The second Startup Europe Week (6th– 10th February) is over, having had the participation of +280 co-organisers spread across 40+ countries. In fact, Ray Walshe (DCU), John Breslin (TECHINNOVATE) and Noel King (CODERDOJODCU)  were SEW17 co-organisers and held events in Dublin and Galway (Ireland) for the initiative.

Why SEW?

Startup Europe Week (SEW) is an initiative which aims to support entrepreneurs and startups at a local and regional level. The initiative is run by a small international team, and has the support of the European Commission.

Regional diversity and local policy making still play a big role in shaping European startups. From helping entrepreneurs to incorporate a company, to providing grants or taxes breaks, European regions are key players. For this reason, Startup Europe Week events focus on showing entrepreneurs the support available to them in their local cities and regions.

SEW in Dublin and Galway Ireland

SEW was launched in Brussels, on 6th February, at the Microsoft Innovation Center. The launch saw many interesting speakers talk about helping startups in Europe on a local and regional level, including: Vice-President of the European Commission, Andrus Ansip and Head of Startup Europe, Isidro Laso; and Founder of SEW, Igor Tasic.

In Dubin, we organized an event for SEW on Saturday 11th February  in the Guinness Enterprise Centre. Noel King organized the DCU CoderDojo to take place and nearly 40 Kids were registered.

We were particularly pleased to see the next generation of Entrepreneurs producing code and enjoying building products.

DCU CoderDojo @coderdojodcu

Big numbers for @coderdojodcu in @GECinD8 where we will be building the most popular games of this decade #flappyninja #SEW17

In Galway, on Friday 10thth February John Breslin of TechInnovate held a Startup IP session in National University of Ireland Galway Business Innovation Centre. John introduced Sean Cummings and Laura Kehoe of Keltie  who discussed how IP information can steer a business around pitfalls and guide it toward rapid growth, building asset value that far outweighs the cost.


Overall, the #SEW17 hashtag achieved over 2 million impressions during the week. It was a brilliant week which saw some excellent events and we are already ready for #SEW18!

Useful information:
SEW Press Contact: Charlotte Tucker, [email protected]
Local SEW co-organisers : Ray Walshe ([email protected]), John Breslin ([email protected]), Noel King ([email protected])

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