Startup Weekend Social Innovation hits Dublin

Startup Weekend Social Inclusion comes to Dublin this month and tickets are selling out fast.

Supported by LEO Dublin City, Techstars Startup Weekend Dublin is back, with the all new theme of social innovation.

This is a 54-hour event designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs, as they come together to build startups which will be centred around creating innovative solutions to financial, social and environmental issues. Run by a diverse team of organisers including Emily O’Gorman, Daniel Kyne and Sinead O’Keeffe, the event will be a hub of innovation where students, entrepreneurs and experts alike will be given the opportunity to start a business with nothing to lose.

“The only way we can tackle the challenges of our time is by coming together collectively, working on innovative solutions and pushing for the change we need to see”

Cathal Curry – Co-founder,

Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through ideation, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekend Social Innovation culminates on Sunday when teams present their ideas in front of a panel of thought leaders from a variety of industries in Ireland who will award teams based on business model and customer validation. These include:

  • Dave Connolly – Business Advisor at LEO Dublin City
  • Furkan Karayel – Founder and CEO at

Who is Startup Weekend Social Innovation For?

Everyone! It doesn’t matter what you do or where you come from, anyone can help disrupt an industry and transform nations, regardless of what their skill set is. Startup Weekend Sustainability is designed as an inclusive event that brings all sorts of people together including:

  • Aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs
  • Developers and other tech-related professionals
  • Designers of all types
  • Non-technical talent (i.e. business, sales, finance, legal, etc.)
  • Students from universities and even secondary schools
  • Professionals looking to switch careers or build new skills
  • Passionate visionaries lifelong learners and educators

“The best ideas spark from collaboration and diversity. Dublin’s inaugural Startup Weekend Social Innovation vertical will be the springboard to create new purposeful startups by facilitating such collaboration between people from diverse entrepreneurial, developer, designer, and tech backgrounds.”

David Pollard – Innovation manager, Rehab Group

The weekend is centred around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

Why Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend is your chance to learn how to put your idea into action within a matter of days! Whether you are looking to:

  • Get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship
  • Learn the process of going from concept to creation
  • Meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in Dublin, Ireland
  • Join or build an all-star team
  • Make meaningful connections and become part of a global community of 193k+ Alumni
  • Learn and practice new skills to take back to your job

“Entrepreneurship is about more than just setting up a business. An entrepreneurial mindset is about being innovative, driving change and disrupting industries. It’s about taking action today to create a better and more prosperous tomorrow, and this kind of energy and innovation is exactly what one can expect from Startup Weekend Social Innovation”

Emily O’Gorman – Plug and Play Tech Centre, Energy and Sustainability

What’s different about this event?

Whether your idea is entirely sustainability focused or simply a business which integrates sustainable practices into their operations and strategy, we will provide you with the tools to get your idea produced in an incredibly short amount of time, test it with potential consumers and pitch your startup to a panel of judges.

Check out what a past participant thought of his Startup Weekend experience here!

The ultimate objective of this event is to empower you – in the words of Mahatma Gandhi – to be the change you wish to see in the world!

Tickets are selling fast, so secure your place today at

Published: 8 October, 2019