3 events, 4 days, 1 weekend of startup innovation
Startups, Investors, Seasoned Entrepreneurs – they’re all headed for Cork, Ireland!
18 -19 November
As part of this year’s Global Startup Gathering, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, organisers will host an intensive startup bootcamp on Spike Island, off the coast of Cork.
Startup Island is about bringing together the brightest startups and putting them in a challenging environment to fast track business success. Ireland’s newest unconference will connect startups with seasoned mentors and international VCs to challenge the way startups think.
Leading entrepreneurs will offer key business insights and share their own startup stories with a choice of topics up for discussion. Attendees will drive the discussions around five key themes: business model; people and networks; marketing; selling; and scaling and funding.
With an adaptive agenda and hands-on approach, startups will pool together their knowledge and draw on real life experiences to provide practical solutions.
Collaborate – Some of the best startups and entrepreneurs will come together to share their own startup journeys and experiences.
Participate – Real entrepreneurs sharing real stories of success and failure. You determine the discussions, so get involved.
Activate – Startup Island is not an ordinary conference. Be part of it and obtain practical actions that you can activate within your business.
Build your resilience on Startup Island and learn how to survive the startup journey.
17 - 20 November
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.
See the full agenda here
Winning Startup receives prize to the value of €50,000
Shortlisted Irish and international entrepreneurs and startups will battle it out at regional finals as part of the CorkBIC Global Investor Challenge. Up to fifteen finalists will go head to head on Startup Island on Friday 18 November, with 3 finalists pitching at the Startup Nations Summit Gala Dinner 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 CorkBIC, the competition is for startups that are ready for, and seeking, investment and there are a limited number of places available at the Dublin and Cork regional finals. All finalists will have a unique opportunity to receive clear advice and guidance on how to improve their investor proposition from Investors and Seasoned Entrepreneurs at the CorkBIC EBAN Invest Horizon Venture Academy® on Nov 17
Applications for the CorkBIC Global Investor Challenge have now closed. Best of luck to all entrants!
Mentors @ Startup Island
Reception and Networking Event
Delegates meet and greet their fellow GEN member 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.
Startup Island tickets
Startup Island is about bringing the brightest startups together, and putting them in a challenging environment to fast-track business success.
With an adaptive agenda and hands-on approach, startups will pool together their knowledge of specific themes and draw on real life experience to provide practical solutions which they can activate in their own business.
Startups willing to collaborate, participate and activate should apply below for tickets.
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