By @SimonCocking

Five cities in Ireland have been chosen to host the Startup Gathering 2015 with the Cork Region’s Gathering expected to draw significant numbers on 7th October 2015. From October 5th – 10th next a ‘City Region Open Day’ will host a day-long series of events in each of the 5 city regions facilitating a week-long series of focused events and initiatives around the country which will be promoted to national and international audiences.

Startup Gathering is a national expo promoting entrepreneurship and showcasing Ireland’s startup sector to a domestic and international audience, with the theme “Start, Scale, Succeed in Ireland”.  Over 50 events will be held nationally supported by the Startup Ireland Partnership and with the sponsorship of Bank of Ireland.

Cork innovates is promoting the Cork City Region Open Day during the Gathering Expo week. Cork innovates Project Director, Siobhán Finn is the Startup Gathering Cork City Region Co-ordinator, appointed by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation.

The goal for the Startup Gathering 2015 is to facilitate in excess of 50 events and networking opportunities nationally during the week for at least 15,000 members of the Irish public and international visitors and so supporting conditions for the creation of at least 2,500 new jobs in the following 12 months.

 “I am delighted to announce the details of the Startup Gathering here in Cork. The vision for the Gathering is to highlight the resources available to support the growth of a diverse pipeline of indigenous and international high growth startups, which in turn will help attract international venture capitalists and other supporting bodies to locate in participating cities with a positive spill-over effect into indigenous and locally traded business,” said Siobhán Finn.

CEO of the Startup Ireland Partnership Eoin Costello said: “ Our mission with the Startup Gathering 2015 is to make Ireland a global startup hub by 2020, maximising our entrepreneurial talent pipeline and the clusters that accelerate them’.  Cork has a great entrepreneurial spirit and I am delighted to be here announcing the Startup Gathering Cork 2015″.

The 5 cities involved in the Startup Gathering are Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford, and over 50 events are expected to be held during the week (5 days) of 5 October 2015 promoting entrepreneurship and showcasing Ireland’s startup sector to more than 15,000 people.

Albert Diggin, Area Manager Cork with Bank for Ireland spoke of his delight that Bank of Ireland has partnered with Startup Ireland for this week-long expo, noting that ’Bank of Ireland is fully committed to the development of  the startup community across the country.  Startup activity is a key driver of economic success and with two thirds of all new jobs created by start-ups during their first five years of activity, Bank of Ireland is delighted to work with Cork innovates and Startup Ireland in the delivery of this exciting new project for the Irish Startup  community’.

“The Startup Gathering Cork provides the ideal platform for stakeholders to work with Cork innovates and the Startup Ireland partnership in targeting events and initiatives aimed at startups and scaling SMEs at a much larger audience, ideally resulting in the creation of a more impactful, more robust pipeline of high growth startups for the region by 2020.”  Siobhán Finn.

For more information, contact: Deirdre Connolly, CAMEO Communications, [email protected], 085.244980 

About Cork innovates

Cork innovates was established in 2012 to enhance the positioning of the region as a place which offers entrepreneurs globally and locally the best environment to start, grow and stay their business successfully.  The initiative is led by Project Director Siobhán Finn.

The steering group of Cork innovates comprises Cork City Council and Cork County Council, the four Local Enterprise Offices in the region, Enterprise Ireland, UCC, CIT, Cork Chamber and Cork BIC.  These stakeholders together support key projects and activities to promote Cork as a location of choice for regional, national and international entrepreneurs.

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