The Startup Gathering 2015 programme of events for the North East was launched on Monday 14 September at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda.
The aim of the Gathering is to promote entrepreneurship and help develop world class regional startup hubs, as well as highlighting Ireland’s startup sector to global entrepreneurs, investors and R&D teams. Startup Gathering North East will have a strong emphasis on developing startup hubs around the key strengths in the region, including e-Payments and the Food sector. It will have a number of events promoting entrepreneurship in general, including a joint Chamber event with a panel of entrepreneurs from across the region, and guest speaker, Alex Mount Charles of Slane Whiskey.
Minister Ged Nash, who chairs the Steering Committee of the Startup Gathering, said “We know that Ireland has lots of ambitious entrepreneurs and we are looking for even more of them to come forward and build a Startup revolution. With more than 300 events taking place across the country in the Startup Gathering I would encourage Ireland’s entrepreneurs, investors and mentors to get involved, make connections, and strengthen Ireland’s startup ecosystem right across the country. Through harnessing the talent, ambition and drive of our entrepreneurs we can create more opportunities for companies to start, scale and succeed and ultimately create more jobs”.
Breanndán Casey, Business Development Manager at The Mill Enterprise Hub in Drogheda, who is co-ordinating StartUp North East, said, “Two thirds of all new jobs across the economy are created by startups and the response to the initiative to date in the North East is evidence of the huge potential that exists. There is an opportunity here to encourage people who have left the North East to return to either take up jobs in startups or create their own businesses and I would encourage anyone with an interest in starting a business to get involved, contact their local support organisations, and gain as much as they can from the Startup Gathering experience”. The Mill has been open for eighteen months and is now fully occupied with a mixture of hostdesks, startups and expanding companies. Breanndán continued “I’ve become aware of a renewed optimism across the region whilst working with other enterprise support organisations for StartUp North East. Our objective is to have a sustainable startup ecosystem in the North East that will continue to provide opportunities to entrepreneurs, and enable them to access all supports, and continue a long tradition of innovation in the region.”