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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Ireland’s Student Startup Weekend will take place in University College Cork from the 10th-12th of April 2015

Our event is specifically targeting students from Ireland and abroad. At present, our organisational team consists of representatives from five of the top Irish Universities, which include UCC, UCD, DCU, Trinity College Dublin and NUIG. The weekend will bring together the highest calibre students from Ireland, the UK and further afield.

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Apr 10
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Apr 11
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Apr 12
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Tech check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Judging & Dinner
  • Awards
  • Wrapup
Tier 1 Sponsors

DC Cahalane

CMO @ Teamwork   |   LinkedIn

DC is one of the leaders of the Cork Startup community. As CMO at, he continues to build the company to new heights!

He has mentored and advised a vast number of new startup businesses and he has great experience in marketing and event management.

DC will guide teams with business model generation and branding throughout the weekend.

Eamon Curtin

Director of Ignite   |   LinkedIn

Eamon runs the IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme at UCC. IGNITE is a 9 month business incubation programme designed to help recent graduates turn innovative ideas into scalable businesses.

Eamon has significant experience working with early stage and start-up companies as a consultant, mentor and trainer since 2001.

Christine OKeeffe

Director Schedule and Dispatch at EMC   |   LinkedIn

Christine is a Senior Customer Service Professional with extensive experience working cross functionally.

Christine is skilled in formulating and driving strategies for business development and performance improvement. She is a proactive and enthusiastic person who is results-driven and has broad customer service experience


Fraser Heaslip

Director at TouchDown Partners   |   LinkedIn

Fraser Heaslip has invaluable experience having worked with strongly recognized brands such as Vodafone, Meteor, and Otterbox.

He specialises in Sales, and has demonstrated his entrepreneurial flair through his organization of events such as the monthly gather 'Mobile Monday', having founded a sales consultancy 'Flex Strategic', as well as founding his current adventure 'Touchdown Partners' who's aim is to help scale EMEA consumer electronic brands.

Tier 2 Sponsors

Frank Hannigan

Managing Partner @ Pathfinder, Ireland   |   Google+

Frank Hannigan has a 25 year track record of building and scaling successful businesses in the ICT sector. Having moved from a successful career in Traditional Media over a dozen years ago, he has played key leadership roles within Ireland On-Line, Digiserve, EBRD, WeddingsOnline, Razor, and most recently

Frank is a Business Graduate of Trinity College Dublin.

Extensive international experience in business development, evaluation, consultancy and training, in areas such as local economic development, entrepreneurship and venture creation working in USA, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, UK, Taiwan, Albania, Mongolia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Serbia and Montenegro.

Jayne Ronayne

Head Honcho @ KonnectAgain   |   LinkedIn

Jayne Ronayne is the ‘Head Honcho ’ (CE0) of KonnectAgain.

Jayne is a recent graduate of UCC where she studied Government and public policy and was involved in many societies and clubs at a leader level throughout her college years.

Jayne’s role within KonnectAgain is with her leading from the front with her vision for Alumni relations and ensuring that the business is growing in the right direction.

Sarah Dineen

Founder of UniWink   |   LinkedIn

Sarah Dineen is the founder of UniWink, which is an online collaborative one stop shop for note sharing.

Sarah recently presented on the Irish Dragon's Den, where she kicked off a relationship with the avid angel investor Barry O'Sullivan.

Tommy Dunton

Sales Director at Konnectagain   |   LinkedIn

Tommy Dunton is the Sales Director of one of Ireland's leading startups, 'KonnectAgain', the aim of which is to revolutionize the way Alumni relations interact with their school / college.

Tommy led from the front as Auditor at the UCC Entrepreneurial & Social Society, a position which he held for two years.

He is one of the Founders of the Irish Student Startup Weekend, as well as UCC Coderdojo.

Richard Barrett

Co-Founder of Pundit Arena   |   LinkedIn

Richard Barrett Is a graduate of UCC and is Co-Founder of Pundit Arena. ‘Pundit Arena empowers aspiring journalists and articulate sports fans to write about the sports they love’

Richard and Ross won the Bank of Ireland IGNITE Business of the Year award in 2014 and are currently completing their Seed round funding for Pundit arena which now has 200+ writers working for the website.

Ross O'Dwyer

Co-Founder of Pundit Arena   |   LinkedIn

Ross Is an Entrepreneur & Innovation Consultant. He is a UCC graduate and previously took part in the Ignite graduate programme.

Ross is Co founder of Pundit Arena, Irelands leading sports media website. Pundit Arena is powered by articulate fans, aspiring and established journalists. The ‘pundits’ write about topics and sports of interest to them and publish their content through the Pundit Arena web platform.

Louise Hodgson

Executive Director at The Undergraduate Awards   |   LinkedIn

Louise Hodgson is Executive Director of The Undergraduate Awards (UA), the only pan-discipline academic awards programme operating internationally.

UA identifies and empowers the world's top students across the sciences, business, humanities and creative arts, and is rapidly expanding around the world having been founded in Ireland in 2008. In 2013, Louise edited a best-selling book, New Thinking, New Ireland, featuring contributions from young Irish high-achievers. She is also the founder of #Fifty50, an initiative that champions equal gender balance for conference speakers in Ireland.

Kieran Walsh

Co-Founder of WhatSalon   |   LinkedIn

Kieran Walsh is e-commerce entrepreneur with a focus on the beauty and cosmetic industry in Ireland.

He has over 9 years of industry experience and has been a part of funding, concept, design and development for many projects. He is the Co-Founder of the successful mobile app, WhatSalon and co founder of National Beauty Distribution, one of Irelands leading PR and distribution firms for emerging beauty and cosmetic brands.

Ernest Cantillon


Ernest Cantillon is the director at some of corks favorite bars & restaurants such as Electric and Sober Lane and he was previously the President of the Cork Business Association.

He is the founder BTS Hospitality Management Services and is a former UCC student who studied commerce. His outstanding marketing & social media campaigns have gotten himself and his business noticed nationwide and abroad everywhere from the Irish examiner to the CNBC and ABC news in the US. He was also involved in bringing the first Startup Weekend to Cork back in 2013!

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