StartApp competition spots now available until 20 May

12 May 2014

The date for applications to the upcoming StartApp start-up competition in Belfast and Dublin has been extended until 20 May.

Philip McNamara is the founder of StartApp. Aside from being involved in start-up work in Ireland, he has helped co-found four companies in Ireland, the UK and Silicon Valley, California.

Now, McNamara is calling on Irish start-ups to participate in a programme that aims to foster dialogue and collaboration between innovators, researchers, investors and industry, with the overall winners of the event being awarded investment and guidance in the Silicon Valley environment.

Taking place in Belfast on 3 June and in Dublin on 4 June, the competition will consist of mentoring workshops, pitching opportunities, and marketing guidance, and aims to bring together entrepreneurs, investors and leaders within the technology space.

Some of the top prizes on offer for the best start-ups include office space in RocketSpace, one of San Francisco, California’s leading incubator hubs, membership in car-sharing service Zipcar, mentoring and pitch help with leaving venture capitalists, and, of course, further mentoring from top CEOs in Silicon Valley.

A panel of judges, including venture capitalist Bill Tai, CEO of Cloud Car Konstantin Othmer, Bitcoin entrepreneur Sean Percival and others, will decide the teams’ fate.

Participants will be judged across a number of criteria, including the value of the product, its marketability, and a demo of its user interface.

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic