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Paddy Cosgrave

Web Summit, F.ounders, WEF Global Shaper   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Paddy Cosgrave is the founder and curator of the Web Summit in Dublin. 2012's summit brought together over 4,200 attendees and 270 startups from across the world. Paddy has also created F.ounders - an invite-only gathering for 150 of the world's top tech company founders which has been frequented by the founders of Youtube, Skype, Twitter, Netflix, LinkedIn, Rovio and many more. The event has attracted worldwide attention having been dubbed by Bloomberg as "Davos for Geeks" and by Mashable as the "best tech event we've ever attended". In addition to the tech founders, the event also brings together leaders from outside the world of tech such as the Chairman of Goldman Sachs International, Chief Economist of the World Bank and Bono, the lead singer of U2.

Paddy is an advisor to several startups and is number 26 on WIRED's list of 100 most influential people in technology.

Barry O'Sullivan

Senior Executive, Technology Investor, Dragon   |   LinkedIn

Barry O'Sullivan is a technology investor and Senior Vice President with Cisco Systems. He has spent most of his career in Silicon Valley and throughout his career has grown multibillion dollar businesses at several technology companies.

O'Sullivan is co-founder of the Irish Technology Leadership, a group of senior Irish American technology entrepreneurs, investors and executives.

Married with four children, he divides his time between Palo Alto, California and Galway, Ireland.

Barry O'Neill

CEO, StoryToys   |   LinkedIn

Barry O'Neill is the CEO of StoryToys, a developer and publisher of award winning interactive books for children. The company's products combine a unique blend of storytelling, learning and game components and are available on app stores globally. Prior to StoryToys Barry headed up Namco Bandai’s European mobile business and co-founded mobile games pioneer Upstart Games in 2002, which was sold in 2006. Barry is also advisor to the UK-based Tesseract fund, which invests in early stage game and interactive media ventures, and is the current chairman of Games Ireland.

Eamon Leonard

VP Engineering, Engine Yard   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Eamon Leonard is an advisor to start-ups, an angel investor, a tech community organiser and has an interest in cloud platforms and developer tools. Based in Ireland, he is VP Developers³ at Engine Yard, having joined the company through their acquisition of Orchestra, a PHP Platform-as-a-Service he co-founded in 2011.

Gene Murphy

Founder at Redeem&Get   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Gene is part of the team over at Redeem&Get an online redemption and scheduling tool for vouchers and coupons, and when he's not up to his neck in daily deal redemption's he can be found chatting away at numerous Startup community events. A graduate of Propel 3, NDRC Launchpad, iGAP 4 and a mentor at Startup Bootcamp he's a keen fan of the great Startups launching from the Irish tech community.

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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.

Andrea Magnorsky

Game Developer and Co-Founder at BatCat Games   |   LinkedIn

Andrea Magnorsky is a professional software developer and has accrued many years of experience building solid applications. She has been consuming new technologies and frameworks daily for the last 10 years in a never-ending quest for knowledge and a happy developer path.

After a long life in the enterprise development world, since early 2012 she is developing games and the proud co-founder of BatCat Games. Andrea is involved in the organisation of GameCraft, Alt Net in Dublin and other code related communities in Ireland.

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

Dara O'Mahony

Owner of & Dome Telecom   |   LinkedIn

Dara is fascinated by start up and small business, whatever the industry and feels that the creativity, drive and energy associated with the start up and small business space beats big business any day. He has been involved in this space for over 15 years as a business owner, advisor, mentor (Startup BootCamp 2012) and, more recently, investor.

He is also very interested in the economic and political landscape and likes to understand how policies at a national level impact on the supporting environment for small business and the likelihood of stimulating start up activity.

Spending a lot of time abroad he is always fascinated with the number of opportunities to take international best in class business models and bringing them to the Irish market.

Edward Fidgeon-Kavanagh

Founder & Managing Director at Clear Presentation Design   |   LinkedInGoogle+

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 gained access to, and won funding from, various prestigious incubator programmes in Ireland and have secured funding from VCs.

Eimear McCormack

Managing Director at B*Different - Marketing Transformation   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Eimear has over 10+ years experience in the Marketing & Business Management, she has a degree in Media Production & Management & a Master of Business Studies from Dublin City University.

Eimear has always had a passion for business & from a very young age. Nowadays she's highly experienced in marketing from brand management, digital (search, social, eCRM, display), retail/trade, ATL media inc. TV advertising, data planning and consumer insight. Eimear administered a task to contestants on the hit TV Show The Apprentice in 2011, she's also frequent panel guest on Today FM's Business Show & Newstalk Breakfast. Eimear also guest lecture in many universities throughout the year & speaks at many events throughout the year – Web Summit, County Enterprise Boards and business groups.

Recently, Eimear has established her own marketing company called B*Different to help other business succeed in their marketing efforts. Eimear has many years experience working within a start-up businesses and has a passion for start-up's in general.

Eoin Costello

New Frontiers Programme Manager, DIT   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Eoin Costello is currently Hothouse Programme Manager in the Incubation Centre and graduated from Trinity College with a First Class Honours Degree in Business Studies.

