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Only has to be the best Startup Weekend coming up again in Dublin next month!  I hope to see a few familiar faces there too! Melanie

The education event of the year is back! Startup Weekend Education takes place in the heart of Dublin at the headquarters of online learning and teaching giant, Udemy. The event brings together educators, developers, designers and entrepreneurs who are passionate about making a positive impact in education by building game-changing products in 54 hours.

Over the course of the weekend, teams experience the adrenaline of the exhilarating start-up world. While learning to create and develop their company and product, participants have the unique opportunity to hone their skills as they work directly with expert mentors, investors, and speakers before facing a panel of influential thought-leaders.


Sarita Johnston (Enterprise Ireland)

Gene Murphy (Bank of Ireland)

Martyn Farrows (CJ Fallon)

David Scanlon (NDRC)

Liz McCarthy (Dogpatch Labs)

The Bank of Ireland funded weekend is also sponsored by a number of Irish and international companies, a host of influential change-makers will take part, including speakers Claire Hough (VP of Engineering, Udemy) and Alan Costello (Venture Investment Leader, NDRC).


Bank of Ireland


Dublin City Council Local Enterprise Office


Rehab Group

Learning Tech Labs

BBC Microbit Foundation

Creative Tim

Startup Weekend Education welcomes a new facilitator, Roger Osorio (Entrepreneurship Program Leader, IBM), who is travelling from New York City to share his expertise with Dublin’s start-up community. This international collaboration is a prime example of spirit of #SWEDUDUB, summed up by our lead organiser, David Pollard, Innovation Pioneer for the Rehab Group and co-founder of Learning Tech Labs:

“Effective collaboration and communication are crucial factors for success at any level. Startup Weekend Education provides the perfect environment for teams to flourish and become part of a diverse global community.”

At the conclusion of Startup Weekend Education, the judges will ask probing questions about the viability of products that should address the needs of teachers, students, parents, college professors, corporate trainers or others connected to education. One team will be crowned the champion, but everyone will gain invaluable knowledge, experience and lifelong connections!

Need to know links:

Website: http://communities.techstars.com/ireland/dublin/startup-weekend/11032

Twitter: https://twitter.com/swedudub @SWEDUdub

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/SWEDUdub

Testimonials of Previous Participants

Previous winner, Clodagh Connell, told us:

“I found out 3 hours before the event on Twitter! Delighted I came; great to get great experience meet people with skills sets and enthusiasm needed to bring the idea forward.”

George Papa of Next Future spoke with us:

“The educational vertical made it easier to put an idea in context and market a business around that.”

Gavin Malloy of Learning Mat felt that the experience was a positive one:

“Exciting getting to meet people,get loads done and meet great mentors.”

Xin Bao of Propeller had a similarly positive experience:

“Excellent learning experience. Biggest thing for me was to put in to practice the theories that I’ve read about. It showed me the importance of validation and continuously reflecting on the idea.”

Play Academy members Elena Mifsud and Adrian Hanrahan praised the event:

“The weekend is very well organised with great speakers. And I would recommend it to anyone looking for a 101 in entrepreneurship.”

One half of Learn Log, Deborah Carberry told us:

“We came with a fresh idea, we formed an amazing team. We learned to think deeper after meeting and talking to people. So positive, it’s been mighty, the crack was mighty.”

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