Spark2Start


FREE 1 day event for Early Stage Startups! Meet and learn from Technology Specialists, VCs, Business Angels, Accelerators, Incubators, Co-Working places, Tax, Legal and Government Agencies from the start-up ecosystem in Dublin and beyond.


Startup pitches

The perfect Product/Market Fit: How to Test Your Idea - workshop

Ask Me Anything-sessions with investors, Enterprise Ireland, Local Enterprise Offices, NDRC, DogPatch, Guinness Enterprise Centre, Science Foundation Ireland

Startup Expert Fireside chat - Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Startup Founder?

Technology Expert Info Session -  
What Can Research Centres Do For Start-ups?


...and much more

When? Saturday 1st October  9h30AM-4PM

Where? Kindly hosted by Guinness Enterprise Centre (GEC), Dublin 8

What? Meet and learn from Technology Specialists, VCs, Business Angels, Accelerators, Incubators, Co-Working places, Tax, Legal and Government Agencies from the start-up ecosystem in Dublin and beyond.

Agenda

09h30 Welcome & Registration

10h00 Intro Spark2Start

Ray Walshe: Spark2Start and senior researcher Insight Centre for Data Analytics DCU and Start-up Project Specialist 


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Silviu Preoteasa: (Entrepreneurs Anonymous) Chairman of the 4000+ member strong Dublin community with regular events for founders, business angel and marketing technology specialist in the travel sector.

Eamonn Sayers: (Guinness Enterprise Centre, GEC) Eamonn is the manager of GEC and works with Founders, Directors and Managers of clients including small entrepreneurial start ups / early stage companies, state development agencies, not for profit organisations and commercial businesses in the areas of strategy, business planning, general management, fundraising and investment.


10h15 - 10h45 Startup Expert Panel - Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Startup Founder?

Brian Caulfield: Serial technology entrepreneur turned venture capital investor

Anne Lanigan: Manager, High Potential Start Ups, Enterprise Ireland

Max Thiel: Co-founder Event.Cards and Entrepreneurs Anonymous' Head of Member Success

Andrew Parish - Connect Ireland 

Patrick Leddy

Moderated by Ray Walshe: founder Spark2Start

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Technology Expert Info Session -

What Can Research Centres Do For Start-ups?

Representatives from research centres present ways on how they can help your business:

The Insight Centre for Data Analytics: Insight is one of Europe's largest data analytics research organisations, with 350 researchers, more than 40 industry partners and over 88 million Euros of funding. The Insight Centre can help businesses organise and access information better.

Adapt: a dynamic research centre that combines the world-class expertise of researchers at four universities (Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, University College Dublin and Dublin Institute of Technology) with that of its industry partners to produce ground-breaking digital content innovations.

With EUR50m in new research funding from SFI and industry, ADAPT research and technologies will help businesses in all sectors to manage, personalise and deliver digital content more effectively

LERO: the Irish software engineering research centre bringing together leading software research teams from Universities and Institutes of Technology in a coordinated centre of research excellence with a strong industry focus.

CONNECT: is a research centre for future networks and communications. CONNECT provides tight project management of all research conducted in collaboration with our industry partners. Dedicated Industry Programme Managers work with our Industry Advisory Board, Targeted Project Committee, and Testbed Management Committee to provide strong oversight of this work. CONNECT also has expertise in preparing tailored IP and contractual arrangements.

Moderated by Stephen O'Driscoll

10h45 - 11h00 Coffee Break with Complimentary Coffee and Cronuts by Krust Bakery


11h00 - 11h20 Guest talk

John McGrane Founder of NSI Technology, a tech start-up and a Board Director at Dublin Chamber of Commerce , The British Irish Chamber of Commerce and a number of charities


11h20 - 11h45 Guest talk: Managing a High Growth Business

Jonathan Mills (Director E-Business Development Isle of Man Government, former MD of Inspired Gaming International and co-founder of Trinity Technology (acquired by Eircom))


11h45 - 12h30 5 Start-up Pitches 5 minutes + 5 minutes of Q&A with the audience.

We Savvy: WeSavvy is providing insurance products where you can get rewarded on your insurance policy when you walk, run or cycle.

Performance Tracking Solutions: PTS use wearable technology in a dedicated personal health and fitness application.

Trezeo: Trezeo is a FinTech startup aiming to reinvent Banking for the Sharing Economy. Trezeo will offer unique services to participants in the sharing economy that will help them save time, be more efficient, and make smart decisions when managing their finances.

Ballzey: The brand new game to play while watching live sport. Predict the outcomes of situations occurring during live sport, put your knowledge and instincts to the test and win big!

Dynamic Reservations: A mobile app for consumers that makes booking travel personable and simple. Combining artificial intelligence with human interaction and expertise to produce  Enhanced Travel Assistance.

12h30 -13h30 Lunch Break

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13h30 - 14h30 How To Develop A Product That People Want To Use And Pay For - workshop with Max Thiel (Co-founder Event.Cards)

Learn how to assess product-market fit using various measurements and concepts. Find out why and when to use sales, marketing, and design practices to get valuable feedback to improve your product.

See why testing and quick iterations are effective.

Discover what's important when analyzing your market and target customers.

Learn how to build a product and attract paying customers before you've reached product-market fit.

Parallell session 

Garret Flower, founder and CEO of Parkpnp, Ireland's first mobile parking platform


14h30 - 16h00

Co-Founder Speed Dating & Networking facilitated by Event.Cards Network Smarter

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Startup Founding Clinic - Ask Me Anything sessions with Startup experts

Talk with some of the speakers from the day and ask your burning questions helping you go from Spark to Start.

Speakers today: 

Welcome!







WHEN

Saturday, October 1st, 2016 from 09:30

WHERE

GEC - Dublin

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