2015 marks the first year of Startup Gathering , a nationwide Irish event promoting entrepreneurship and developing world class regional startup hubs to accelerate the growth of startups and scaleups in Ireland. It’s set to be one of the biggest startup events 2015 will see and isn’t to be missed. Events will take place from October 5th to 10th throughout Ireland. This is a list from us at WP Carers of the “5 Reasons We Can’t Wait for Startup Gathering”.
1. Startup City Map
As a part of the Startup Gathering event, Startup Ireland produced an incredible resource for those involved in startups. The Startup Map is a clear infographic of Ireland’s Startup ecosystem. It provides a visual depiction of all resources available to startups on the island of Ireland. There are Startup Maps available for Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford, Belfast and Derry.
2. All Irish Cities Have Startup Events 2015
Business events in Ireland have long focused on Dublin as the only major player in the Irish economy, to the detriment of businesses based in other Irish cities. Startup Gathering will have events in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford, and have dedicated city co-ordinators in each of those cities to strengthen the startup sector in their area.
3. Media Attention to Horizon 2021 Ireland
Ireland is the fastest growing economy in Europe, but despite that impressive title, we haven’t made any of the top startup city shortlists. Ireland already has a vibrant startup culture, but we must project the activities of the startup sector in a coordinated manner in order for the international media to take notice. Startup Gathering will put the world’s eyes on Irish startups, increasing the interest in this invaluable sector of our economy.
4. Incorporates Main Irish Industries
Startup Gathering places specific focus on Ireland’s 5 most established sectors: ICT, Medical Devices, Biopharma, Agri/Food and Business Services. This will lead to more startups in these industries, creating ‘strength in depth’ in line with the Horizon 2021 Ireland goals.
5. Progress Already
Even before the Startup Gathering itself has taken place, there’s evidence of the buzz around the event making steps in the right direction. There has been a recent increase in the amount of co-working spaces for startups in Dublin, such as the stunning space built by Dogpatch Labs under the CHQ building . Also, there are already campaigns for improved infrastructure to make Dublin a more accessible startup city. There’s a petition to create a direct flight from Dublin to Tel-Aviv , an international start-up hub.