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IGNITE hits Dublin for contacts, mentors and talks

5 May

Making contacts, meeting mentors and learning from expert talks were the objectives when IGNITE hit Dublin for 24 hours on 3/4 May.

The first stop was at Bank of Ireland’s StartLab Incubator on Camden St. to meet with members of the bank’s Innovation & Enterprise Team introduced by Gene Murphy, Entrepreneur in Residence. David Tighe, Head of Innovation & Enterprise and team members, Daniel Heaslip, Carolyn Quinlan, Laura Mellet and Gene facilitated short one to one sessions offering practical advice and guidance to IGNITE’s emerging entrepreneurs.

Rhona Togher, CEO at Restored Hearing, dropped across to Camden St from her City Centre base to share the story of Restored Hearing, a business that grew from a Young Scientist project when she was at school. She spoke candidly about raising investment, working with partners, building a team and managing IP.

Then it was down to Dogpatch Labs start-up hub at CHQ Building on Custom House Quay for the Pearse Lyons Accelerator Dublin Showcase. Eight agribusiness startups from around the world pitched to an audience drawn from the Dublin and international start-up communities and there was plenty of time for networking before and after the pitches.

Friday morning kicked off early with the First Friday Brekkie at the Dublin Docklands Development Authority Offices on Custom House Quay hosted by Dublin City Council and the Digital Hub.

And then it was back to Dogpatch for First Friday for Startups and a solid morning of networking with Dublin start-up community, mentoring with an expert panel from Google and elsewhere, lightning talks on building brand using content from Geoffrey Keating, Senior Editor at Intercom, Irina Dzhambazova, Head of Content & Communication at Saastock, and Cassie Delaney, Director of Content at Jobbio. The event was rounded off with a keynote address by Niall Dennehy, Co-Founder of AID:Tech, the first company ever to deliver international aid using Blockchain technology.

In just 24 hours, 100s of new contacts made, dozens of mentor hours and a wealth of practical advice acquired.

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