By @SimonCocking

Dublin hosted the first of a series of Startup Gathering Town Hall meetings taking place across the country this week to accelerate the plans and goals of the Startup Gathering. Set to be the largest distributed startup event in the world, the Startup Gathering will take place across Ireland from the 5th to 10th October with in excess of 50 events being planned across the week in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Waterford and other urban locations for national and international entrepreneurs.

Under the theme ‘Start, Scale and Succeed from Ireland’, the Startup Gathering aims to:

  • Promote entrepreneurship and help identify entrepreneurial talent at an early stage across the country.
  • Help develop world class regional startup hubs around the existing strengths in each region to accelerate the growth of startups in Ireland.
  • Raise the international profile of the startup sector in each region of Ireland to global entrepreneurs, investors and R&D teams.

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Today’s Dublin Town Hall event, an important step in engaging influencers who are critical to the goals of the Startup Gathering, was hosted by the Startup Gathering City Coordinator for Dublin Gene Murphy, a well-known startup community leader in Dublin and was attended by representatives from multi-national companies, large corporates, Government, Universities, Institutes of Technology and the startup community.  Startup Gathering Town Hall meetings are also scheduled to take place across Galway, Limerick and Waterford this week.


The Startup Gathering is part of the Action Plan for Jobs 2015 and is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.  It is also sponsored by Bank of Ireland, a key strategic partner, who will actively support this initiative through their extensive national network of branches and commitment to the development of the SME sector in Ireland.

The Startup Gathering 2015 is being led by Startup Ireland, a public private not-for-profit partnership dedicated to the goal of making Ireland the best place in the world to create and scale a startup. The initiative is being championed by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton T.D., together with the Minister for Business and Employment, Ged Nash T.D.

Minister Nash chair of Startup Gathering National Steering Group

“Startup companies create two thirds of all new jobs in their first five years and are vital in terms of the Government’s goal of reaching full employment by 2018. The Startup Gathering is an opportunity for us to showcase Ireland as global startup hub and to attract international high potential startups to choose this country as their base.”

Eoin Costello, CEO of Startup Ireland

“The Town Hall meetings taking place across Ireland this week will provide a real opportunity to create alignment across key public and private stakeholders to build on the economic strengths of each region and develop world class startup hubs. The Town Hall meetings are an important step to engage influencers in each region who are critical to achieving these goals and to align events and initiatives with Startup Gathering 2015.”

Gerry Prizeman, Head of Enterprise Development at Bank of Ireland 

Bank of Ireland is the ‘Enterprise Bank’ for business in Ireland and we are committed to supporting the growth in business recovery in this country. We are continuously looking at ways to help support businesses develop and are delighted to partner the Startup Gathering campaign. I encourage all startups and business leaders across the country to engage with the Town Hall meetings, which are the first step in formulating and developing an engaging programme of activity that will have tangible benefits for businesses and develop a network of startup hubs throughout Ireland”.

To accelerate Startup Gathering, the campaign is part of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation’s Action Plan for Jobs 2015.  The Action Plan for Jobs is a whole of Government, multi-annual initiative which mobilises all Government Departments and Agencies to work towards the objective of supporting job creation. The development of the Plan is coordinated by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, and is monitored by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and the Department of the Taoiseach to ensure delivery.

For more information on the Startup Gathering visit

The Startup Gathering Town hall Meeting are taking place in:


Tuesday, 19th May 08.30am – 11am Wayra, Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2


Wednesday, 20thMay 11am – 1pm Waterford Institute of Technology

Lecture Hall G17, Health Science Building



Thursday, 21st May 10am – 12 noon Clarion Hotel, Limerick


Thursday, 21st May 3pm  – 5.30pm Bank of Ireland Enterprise Lounge, Mainguard Street, Galway


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