Return of the sixth: Uprise start-up festival coming to Dublin in October

12 May 2017

The audience decides during the pitch battle at the recent Uprise 5 Festival in Amsterdam. Image: Uprise

The sixth Uprise start-up festival will return to Dublin in October.

Paul O’Connell’s Uprise 6 Festival is putting out a call for 2,500 people from the European tech talent pool to travel to Dublin on 26 October 2017.

The sixth festival follows a successful Uprise 5 in Amsterdam, which had 142 speakers and 120 start-ups on show.

‘80 start-ups to scale-ups will populate the start-up marketplace’

Limerick native O’Connell held his fourth Uprise last year, which took place at the RDS in Dublin for the first time.

Both local and international start-ups were on show, and an intense pitch battle saw UK start-up Smith & Sinclair prevail over Carlow-based start-up Cyc-Lok, maker of an ingenious bicycle security system.

Talent for Tech

Return of the sixth: Uprise start-up festival coming to Dublin in October

The start-up marketplace at Uprise in Amsterdam last month. Image: Uprise

O’Connell said he is launching 2,500 free ‘Talent for Tech’ tickets and aims to bring together 5,000 attendees in total. Interested techies are encouraged to apply here.

Returning partners to the event include Bank of Ireland, Microsoft, Oracle and Google, all of which will be providing mentorship to start-ups.

“This edition will see four new Content Stages dedicated to panels, workshops, firesides and investment sessions with over 100 European speakers on stage during the day-long event,” said O’Connell.

“80 start-ups to scale-ups will populate the marketplace with enterprise partners subsidising clustered stands and offering resources to the growing companies.”

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