Startup 2015: Gathering events through-out Cork city and county

Tyndall's MakerDojo, which brings technology challenges down to size, with workshops for schoolgoes and the general public.

Here’s a quick summary of some of the events that you could go along to during the Startup Gathering in the coming week.

Tyndall’s MakerDojo -  Next generation of techies

Taking place next Tuesday, October 6, at 3.30pm, in the MakerSpace at Tyndall National Institute, this event aims to encourage the general public and secondary schools to join MakerDojo.

MakerDojo is a hardware or ‘hacker’- style club which explores science and technology in a hands-on, self-directed fashion.

Bringing together the device-oriented expertise of Tyndall and the Maker culture of its partners, Biomaker Fórma and DesignerDojo, MakerDojo gives the public a chance to experiment with technology and explore innovative ideas.

Maker culture is a technology-based extension of the DIY culture.

Typical interests include electronics, robotics, 3-D printing, as well as metalwork, woodwork, and traditional arts and crafts. The subculture stresses new and unique applications of technologies, and encourages invention and prototyping. There is a strong focus on using and learning practical skills and applying them creatively.

The launch event at Tyndall will feature four or five tables of different Maker tables. Students will make different devices, led by different experts. The first workshop will be followed by a few short words from Kieran Drain, CEO, Maker kids, Tyndall Maker.

A dojo (literally ‘place of the way’, Japanese) is a place where students gather to learn martial arts. CoderDojo is an open source, volunteer led, global movement of free coding clubs for young people. It was founded in Cork in 2011 by James Whelton and Bill Liao and has now grown to 464 dojos in 47 countries.

CoderDojo has illustrated that the supposedly ‘difficult’ subject of software engineering can be brought to a young public audience.

The Tyndall MakerDojo will run two workshops per month, one for TY classes and one for the public.

IrishStartupTV - Startup interviews online

Paul Brugger, CEO BizTweet based at the Rubicon Centre in CIT meets Richard Donelan of IrishStartupTV as part of the Startup Gathering Cork interview series.

Newly founded by Richard Donelan to create a platform for small business leaders to share their ‘founder’ stories, IrishStartUpTV also features a lot of Startup Gathering 21015 interviews.

With many years of experience working with startups and SMEs, Richard realised that it can be very difficult for startups to find their voice in the noisy and competitive media environment. He decided to put his own media knowledge, and digital and videography skills, to use by creating IrishStartUp.TV as a platform for founders to share and for viewers to learn from their experiences.

By providing access to successful entrepreneurs, IrishStartUp.TV helps to satisfy the huge curiosity and fascination not just of the general public, eager to better understand what a ‘startup’ actually is, but from growing number of ‘wannapreneurs’, eager to get involved. Richard recently spent some time in Cork meeting with many of the region’s startups and successful entrepreneurs.

For more, see:

Web: IrishStartUp.TV

Twitter: @IrishStartUpTV


CorkBIC - Venture academy event

Bill Liao, attending CorkBic’s Venture Academy Conference next Monday.

CorkBIC is a private-sector led organisation, set up to identify and build knowledge intensive companies based on promising technology and capable innovative people. It plays a hands-on role helping entrepreneurs navigate the minefield of raising finance, sorting out business propositions, arranging agreements with shareholders and investors, and, perhaps most important of all, finding customers.

CorkBIC has worked with clients like Green Saffron, Radisens Diagnostics, Aventamed, Teamwork, Inhance technology, Veronica’s Snacks among many others.

During Startup Gathering 2015, CorkBIC is organising a Venture Academy Conference on Monday next, October 5, in the Clarion Hotel.

Participants include Bill Liao, Australian entrepreneur, venture capital investor and most recently founder of IndieBio Xcelr8r; Julian Costley, former co-founding CEO of E*TRADE UK, founding CEO Globecast NE, founding MD Computer Channel BSkyB, country manager Reuters, and now professional angel investor; members of Ireland’s most active angel investment syndicate, Cork-based Boole Investments; as well as companies who recently raised investment and serial entrepreneurs.

CIT - Eco-system for student entrepreneurs

CIT has a well-developed entrepreneurship and innovation eco-system committed to assisting student entrepreneurs and new business start-ups on campus and in the region.

CIT’s Rubicon Centre is one of Ireland’s leading business incubators, and houses 52 knowledge-based start-up companies, employing over 220 people.

It operates a number of successful programmes such as New Frontiers (two phases), and the Enterprise Ireland Exxcel programme for women entrepreneurs in the science, technology, engineering, and maths disciplines.

The CIT eco-system is also supported by The Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence which conducts research, training and education activities in all aspects of enterprise and entrepreneurship development.

Its scope covers: start-ups, micro, small and large businesses, not-for- profits, corporate and family businesses, educators, enterprise support agencies, students and the public sector.

The centre secured a number of EU, industry and postgraduate-funded projects in research areas such as entrepreneurship education; gender and entrepreneurship; senior entrepreneurship, marine tourism business development and firm growth and competitiveness.

On campus, CIT students have access to a wide array of entrepreneurial options:

- CIT Prize for Innovation: which is funded by the local enterprise offices (South Cork, Cork City, North Cork and West Cork). All members of the college’s large student body are encouraged to come up with business ideas and build business plans and prototypes.

