Startup Weekend Limerick like all of its other sister events is a completely non-profit event only made possible by the hard work of a small, voluntary organising team.
Besides the hardwork, these events need financial support to cover food, clothing and printing costs and without the kind help of our generous sponsors, Startup Weekend simply wouldn’t be possible.
In this post I want to thank Bank of Ireland and Nexus Innovation Centre for their very kind support.
Bank of Ireland
A distinguishing feature to Bank of Ireland’s engagement with startups is through a multiplicity of events including; mentorship programmes, meet-ups, weekends and hackathons, in addition to its sponsorship of key initiatives such as Start Up Weekend Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway and the inaugural Start Up Ireland event which took place from October 5th to 10th.
Their support goes much further than finance as Pat Carroll, community manager at the Bank lent his hand in preparations and Tracy Keogh of BOI Galway will be facilitating.
They were even kind enough to lend us the expertise of Sean Byerly, Neville Burke and the legendary Liam Sheedy who takes to the hot-seat as judge, jury and executioner on Sunday evening.
I caught up with Pat Carroll just before this post was written and asked him Why Bank of Ireland likes to support Startup Weekend?‘Just as Startup Weekends are supported globally by Google for Entrepreneurs, we are delighted to be the main sponsor for Startup Weekends in Limerick and around Ireland, as we say, ‘for small steps, for big steps, for life’.
Nexus Innovation Centre
The Nexus Innovation Centre, UL forms the main hub of Startup Weekend. This contemporary venue with functional break-out areas, bean bags and bright open work-spaces is ideal for what we wanted to achieve for Startup Weekend Limerick.
Nexus continues to develop member-focused services that enable startups to accelerate their development in a highly connected and open environment. Leveraging knowledge, research and experience in the areas of entrepreneurship, technology and management.
Centre Manager Gert O’Rourke who has played a pivotal role as organizer for Startup Weekend Limerick said “Nexus are delighted to sponsor startup weekend Limerick. It’s a whirlwind weekend of opportunity, networking, community, hard work and constructive criticism. A perfect fit with Nexus and its objectives”
We were also very fortunate to have Simone Power lend a hand to ensure the small details were adhered to ensure that this weekend will have all the bells and whistles.
As well as venue sponsorship, Nexus have been very kind financially covering costs such as clothing, cleaning and security.
Here is a video from Simone Power, Administrator at Nexus Innovation Centre.
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