Startup Grind rolls into Dublin

22 Aug 2012

Startup Grind, a movement that began in Silicon Valley with monthly events happening every month in 20 cities worldwide, is holding its first meetup in Dublin on 19 September.

The movement is gathering pace and it plans to expand to 30 cities worldwide by 2013.

Each meetup features a fireside chat with guest of interest to entrepreneurs and the first event will feature Sean O’Sullivan of SOSVentures and cloud firm Avego. O’Sullivan was credited last year by MIT for co-coining the term ‘Cloud Computing’ and he is currently campaigning the State to establish a Technology Visa which he believes could help generate 100,000 new jobs in Ireland.

Darren Mulvihill, head of Seed Investing at the Lucey Fund, will play host to the Irish chapter, with the first event taking place on 19 September at Telefonica’s Wayra Academy in Dublin’s Docklands.

“Derek Andersen founded Startup Grind in 2010 and we randomly got talking about raising seed money on Twitter one day. We stayed in touch and I thought it was an amazing idea to have a regular speaking engagement that could potentially inform the community and inspire founders and potential entrepreneurs – almost like a college society for tech people.”

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years