Startup Gathering UCC

Startup Gathering 5-10 October 2015

Set to be one of the biggest startup events in the world, the Startup Gathering 2015 will take place across Ireland from the 5th to 10th October, with many events being planned across 5 days in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Waterford, promoting entrepreneurship, innovation and Ireland's startup sector to national and international audiences. It is a key building block towards making Ireland a global startup hub by 2020.

University College Cork is a key supporter of Startup Gathering 2015 and will be hosting a wide range of seminars, workshops and drop in clinics for startups, entrepreneurs, investors, agencies, researchers and anyone involved in startups.

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Startup Weekend Cork

Friday 2 October - Sunday 4 October commencing at 6.30pm

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Build a business in 54 hours. Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations.  

Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurials. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. 

Western Gateway Building, UCC, Western Road

GATEWAY UCC Funding Your Startup

Monday 5 October 


Practical seminar presenting financing options for start ups and potential start ups

Western Gateway Building, UCC, Western Road

Start Up Value Creation Through Patenting and Licensing

Monday 5 October 


Professional IP and patent protection advice for start-ups and pitching of patent licensing opportunities from UCC, CIT and Teagasc

Western Gateway Building, UCC, Western Road

Horizon 2020 Opportunities for Irish Start Ups and Scale Ups

Monday 5 October 


Seminar on Horizon 2020 opportunities for Irish Start Ups and scaling SMEs

Western Gateway Building, UCC, Western Road

Cork Roundtable on Entrepreneurship Education Launch

Monday 5 October, Time 9:00am-9:30am

The Cork Rountable on Entrepreneurship education is a collaboration between the three Cork County Local Enterprise Offices and the Business School in UCC, which sets out to support Secondary School teachers who teach entrepreneurship to transition year students.

The event will share best practise and teaching methods, as well as establishing an agenda for developing entrepreneurship at an earlier age.

Blackstone Launchpad, UCC Library, Cork 

UCC Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2016 Launch

Monday 5 October, Time 9:00am-9:30am

The UCC Entrepreneur of the Year Awards aims to nurture creativity and hone entrepreneurial skills, by encouraging UCC students to express their entrepreneurial flair and develop new ideas for business.

The awards are coordinated by all of the relevant stakeholders in UCC, including the UCC Entrepreneurial and Social Society (E&S) and the Business School, UCC. Generously sponsored by the Cork City & County Local Enterprise Offices. This will inspire UCC students from all academic disciplines to realise their entrepreneurial ambitions

Devere Hall, UCC

Enterprise from Research

Tuesday 6 October 


This seminar presents opportunities for spin out creation from UCC research centres.

Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, G6, University College Cork

Value Proposition Design Workshop

Tuesday 6 October 


The value proposition design workshop will introduce techniques around the value proposition design canvas - a tool that is used to find product market fit between your products/services and your customer. Good value proposition design is a crucial aspect of the business model innovation process. The workshop will be highly interactive and will include exercises for the participants.

Aimed at Startup owners, entrepreneurs, people interested in starting a business

Room 2.120, O'Rahilly Building, UCC, Western Road

IGNITE 2016 Programme Launch


Tuesday 6 October 


Presentation of 2016 IGNITE program participant companies and networking

Western Gateway Building, UCC, Western Road

UCC Start-up School Launch

Wednesday 7 October 


Attention all budding UCC entrepreneurs! Check out the Start-Up School; a Business Development programme run by the E&S society which will take place here in UCC. Free to enter. 

The Start-up School is an intensive 5 week programme that gives your team the tools and mentorship needed to navigate the early stages of building a start-up. Students who are accepted into the programme can attend the session once a week for 5 weeks. Through a structured approach of group discussions, mentor sessions and a productive and comfortable workspace, teams will come away with a minimum viable product (MVP), an investor-ready pitch deck and a firm foundation for their start-up to grow.

Students Union Common Room

An introduction to UCC's Blackstone Launchpad - Supporting Entrepreneurship, Supporting Start-up with special guest engagement from US Universities already involved in Blackstone Launchpad

Thursday 8 
October 17:30-18:30

Introducing UCC’s Blackstone LaunchPad, UCC’s new campus-based experiential entrepreneurship programme which is open to all students, alumni and staff. 

This networking evening will feature contributions, by live link, from staff of the University of Montana and the University of California, Los Angeles where Blackstone LaunchPad is an established part of these Universities entrepreneurial development eco-system fostering and enabling start-ups. UCC staff will discuss the development of Blackstone LaunchPad in UCC which is currently being established.

Arás Na Laoi AL G.30, UCC 

NOTwork Entrepreneurs Social Event

Thursday 8 October


Social Networking  Event for Start-Up Entrepreneurs 

The event is an opportunity to come and mix with like-minded local and international entrepreneurs who have and are starting up businesses in a strictly social arena.

Cafe Velo, 3 George's Quay, Cork City

Gateway UCC Open Day


Friday 9 October 


A tour of Gateway UCC business incubator facilities and support available.

Western Gateway Building, UCC, Western Road

Smart Agri Food


Friday 9 October 


The event is designed to be a platform to support new start-ups and aims to connect existing businesses with local and national resources. The sessions will cover innovative farming; adding value; new revenue; innovative inputs and food start-ups.

Garyvoe Hotel, Ballycotton Bay, Castlemartyr, Cork

Support for the Startup Community

At UCC, we provide an environment for developing ideas and talent; a hub for connecting startups, entrepreneurs, investors and researchers; and services, support and training to startups and budding entrepreneurs. Find out how you can benefit:

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