Galway to host Startup Weekend 25-27 April

4 Apr 2014

From 25-27 April, Galway will be hosting the Startup Weekend, an event aimed at getting the most out of entrepreneurs in the space of 54 hours and encouraging their own start-ups.

The event is a global grassroots movement of up-and-coming entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures and is currently one of the largest community of entrepreneurs with over 1,800 past events in 120 countries around the world as of 2014.

This is the first time that Google have sponsored the event and will be welcoming Ireland’s potential start-ups to the Galway Business School in Salthill and the organisers claim that teams will “organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation.”

The marathon weekend will include speakers and judges of the start-ups ideas from a variety of different Irish backgrounds including Paul Gilson, a medical device entrepreneur and co-founder and CSO of Galway-based Novate Medical and Barry O’Sullivan, CEO of cloud company Altocloud.

As like many start-up events, there will be a number of mentors there to guide and inform any projects that might be relevant to their ideas.

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic