The Startup Gathering 2015 programme of events was launched today by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, T.D together with Minister of State for Business and Employment, Ged Nash TD in NDRC, Digital Exchange, Dublin 8.

Over 300 Startup Gatherings will take place in five cities across Ireland between October 5 and 10. The aim of the Startup Gathering 2015 is to promote entrepreneurship and help develop world class regional startup hubs as well as highlighting Ireland’s startup sector to global entrepreneurs, investors and R&D teams.

Led by the not-for-profit organisation Startup Ireland, supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, with Bank of Ireland as sponsor and key Corporate partner, the 300 Startup Gathering 2015 events will take place across five days in Dublin, Waterford, and Cork, Limerick and Galway, with additional Startup Gathering programmes also taking place in Ireland North East and North West. Participants will have an opportunity to showcase their startups, discover the supports and services available to them, take part in networking opportunities and collaborate with other startups and established corporates.

To attract overseas entrepreneurs, Enterprise Ireland has established a dedicated €500k Startup fund in conjunction with the Startup Gathering to attract international startups to locate in Ireland.

A sample of the events taking place during Startup Gathering 2015 week include:

Silicon Stroll 2015 @ the Marker Hotel, Dublin

Early stage entrepreneurs will engage with Tech Giants and Business Influencers at the “Current Trends and Future Insights” Conference in the Marker Hotel Dublin. Multinationals from the Internet, enterprise software and the ‘Internet of Things’ will deliver insights on where their industries are currently and where they may be in 3-5 or 10 years’ time.

Smart Agri Food Business @ Garyvoe Hotel, Cork

This event will bring together farmers, producers, and restaurants to help them understand how their businesses connect, discover new opportunities for growing their business and creating jobs.

Funding and Innovative Supports for Start Ups and SMEs @ Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre, Limerick

This will bring together stakeholders in the Irish biotech/biopharma sector to determine the interest of industry in an open innovation funding  strategy and the  benefits to Ireland of this  this funding model which brings together an anchor large company client and a number of smaller companies ranging from startup to established.

Design Your [email protected] Biosciences Building NUI Galway

This event promotes entrepreneurship as a career path to researchers at different stages of their career. The event provides an outstanding opportunity to help young scientists in their career development and offers them an interdisciplinary discussion forum within an exclusive circle.

Export Awareness Workshop @ The Garden Room, The Mall, Waterford

Organised by Enterprise Ireland this Startup Gathering will assist Startup companies and promoters who are considering developing an export market, with information on how to develop their export potential and providing business intelligence in the form of country, company, and market and sector information.

Eoin Costello, co-founder of Startup Ireland said “Ireland simply doesn’t have time for a gradual evolution of our startup industry, the increasing rate of change brought about by technology requires a ‘startup revolution’ if Ireland is to continue to be a high growth economy in the next 10 years. Startup Gathering 2015 is more than just an awareness campaign.”

“It’s about driving real change across the startup sector, creating better networks, connections and collaborations with all of the players – in short from October the 5th to 10th we want to kick start Ireland’s Startup revolution. From today, people can download the Startup Gathering app and see how they can get involved, where the Startup Gatherings are taking place, whose expertise they can learn from and what connections they can make. I am confident that within this programme of events, great ideas small and large will be transformed into excellent new businesses, new jobs and bring us closer to the ambition for Ireland to become a global startup hub.”

“We already have most of the key elements in place. As the Forbes’ best country in the world for business, Ireland has lots in its favour with an enviable presence of leading international companies, good rankings in the Global Innovation Index, a skilled workforce, good accelerators and incubators for early stage companies and well-established support systems from State agencies.”

The full programme of events is available online at www.startupgathering.ie  and apps can be downloaded from the App Store and on Google Play

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