Start Up City Dublin co-creation event to support the enterprise ecosystem in the capital of Ireland



Start Up City Dublin charrette event with Dublin City Council 3-5 July 2013


Startup City will be launched by Lord Mayor Cllr Oisin Quinn on Wednesday at 12.45 in the Digital Hub, Crane Street, Dublin 8.

 I am delighted to be supporting this event through working with the business participants and Dublin City Enterprise Board, and being a member of the StartUp City team.


 A co-creation event to redesign City supports for enterprise


 How can Dublin effectively encourage, support and create opportunities for the city’s startups and entrepreneurs?  How can the city systems and resources be used to develop new business ideas? By sharing our experiences and skills can we quickly design initiatives that will make a real difference?

 Irish enterprise support  has traditionally been provided by a range of diverse national and local bodies, however  the Dublin startup support system is changing.  Dublin City Council has a new role in directly supporting the Local Enterprise Offices (LEO’s) and the Digital Hub. 

 This changing environment gives the opportunity to examine how these and other city systems, resources and assets could be leveraged to support early business development and social entrepreneurs.

 Dublin City Council has invited key stakeholders connected to the Start Up community to get involved in addressing these challenges. Over 2½ days, representatives from city businesses and others, Dublin City Council, the City Enterprise Board, public sector bodies and industry professionals will develop solutions to these challenges and pitch them to a judging panel.


  The Digital Hub, Crane Street, Dublin 8.

 We are delighted to announce Toby Scott of Know Innovation and Joanne Hession  of QED Training and QED International as keynote speakers on Wednesday afternoon.  We will also be joined by a panel of home grown start-ups – including Graham Clarke of , Yinka Rahman of , Jason Roe of , Mark Loftus of International Life Ireland, Tom Ponsonby of and Jason Tully of   who will share their experiences and challenges.

 On Thursday, as teams get working addressing the challenge, they will learn practical tools and techniques from Ré Dubhthaigh of Civic Works and  Monica Contreras and Andrea Di Marco of the  Institute without Boundaries.  They will also be supported by a range of facilitators, visualisers and  topic experts  as you formulate up solutions and opportunities for Dublin’s entrepreneurs.

 Other business participants and team members are

 Keith McDonnell, of Extreme Ireland

 Audrey Hughes of PrincipleHR

 Carol Cregg of SEDA College

 Graham Clarke of Kooky Dough

 Paul Haycock of Paul Haycock & Associates

 Alison Hackett, writer

 David FitzGerald of Scapegoat Design

 Kevin Loaec of Reinventing the wallet

 Aidan MacDonnell of Synergy Stocktaking

 Paul Byrne of Optophonic

 John Bourke of Col Lab

 Conor Quinn of Bikesnug

 Anna Young of  Accents Coffee & Tea Lounge

 Noreen O’Hare

 Ailbhe Roche of the Irish Whiskey Museum

 Friday will see the results of their hard work presented to a distinguished panel of StartUp partners and city companies

Eva Byrne of , 

Cora Barnes of and

Agata Stoinska

chaired by the Dublin City Manager Philip Maguire.


On behalf of the Startup Team in Dublin City Council, the Dublin City Enterprise Board, The Institute Without Boundaries and the Digital Hub we look forward to working with the teams this week . 

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 Billy Linehan of Celtar

“business advice in Dublin”



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