Eoin was also the owner and managing director of Novara Technology Limited a web hosting and dedicated server provider. Starting from a spare bedroom in his house, Eoin grew Novara to the second largest Host/ISP in Ireland with in excess of 10,000 clients and sold it to Digiweb Limited in 2008 for a 7 figure sum.

As a business owner he led Omniserve which he sold to management in 2009. From 1992-99 Eoin built the family retail jewellery business from one location to three before selling his share in 1999 in order to provide the start up capital for Novara Technology. He has worked in many impressive areas across the span of his career, from the London Stock Exchange to graduating with a MSc in Business Development & Innovation from the University of Ulster in 2011.

Gianfranco Palumbo

Coder at 10gen / MongoDB Dublin   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Gianfranco Palumbo is Technical Support Engineer (helps developers and database administrators) at 10gen (the MongoDB company). After completing a Computer Science degree in DIT and finding about the startup scene, he tried and continues trying some music and mobile related ideas. Gianfranco has lived in Dublin for over 6 years after getting sick of Italian food and Ecuadorian weather!

10gen will have a stand across the weekend, so for all you developers, avail of this great resource!

Ian Lucey

CEO Lucey Technology   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Ian Lucey is an investor and advisor to early-stage startups. He founded Lucey Technology in 2009 to develop cloud technology for the SME sector after a career that saw him work with Sage and Relate Software.

Recognised as the DIT Hothouse Entrepreneur of the Year 2010, he has also set up The Lucey Fund, a division of Lucey Technology that makes investments in technology firms at a very early stage - particularly in eCommerce/SaaS/Enterprise Software and Mobile Services. In 2011, Lucey donated €100,000 in development time to a range of good causes such as Gáisce, the President's award - which will see it's entire yearly operations migrate to the cloud in the near future.

Karl Aherne

Executive Director, Wayra Ireland   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Karl Aherne is a start-up and corporate entrepreneur who creates and aids million euro revenue businesses. Karl is currently managing an impressive start-up investment portfolio, driving commercial acceleration & ROI through Telefonica's Wayra programme.

Karl specialises in idea generation and implementation strategies for innovative new products raising VC and corporate investment for a range of innovative business opportunities. Developed new businesses in Telefonica Ireland including the O2 Money card (winner of the 2012 Best Global Prepaid Card), carrier billing platform (a first in the Telefonica Group) and Telefonica's first App Development business.

Karl also has start-up experience as a founder raising venture capital while being a board advisor to several others. Director of Boardmatch Ireland and member of industry committees for both the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC) and the Telecommunications and Internet Federation (TIF).

Kathryn Parkes

Senior UX Designer, iQ Content   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Kathryn Parkes has been designing & developing user-centered digital experiences for over 17 years, and is a prominent member of the UX community in Dublin. In her role as Senior User Experience Designer at iQ Content, she defines and leads the implementation of research and design strategies for clients. Before joining iQ, Kathryn managed her own technology management consultancy business worked working with a range of companies from startups to large multi-nationals. Her background is in the educational technology industry where she led the New Product Development and R&D teams at ThirdForce (formerly Electric Paper) for over 10 years.

Marc Sanz Lopez

Google Account Strategist & CEO of HAIL Studios   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Marc Sanz Lopez works in Google in Chromebooks for Education sales in EMEA and also is the CEO and co-founder of HAIL Studios, a hardcore mobile game development studio. During his university years he relaunched the Finance & Economy Group and co-founded the entrepreneurship club in his business school (ESADE, in Barcelona), founded TEDxESADE and organized Silicon Valley comes to Barcelona. Post university he co-founded E3 Union (Spanish Student Entrepreneurship Association), iCUE (International Consortium of University Entrepreneurs) and HAIL Studios.

He has been specializing in negotiations, public speaking, guerilla marketing and general strategy.

From his experience in and outside from Google he has accumulated experience in sales, SEO, SEM, Digital Marketing, investor pitching and the education sector.

Mark Kearns

CEO of Nootrol / Director Inventorium & NDRC   |   LinkedIn

Mark Kearns is currently CEO of Nootrol, a green-tech business enabling multinationals to understand the sustainability and risks embedded within their supply chain operations globally. Mark is also the Director of Inventorium and the Founder of the NDRC's Swequity exchange, where he focuses on seed, early and expansion stage ideas in the technology space. 

Prior to Nootrol Mark led engineering groups in Oracle, Babelgum and Two Way TV where his team won a BAFTA for the most innovative interactive TV service for Big Brother 2. Mark is experienced in on-demand and internet software business models, with particular background in SaaS, Cloud, Financial and Media technologies. He has successfully founded and exited his own software business.

Markham Nolan

Managing Editor, Storyful   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Markham Nolan is the managing editor of, a social media news agency founded on the belief that newsrooms can find their most valuable content on the social web. Having come from a print background was Storyful's fifth full-time employee - the startup company is now 30 strong and continues to grow. Markham was part of a team that pioneered new ways to verify and source breaking news content online collaboratively, consistently and quickly.

