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This November, Startup Weekend is coming to Galway. From the 14th to the 16th, teams of entrepreneurs and innovators will gather together to develop their ideas from an initial 60 second pitch to a scalable company. 54 hours of activity will culminate in a round of presentations to the assembled judges, mentors, and other teams, leaving attendees with valuable feedback on their ideas, new skills, great contacts, and hopefully, a viable startup business. With 36% of Startup Weekend startups not only continuing after the weekend, but through the three month mark, taking part is a great initial step for anyone with an idea.

Startup Weekends have taken place all across the world, including in Dublin and Cork, with Galway joining in for the first time in November.

The first Galway Startup Weekend will be held on the NUI Galway campus, and is being organised by a team of local entrepreneurs and college lecturers. John Breslin and Michael Campion (Nuig), Tara Dalrymple (Busy Lizzie and Mission Possible), Paul Killoran (ExOrdo) and Michael Fitzpatrick (OnePageCRM).

Startup Weekend is all about action, giving attendees the chance to test out an idea in a creative space. People will share their skills and form teams, with mentors on hand with guidance throughout the weekend. The 54 hours of hard work will be interspersed with meals, short talks, and some surprises along the way.

Galway Startup Weekend offers the perfect opportunity to test out a business idea, learn valuable skills , or simply collaborate with similarly focused people.


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Tara Dalrymple