It was all business at the recent Startup Weekend where out of 95 entrepreneurs, 41 pitches and 10 final teams, Taskee emerged as the overall winner.
Startup Weekend is now in its ninth year globally and has introduced close to 250,000 people, with 23,000 teams formed in more than 150 countries.
The event – which brings budding entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts together to brainstorm ideas and turn them into businesses within 72 hours – is supported by Google for Entrepreneurs globally, and by Bank of Ireland across Ireland.
‘Supporting Startup Weekend in Ireland is incredibly important, as it is one of the first ways in which new people are introduced to the Irish tech start-up community’
– GENE MURPHY
Last weekend saw a mix of ideas – that had been validated with the help of great coaches from across the Irish tech start-up scene – emerge to compete at Google’s Foundry building in Dublin.
In front of an audience of 250 people, ideas ranging from diabetes support platforms to home gardening apps were pitched on stage.
Taking first place was Taskee, a web platform that matches people and businesses with the student community.
Runners-up included DiaBeatIT, a platform to help diabetes patients get a clearer understanding of their health in real time; and in third place was Recieptify, which helps consumers and businesses bring order to the chaos of collecting receipts.
The winning team will showcase their company at the upcoming Uprise Festival 5 in Amsterdam and will be mentored by Techstars coaches.
The next and final Startup Weekend for 2016 takes place on 25-27 November at the co-working location DoSpace based in the Silicon Docks area. Startup Weekend Education is a special edition concentrating on education, and tickets are now available here.
“Supporting Startup Weekend in Ireland is incredibly important, as it is one of the first ways in which new people are introduced to the Irish tech startup community,” said Gene Murphy, lead organiser of Startup Weekend Dublin and entrepreneur in residence at Bank of Ireland.
“Startup Weekend has taken place for the last seven years across Ireland and we are very happy to support it at Bank of Ireland,” added Murphy.