By @SimonCocking

Launched today at the new Bank of Ireland branch at 1 Grand Canal Square, Docklands. It was an impressive who’s who of the Irish startup scene.

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Minister Bruton and Minister Nash launch Startup Gathering with a National Call for Projects and Initiatives

Led by Startup Ireland, with Bank of Ireland as strategic partner, 5 industries will be showcased over 5 days in 5 cities from Oct 5-10th

The Startup Gathering was launched today by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, together with the Minister of State for Business and Employment, Ged Nash TD.

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Led by the not-for-profit organisation Startup Ireland, with Bank of Ireland as strategic partner, The Startup Gathering will be a national week of over 50 events held in five cities promoting entrepreneurship and showcasing Ireland’s startup sector to more than 15,000 people. Events will be scheduled for Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford during the five day long programme in October. The launch took place at Bank of Ireland Grand Canal Square where Ministers Bruton and Nash were joined by Liam McLoughlin, Chief Executive of Retail, Bank of Ireland and Eoin Costello, Co-Founder, Startup Ireland.

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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. Among the events already planned in October are 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.  Anyone interested in submitting proposals can do so at

The Startup Gathering will kick off with the first ever national conference for Ireland’s startup sector on 5th October, and will finish with a State dinner on the theme of ‘Why invest in Ireland’s startup sector’ hosted by Minister Bruton. Invitees will include senior decision makers from venture funding, corporate venturing and corporate backed accelerators from around the world as well as representatives from the startup community in Ireland.

Bank of Ireland has partnered with the Government to sponsor this new national initiative.

Launching the initiative today, Minister Bruton said: “In Ireland we have great start-ups, just not enough of them. Two thirds of all new jobs are created by start-ups in their first five years of existence. We are putting in place more mentoring and incubation facilities, Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition, and the Startup Gathering. We want this to happen in every region of the country.  This is a great initiative which will to encourage more people to start a business in Ireland, and help create jobs around the country”.

“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.  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.”

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Eoin Costello, Co-Founder, Startup Ireland, said: “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 we need far more people creating high impact start-ups here. 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”.

See his presentation here on slideshare.

Liam McLoughlin, Chief Executive of Retail, Bank of Ireland said: “We are delighted to be working in close partnership with both Government and Startup Ireland on this exciting new initiative. Our position is about how we support and enable small businesses and start-ups in other ways.

“We are hosting today’s event here in Grand Canal Square, our newest branch which offers strong support for start ups and SME’s in the shape of co-working and meeting spaces, all freely available.”

The Startup Gathering will invite the regions to submit projects to be included in the 5 days of events in October.

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