The sights, sounds and start-ups at Uprise Festival Dublin

2 Nov 2016

After its first successful run in Dublin in October, Uprise will be returning to Dublin in November 2017. Image: Connor McKenna

Over 80 curated start-ups and 1,300 attendees mingled at Dublin’s amazing introduction to Uprise in recent weeks. Check out our video interviews from the event.

After the success of the first Uprise Festival in Dublin, founder Paul O’Connell confirmed its return for November 2017.

Limerick native O’Connell, who devised the start-ups festival in Amsterdam, said that over 1,300 attended the event. He added that 80 curated start-up companies from as far afield as Chile, Iowa, Estonia and Vienna were among those to exhibit.

“The festival was an adventure in innovation, inspiration and local talent, with an epic pitch battle, workshops, panels, buskers and much more.”

The international brigade ultimately prevailed at the Uprise Festival in Dublin with confectioners Smith & Sinclair winning the overall €5,000 prize.

Start-up ecosystems are built on creativity – Paul O’Connell

He said that Dublin City Council and Bank of Ireland, the two main partners of this year’s Uprise, are committed to the festival’s return. Following its success, the IDA and Enterprise Ireland will once again support the gala, in 2017.

“We’ve hosted Uprise in Amsterdam since 2015 and we return there in April of next year, but the reaction to our first event in Dublin was outstanding. Start-up ecosystems are a transient business built on creativity, opportunity and great connections. The companies who showcased in Dublin, and those who attended, show there’s a real appetite for this type of relaxed tech festival. We will be back in Dublin in November of next year and it will generate a new conversation around tech start-ups.”

Video interviews with some of the start-ups at Uprise

We met some of the amazing young start-ups that took part in an exhibition at the Uprise Festival in Dublin.

Companies that we spoke to included: deepstreamHub, BYOS Melissa Curry, Fetch, ChildDiary, Cyc-Lok, Dash, Fillit and Atreli.

Data science key to Ireland’s start-up ecosystem

Data science will be the magic behind database, according to Dublin start-up commissioner Niamh Bushnell.

A core team of data science experts are key to the new database, which will become a key asset and knowledge base in Ireland’s start-up journey.

The commissioner recently launched the beta version of, which featured 500 Irish start-ups and 90 investors.

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