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.

Paul O'Grady

Researcher & Software Developer   |   LinkedIn

Paul O'Grady is an independent technology consultant & contractor with over 10 years experience in both computer science research and web development. Paul has a Ph.D in computer science from NUI Maynooth and was a post-doctoral researcher at University College Dublin. He has co-founded a number of startups (one of which came out of the first Startup Weekend Dublin) and has worked in a consultative capacity to a number of others. Paul has worked on a wide range of projects covering a variety of highly technical areas such as machine learning, automatic speech recognition, data mining & location-based services. Paul is currently on contract building internal web services for an investment bank in Dublin.

Paul Watson

CTO @Storyful   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Paul Watson is a full-stack web developer and current CTO of Storyful with 12 years of experience in the industry. He previously worked as senior web-developer maintaining and developing features for Europe's largest
and most popular music video website, Prior to this Paul spent 5 years in the TSSG developing research ideas into commercially viable products. He founded and developed the initial FeedHenry offering out of the TSSG before moving onto industry partnership projects with O2 and Thomas Crosbie Holdings. Paul's primary technical skills are in Ruby on Rails, SQL, JavaScript, HTML and CSS.

Peter Crowley

Entrepreneur, Internet Strategist   |   LinkedIn

Peter Crowley has vast experience in business and technological development having created the successful Webzone Limited which ran the carzone website, which was Ireland's number 1 car website. After selling the carzone business to his british competitor Autotrade, Peter moved into entrepreneurship, investment and development. Peter successfully created many Irish motoring websites including local motor distributor websites such as Audi, BMW, Citroen, Mercedes-benz, Peugeot and Volkswagen & over 700 car dealer websites. Peter is heavily involved in new startups and is always looking for new startup opportunities to get involved in, he's currently developing AdPlanter a tool for creating & publishing google Ads from transient content such as used car listings.

Phil Riordan

CEO, Bragbet   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Phil Riordan is a chartered management accountant (CIMA) coming to Bragbet with both financial markets and strong startup experience. This experience includes co-founding an award winning festival and previous financial roles with JP Morgan, IBT and Dolmen Stockbrokers. Phil most recently was VP of Finance and Operations with Getitkeepit and brite:bill from pre funding through it’s growth to a seven figure revenue multinational employing over 20 staff. During this time he led three rounds of funding, established the company’s China office and managed all operations outside of technology and sales, including all legal, finance and board interactions and reporting.

Phil is also a graduate of NCI and Smurfit Graduate Business School, and a winner of the prestigious Irish Times Smurfit Business School MBA Full Scholarship. He is also a mentor at Seedcamp.

Ravi Chodavarapu

Software Consultant & Startup Advisor   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Ravi Chodavarapu started programming in QBasic when he was about 13, learning new languages and technologies through high school and through a Computer Science degree at the University of California. In the 7 years since graduation, he's worked across 3 continents, designing and developing software for companies in several industries including Fidelity, Ericsson and Avaya. Ravi is an expert in Java, JEE, Spring, Eclipse SDK and OSGi.

Sean Blanchfield

Technology Entrepreneur   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Sean Blanchfield is a well-known Irish technology founder, investor, mentor and startup community organiser. He is best known as a founder of DemonWare, an online technology firm that serves over 300 million gamers, including those of Call of Duty, the world’s most successful video game franchise.

He co-founded a mobile solutions company, Phorest, in 2000 as an undergrad. In 2003 he left his Ph.D. to co-found and invest in DemonWare, providing online technology to video games publishers. After DemonWare’s acquisition by Activision Blizzard in 2007, Sean served as CTO of Jolt, a social gaming publishing house, and later founded and invested in Front Square. In 2011 Sean co-founded Scale Front, a startup lab that creates and accelerates new startups.

Aside from his own ventures, Sean works with other entrepreneurs and startups through investment (Swrve, Kore, Jolt), advisory positions (Digit, Mavenhut, Haunted Planet, MetricFire, Batcat), accelerators (NDRC, StartupBootcamp, IT Digital Challenge) and regularly speaks on entrepreneurship at colleges, events and conferences. Sean is also the founder of Techpreneurs, an invite-only monthly meetup of over 100 of Ireland’s leading technology founders.

William McQuillan

Partner, Frontline Ventures   |   LinkedInGoogle+

William McQuillan is a Partner at Frontline Ventures. He was the Co-Founder and CEO of, an online sales platform targeting some of Europe's top emerging fashion brands. Prior to this he was one of the founding employees of Ondra Partners, a start-up investment-banking boutique.
Ondra grew from a four-person team to being a profitable company, working on some of the largest mergers and acquisitions in Europe and having over 40 people in London, New York and Paris.

He is passionate about entrepreneurship and currently is the London Ambassador for the Sandbox Network, for which he has organised over 40 events in the last 2 years. He is also a mentor for Springboard and Imperial Incubators in London, and is a Startup Leadership Program Fellow.

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Jun 7
  • 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 8
  • 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 9
  • 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!

And the winners are…

by swdub

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