- Innovation Week: Run in March every year this is a campus-wide promotion of innovation.

- The Apprentice Competition engages and rewards students with excellent ideas for smart phone apps.

- Student Inc: Allows students to spend the summer in the Rubicon Centre working full-time on their ideas/businesses

- CIT Enterprise Camp: A summer camp for 14-16- year olds who want to learn more about starting their own business.

From Unemployment to Self-Employment - Harness your own potential

Gillen Joyce, Titanic Experience; Ryan Howard, SECAD; Pa Twomey, Farm Fresh Foods, who have been supported in their successful business by South and East Cork area Development (SECAD).

Taking place next Thursday, October 8, from 10.00am to 12.30pm, the title of the ‘From Unemployment to Self-Employment’ event is self-explanatory.

If you have a great business idea, or you have thought about starting your own business, but just really aren’t sure how to move to the next step — then this event is tailor made for you.

The partners in the event — Cork City Partnership, SECAD (South & East Cork Area Development) and The Department of Social Protection — will present the number of ways in which your business idea can become a reality.

Partner presentations will include information on the Back to Work Enterprise Allowances, as well as soft supports from mentoring, training, starting your own business courses, to making applications for funding all at this morning briefing.

There will also be a number of presentations by people, just like you, who had an idea and turned it into a real business.

These self-employed people will share their practical advice, warn of pitfalls and challenges, and present their pathway to success in business.

There is no charge for this event, and all are welcome to attend. The Startup Gathering in Cork is all about supporting you, and this event will do just that!

For more: or contact any one of the event partners

SECAD:; or contact Toni McCaul on 021 4613432

Cork City Partnership:

Call Tony O’Regan on 021 430 2310; or visit:

Gateway UCC - UCC companies pass the 150 jobs mark

Myriam Cronin, Gateway UCC centre manager, and Richard Fernandez, CEO Luxcel Biosciences.

Since opening in 2011, GATEWAY UCC, the purpose-built, state-of-the-art Innovation and Incubation Centre based at UCC, has “supported over 25 startups, which between them now employ 150 people and contribute an estimated 12 million in wages and 3.5 million in tax annually to the economy,” explains manager Myriam Cronin.

Cronin says the centre “supports spin-out startups from the University, which use the IP generated here by the Research Centres such as INFANT, APC and Tyndall. We also support spin-in companies and high potential startups.” The centre is home to a number of Enterprise Ireland-supported high potential startups including Luxcel Biosciences and Alimentary Health, Atlantia Food Trials (who are in the process of expanding to new facilities) and former home to Metabolomic Diagnostics, all spin-outs of UCC all these companies are founded on world class research conducted in UCC and are targeting global markets.

GATEWAY UCC also provides hot desk spaces for entrepreneurs and emerging start-ups at the per-start up stage, providing a stimulating environment to nurture and explore the feasibility of their business opportunity and is fast becoming a hub of knowledge transfer activities in the areas of IT, ICT, medtech, food, pharma, bio, wearable technologies and renewable energy.

“We collaborate with our strategic partners in the business community in the region, including Enterprise Ireland, Local Enterprise Offices, CorkBIC, Cork Chamber, Business Angel and VC networks, Cork City and County Councils, working constantly towards creating an eco-system to benefit our client companies,” Cronin says. “ It is about getting the client from having a viable opportunity it can exploit, all the way to getting that product into the global marketplace.”

Many of these companies scale with VC funding and become the acquisition targets for the multi-national community. The facility also actively supports startups and entrepreneurs by providing a uniquely supportive ecosystem for start-up through its programme of business supports.

Such supports include mentoring and business coaching, access to financial advice and startup funding, specialist seminars, workshops, introduction to venture-capital opportunities, business angel networks and access to UCC’s network of researchers and excellent support through linkages into academic departments.

CORK CHAMBER - Speed networking event

Leigh Gillen, events manager Cork Chamber, Diarmuid Lynch, Bank of Ireland SOuth Mall, Derek Horgan, Bank of Ireland Patrick Street, launching the Speed-Up Start-Up speed networking even to take place during Start-up Gathering Week.

Cork Chamber and Bank of Ireland are joining forces on October 6, from noon, with a special highly energised event for Startup Gathering 2015 — offering participants the chance to make up to 20 new business contacts in a fast-paced networking environment.

‘Speed networking’ is a more structured form of networking where you have 1.5 minutes each side to pitch your business and make connections for both buying and selling.

This is a practical event for SMEs, giving participants a chance to speed network and meet new business contacts as well as receive referrals and renew existing connections.

Cork Chamber CEO, Conor Healy, said: “We have many startups in our membership base and work with them to maximise our supports to network, learn and grow their business from a Cork base — not only is this good for them individually but also the wider business community as fresh new ideas, innovative products and services ignite us all.”

Cork Chamber said that it is proud to host the Cork innovates initiative and see the strength of this project grow as part the national Start-Up Gathering programme.

The chamber said that the Chamber Network has long been calling for support focused on entrepreneurship and described the rationalised, approach in next week’s series of events as an excellent way to put Ireland on the map.

Due to the nature of the speed networking next Tuesday, only one representative from each company can take part.

Places for this event are very limited, and can be booked online at

This event is open to members of the public as well as members of the Cork Chamber.

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