Friday, 23 December 2016

Exciting times for Irish Tech

Startup Ireland shared an overview of this years tech in Ireland. 2016 proved to be an exciting year with the Global Startup Gathering taking place in Cork in November. More than 1,000 delegates from over 60 countries attended.

The event, generously supported by Bank of Ireland, saw international delegates attend the Startup Nations Summit, which was held in Europe for the first time, as well as Startup Island, an intensive two-day business bootcamp for startups on Spike Island. Irish and international startups also took part in the CorkBIC Global Investor Challenge, which saw the winning startup awarded a €50,000 prizefund.

The Startup Nations Summit delegates attended over 15 meetings and events across Cork with the focus on better enabling high impact entrepreneurship. As well as addressing global issues facing startups, the event gave a key insight into Ireland’s startup environment, particularly locally in Cork.

Medical devices startup, Skellig Surgical, fought off stiff competition in the CorkBIC Global Investor Challenge to win the overall prize, with ComfyLight and FruitCubed narrowly missing out on the top spot. Skellig Surgical is focused on the design and commercialisation of user-centred, minimally-invasive technology. Its flagship product is SecuRetract, a disposable bowel retractor.

Meanwhile Startup Island brought 150 global startups together for an intensive business bootcamp on Spike Island, off the coast of Cork. The two-day event saw participants pooling their knowledge and sharing their experiences of the startup journey, as well as receiving first-hand insights from seasoned mentors, investors and business leaders. The agenda focused on developing resilient business models, self-reliant leadership, marketing and networks. The unique event also saw attendees pushed outside their comfort zones by Spike Adventure.

Plans are already underway to develop the Irish startup space further throughout 2017.