Saturday, 16 May 2015

Key Stakeholders Convene across the Country to Accelerate Ireland’s Entrepreneurship Goals

Representatives from multi-national companies, large corporates, local Government, Universities, Institutes of Technology and the startup community are gathering across the country next week in a series of ‘Town Hall’ meetings to accelerate the goals of the Startup Gathering 2015.

With the aim of being 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.

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.

Ahead of the Town Hall Meetings, Minister Nash who chairs the Startup Gathering National Steering Group said“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.”

“But, equally importantly is supporting and assisting our home grown startups to achieve their full potential. I believe the regional nature of the Startup Gathering with five major cities and other urban locations hosting five days of events will bring this message to every part of Ireland and dovetails with the Regional Action Plan for Jobs we are rolling out this year.”

Eoin Costello, CEO of Startup Ireland said “The Town Hall meetings taking place across Ireland next 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 said “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 help accelerate the goals of the 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

@StartupIreland #SG2015