The Global Startup Gathering, a celebration of the global startup community, is set to take place in Cork, Ireland from 18th – 20th November 2016, aiming to
- Increase global awareness of startup companies born in Ireland
- Engage international audiences in celebration of Ireland’s thriving startup sector
- Progress Ireland’s global recognition as a startup location.
Celebrations will take place across the country with Cork city setting the pace as the hub city over the three days. The weekend will build on the success of Ireland’s national celebration Startup Gathering 2015 which engaged over 18,000 individuals across 22 counties in five days.
The programme of events will include debate and discussions, pitches, workshops, immersion labs, networking opportunities, mentoring and much more while featuring global names among the guest speakers. With over 1,000 visitors expected to attend throughout the weekend, the programme of activities offers an exciting opportunity to network, build links, foster relationships and negotiate deals between entrepreneurs and innovators from startup communities’ right around the world.
The 2016 Gathering, “will broker thousands of interactions over the weekend events by bringing together startup pioneers, investors, policy makers, startup promoters, educators and representatives among global and Irish visitors.”
This Global Gathering will form part of the official programme of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), a collection of 30,000 events over one week (with 10 million participants across the network of 160+ countries). GEW celebrates those who launch startups, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. These innovators and job creators are recognised annually with week-long festivities in November, during the world’s largest celebration of entrepreneurship. Launched in 2008, The Global Entrepreneurship Week initiative has since grown to include 125 countries with 24,008 partner organizations planning 33,846 activities that directly engage millions of people each year.
One of the many highlights of the weekend is the Startup Nations Summit visiting Europe for the first time ever, co-hosted at country level by the Cork Innovates Partnership and Startup Ireland.
Previously, the Startup Nations Summit has been held in Ottawa, Canada (2012); Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2013) Seoul, Korea (2014) and Monterrey, Mexico (2015). The Summit gathers community leaders and policymakers from over 70 countries. The summit offers delegates an international forum in which to listen to, learn from and collaborate with peers on policies and programs to promote high-impact entrepreneurship.