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9th October Galway

Last Friday (9th October 2015) was spent meeting new business acquaintances and talking to almost every startup promoter and supporter that I know in Galway. I attended 6 events throughout the entire day from 8AM till 9PM. Here are ten things (as recorded on Twitter) that I probably knew already but was reminded of:



1. Startup Weekend Galway is Super

2. Galway has a vibrant cohort of ‘young’ entrepreneurs

Gene Murphy of BOI had a ‘fireside chat’ with Startup Galway weekend participants such as Ciaran, Nicola and Eimear at the 5pm event hosted in BOI WorkBench, Mainguard Street.

3. There are superb Technology Based Startups in the City of The Tribes

Well done to Paul and Dorothy (and the team) on organising a great inaugural Galway Beta.

4. There are brilliant event organisors in Galway

Almost every organisation that works with Startups ran an event – there was a great atmosphere around the city.


5. You have to start to be Amazing

‘You don’t need to be amazing to start, but you have to start to be amazing… is the first comment in the video of Startup Gathering 2015 – Galway Highlights. The rest of the video (9 minutes) is worth watching!

StartLab from Bank of Ireland looks very interesting. Well done and best of luck!

6. Build something that People want to buy

Colm expands on this point in the video (point 6 – 2 minutes) – don’t know if he has been reading Lean Startup books.

7. Startup Ireland has Vision

8. Social Enterprise is developing in Galway

This was a really super morning of talks and Q&A with Olive of MediStori, Lorraine and Arlene of 100HappyDays4Kids, and Siobhan of ACT for Meningitis. Congrats to Arlene and Lorraine on winning prize in Social Entrepreneurs award.

9. Pitch Competitions are Great Fun (& Benefit)

Galway Technology Centre is a great venue and startup location. Thanks to Judges and Sponsors (WestBIC, SNAP, and Flynn O’Driscoll) of our Meetup event.


10. Galway has great Role Models


Gerard Barry of Fintrax gave a brilliant address at the official closing event in the Meyrick on how they built an international startup from rural Galway – and sold it for €180 million a few years ago. It can be done again. There were lots of serious points about creating an ecosystem for entrepreneurs in Galway at the All Island Forum event in the morning as per this post on the main Startup Gathering page. There is certainly great momentum for Galway to support Startups.


Overall, I had a great day as I predicted in my LinkedIn Pulse article – thanks to Startup Ireland team and locally to John Breslin. Leaving the last word to Startup Ireland who I know are already preparing for next year. They would like you to take the time to tell them how you benefited from this year’s Startup Gathering.


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  1. Great article, Donncha – thanks for your involvement along with Conor, John etc. We were delighted to take part in the pitching event at Galway Technology Centre.

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