Startup Gathering Cork 2015 launched

By Business & Finance
27 April 2015
Startup Gathering Cork
Pictured at the launch are Siobhan Finn, Startup Gathering Cork City coordinator and director of Cork innovates; Eoin Costello, CEO, Startup Ireland; and Albert Diggin, area manager, Bank of Ireland Cork.

The Startup Gathering is a national expo promoting entrepreneurship, while also showcasing Ireland’s startup sector to a domestic and international audience.

Five cities in Ireland have been chosen to host the Startup Gathering 2015 with the Cork Region’s Gathering expected to draw significant numbers on October 7th 2015.

From October 5th-10th next, a City Region Open Day will host a day-long series of events in each of the five city regions facilitating a week-long series of focused events and initiatives around the country which will be promoted to national and international audiences.

The week-long Startup Gathering is a national expo promoting entrepreneurship and showcasing Ireland’s startup sector to a domestic and international audience, with the theme ‘Start, Scale, Succeed in Ireland’. Over 50 events will be held nationally supported by the Startup Ireland Partnership and with the sponsorship of Bank of Ireland.

Cork innovates, whose vision has always been to enhance the positioning of the Cork region as a place which offers entrepreneurs globally and locally the best environment to start, grow and stay their business successfully is a natural vehicle to promote the Cork City Region Open Day during the Gathering Expo week and Cork innovates Project Director, Siobhán Finn, has already been appointed to the role of Startup Gathering Cork City Region Co-ordinator by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation.

The goal for the Startup Gathering 2015 is to facilitate in excess of 50 events and networking opportunities nationally during the week for at least 15,000 members of the Irish public and international visitors and so supporting conditions for the creation of at least 2,500 new jobs in the following 12 months.

The five cities involved in the Startup Gathering are Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford, and over 50 events are expected to be held in October 2015 promoting entrepreneurship and showcasing Ireland’s startup sector to more than 15,000 people. The Startup Gathering initiative is the only private sector initiative backed by the Government in the Action Plan for Jobs 2015.

Bank of Ireland is fully committed to the development of the startup community across the country. Startup activity is a key driver of economic success and with two thirds of all new jobs created by startups during their first 5 years of activity, Bank of Ireland is delighted to work with Startup Ireland and Cork innovates in delivering this exciting new project for the Irish start up community,” said Albert Diggin, Bank of Ireland Area Manager (Cork).