3 events, 4 days, 1 weekend of startup innovation
Startups, Investors, Seasoned Entrepreneurs – they’re all headed for Cork, Ireland!
Can you survive?
Want to know how to survive in business? Push yourself outside your comfort zone at Ireland’s newest and most extreme startup bootcamp.
Combining a disused former prison on an island off the coast of Cork, Ireland and 150 startups who want to learn the real hard truths about making it in business, Startup Island is a gritty, two-day, overnight bootcamp that will challenge the way you think.
Leading experts will put startups through their paces and host workshops to help you break out of the ordinary and develop extraordinary business models. A night in the cells will give you plenty of time to think, while networking with your ‘inmates’ could open up some unique business opportunities.
Investors, entrepreneurs, startups and experts will be thrown together on Spike Island with no escape. It’s survival of the fittest. Not everyone has what it takes. Do you?
Ireland hosts first European Startup Nations Summit
This November, Ireland will host hundreds of policy makers and global startup community leaders at the Startup Nations Summit, as it comes to Europe for the first time in its history.
From 17 – 20 November, international attendees will come together to understand and share international best practices for high impact entrepreneurs to start and scale new enterprises.
By attracting global players in the startup community to Ireland, organisers hope to push the national agenda to further support startups and scaleups, as well as raising international visibility of Ireland’s startup sector and significantly accelerating Ireland’s ambitions to become a major European startup destination.
Cork will set the stage for this four-day gathering, giving international visitors the opportunity to experience the best of what Cork has to offer, including the chance to indulge in Cork’s food culture hosted by Taste Cork.
Winning Startup receives prize to the value of €50,000
Shortlisted Irish and international entrepreneurs and startups will battle it out at regional heats in five locations across Ireland as part of the Global Investor Challenge, before ten finalists will go through to the grand final on Saturday 19 November. Entrants have the opportunity to win a €50,000 prize fund, comprising of a cash investment as well as support services for the winning startup.
Led by Cork BIC and the International Network of Business Innovation Centres, the competition is open to all startups that are ready for, and seeking, investment. The regional finals will take place in Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Waterford and Belfast on Friday 18 November, with international entrants invited to take part in an innovative online pitching contest, before finalists are chosen to go through to the grand final in Cork the following day.
Meet our most valued speakers
Reception and Networking Event
Delegates meet and greet their fellow GEN memmebr nationsJonathan Ortmans
Regional Heats continue
Startups will continue their pitching journey in Bank of Ireland branches around the country. They will have their eyes firmly fixed on the €50,000 prize.
As spaces on Startup Island are limited and to ensure we have a diverse crowd for the startup sessions, please select the type of ticket you would like below and tell us in 200 characters why you’re suitable for the island.
- After Party
Eligible for Parole
- There will be a limited number of free passes for Spike Island.
- Make your pitch – why you?
- Successful applicants will receive a reply from the Governor
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