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Growing Galway's Startup Community


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Social Sciences Research Centre Conference 2016 / ILAS, NUI Galway / 20th October 2016

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Growing Galway's Startup Community

  1. 1. Growing Galway’s Startup Community @JohnBreslin @Tech_Innovate @NUIGalway @PorterShed @GalwayCity @StartupGalway Guillom at commons.wikimedia
  2. 2. We learned from... • “Startup Communities” by Brad Feld • All about the Boulder, CO ecosystem – Slightly larger than Galway, 100k people – One of most entrepreneurial cities in US – I was there two weeks ago… alecperkins at flickr
  3. 3. The Boulder Thesis 1. Entrepreneurs must lead the startup community 2. The leaders must have a long-term commitment 3. The startup community must be inclusive of anyone who wants to participate in it 4. The startup community must have continual activities that engage the entire entrepreneurial stack Molas at commons.wikimedia
  4. 4. Participants Entrepreneurs Government Universities Investors Mentors Service Providers Large Companies Leaders and Feeders HM Marsh at British Library's Picturing Canada
  5. 5. Activities and events • Office Hours: • Boulder Denver New Tech Meetup: Startup Galway Tech Meetup • Boulder StartupDigest: Galway StartupDigest • Startup Weekend (three so far in Galway) • Boulder Beta: Demo Bar / Galway Beta • Boulder Open Coffee Club: Galway Open Coffee (needs reboot) • Ignite Boulder: Ignite Galway (needs reboot) • CU New Venture Challenge: ? • Boulder Startup Week: ? • Entrepreneurs Foundation of CO: ? • Young Entrepreneurs Organization: ? Geraldshields11 at commons.wikimedia
  6. 6. Startup Galway • Startup Galway Tech Meetups – Pat Phelan, Dermot Berkery, Declan Ganley, Iseult Ward, Paul Kenny, Christopher Byrne, Sean O’Sullivan, Siobhan Maughan, Bob Rosenberg, Gareth Keane, Mareese Keane • Startup Galway Tech Workshops • Startup Galway Pitching Meetups Me
  7. 7. New spaces in Galway • SuperPixel Labs coworking spaces • Bank of Ireland Workbench coworking space • Bank of Ireland startlab • Galway City Innovation District – PorterShed coworking space (2016) – PorterShed accelerator (2017) flynn_nrg at flickr
  8. 8. PorterShed David Ruffles
  9. 9. NUI Galway • Entrepreneurship Society • Blackstone LaunchPad – Supporting undergraduate entrepreneurship • BioInnovate, TechInnovate, more… toms at flickr
  10. 10. TechInnovate Aengus McMahon
  11. 11. Tech ecosystems Me at
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  15. 15. Let’s build it! • Our Startup Galway website tagline is “building an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Galway” • Building a website is not enough – Build it and they won’t necessarily come • We need life in the ecosystem, through commitment, participation, and continual activities Mayqel at commons.wikimedia