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DateThursday, March 05, 2015

Startup Ireland Launch The Startup Gathering

October Event Series Set to Promote Entrepreneurship and Startup Economy in Ireland


The Startup GatheringStartup Ireland, the not-for-profit organisation that aims to promote and support the Irish startups scene, has launched The Startup Gathering, a national week of over 50 events held in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford taking place in October 2015.



Supported by the Bank of Ireland, The Startup Gathering will kick off with the first ever national conference for Ireland's startup sector on 5th October, followed by events like Hackers and Founders team building events, Diaspora Networking Events, Entrepreneur Career Fairs, and a national ‘Startup Demo Day' where entrepreneurs can pitch to top accelerators, investors, mentors and corporates, both national and international.



The Startup Gathering will finish with a State dinner on the theme of ‘Why invest in Ireland's startup sector' hosted by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, who attended the launch yesterday.



Eoin Costello, Co-Founder, Startup Ireland, believes the future growth of Ireland's economy in terms of innovation and jobs is closely linked to the performance of Ireland's startup sector, and needs far more people creating high impact start-ups in the country.


He said: "Our goal with The Startup Gathering is to encourage more of our population to consider entrepreneurship as a real career choice and make the move on startup ideas they have. In support of Minister Bruton's goal of making Ireland a country where great ideas can be transformed into excellent businesses and new jobs, our ultimate ambition is to use the Startup Gathering as a key pivot towards making Ireland a global startup hub by 2020".



Launching the initiative, Minister Bruton said: "In Ireland we have great start-ups - we just don't have enough of them. Two thirds of all new jobs are created by start-ups in their first five years of existence - that is why we are taking action, as part of our plan, to support more businesses to start-up, expand, and create those jobs that we need."


The Minister added: "We are putting in place more mentoring and incubation facilities, we held Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur competition to encourage start-up as a career choice, and today we are launching the Startup Gathering.


Importantly, we want this to happen not just in Dublin but also in every region of the country. This is a great initiative which will build on our existing strengths to encourage more people to start a business in Ireland, and ultimately help create the jobs we need right around the country."



Minister Ged Nash who is chairing the Startup Gathering National Steering Group, said: "The idea of The Startup Gathering is one that I have been championing from the start. I believe it offers Ireland a unique opportunity to showcase the great startup companies that we have and encourage people with good ideas to turn them into businesses, but also to attract more international start-ups with a high potential for growth to choose this country as their base.


The theme of the Startup Gathering is "Start, Scale, Succeed from Ireland" and our ambition is to encourage new entrepreneurs to access the help they need to take the plunge and turn their ideas into a scalable business, which in turn will create jobs."



While The Startup Gathering will complement the building of world class entrepreneurial hubs in Ireland's cities, it will also seek to achieve a greater regional spread of such hubs by inviting the regions to submit projects to be included in the 5 days of events in October. The 5 Regions that Startup Ireland is reaching out to are the West, Midlands, South West, South East and North East.


Minister Nash added: "We also want to promote Ireland as a global startup hub and with a focus on the regions, as well as Dublin, the Startup Gathering is very much in keeping with the Government's strategy of ensuring jobs growth right across the country."



As part of today's launch, Startup Ireland is issuing a national call to Ireland's startup sector for events to be included in The Startup Gathering's week of activities. The call can involve stakeholders either creating new initiatives or moving existing events, programme launch dates, accelerator recruitment dates and conferences to the week of October 5th.



Pictured at the launch of The Startup Up Gathering (L-R) John Breslin / Liam McLoughlin (Bank of Ireland) / Siobhan Finn / Minister Richard Bruton / Eoin Costello / Gareth Quinn / Minister Ged Nash / Eugene Crehan / Gillian Barry



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