Galway Startup Weekend Teams and Winners

Startup Weekend Galway: An Overwhelming Success

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This weekend we issued a challenge to the participants of Galway Startup Weekend. Now that the event is complete, we can enthusiastically declare that the challenge was met. It was a great event with great teams and great results. This was the first time Startup Weekend took place in Galway and it set the record for the highest first-time attendance count. It was so successful there’s already a second one scheduled for March.


Here’s a rundown of the teams that participated:

Our first place winner on the night was FriendShip

FriendShip makes it easy to share the shipping fees when you buy online.  Partner with your friends to place your order and share the fees. (Gofran Shukair and Emir Muñoz).

Second place went to What Paws Around

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What Paws Around is an online platform that allows dog owners to find dog related services close to their location (boarding, trainers, groomers, sitters) and access to a wide variety of educational information in one click. Every service is peer reviewed, to help customers choose what is best for their furry friends. Dog related services have the opportunity to advertise their businesses and to connect with a new customer base. (Caterina Lodo, Anthea Middleton, Gavin Donohue and Gianmassimo Vigazzola).

Third was Arrow

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Arrow is an In-Airport application that guides users to their boarding gates, taking the hassle out of airport travel.  It adds value by providing all relevant information about the specific airport and the users trip. ( Dylan Commons, Gavin Ward, Patricia Organ, Patrick Breslin and Michael O Meara)

Our community favourite on the night was Hours

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Hours – Never miss a shift. Hours is a schedule management solution for shift-based workplaces.  Hours replace existing techniques with a simple, intuitive system that keeps everybody on the same page.  Employees always have access to their schedule and are instantly notified via native mobile apps if there are changes. (Mike Rockall, Fionn Delahunty, David Newell and David Kennedy)

As well as our four winners on the night, we enjoyed presentations from the following teams:




The only Irish Bitcoin Exchange offering instant transfers.


Coinise wants to revolutionise the bitcoin industry in Ireland. We are dedicated to providing a faster and more secure service for the bitcoin enthusiasts in Ireland.



eHoreca is a one stop shop internal communications solution for the hotel industry. eHoreca provides a proprietary back-end system and the communications platform for the guest, we are helping our customers, the hospitality industry, to evolve. In doing this we are helping hotels to learn more about their guests (the users) preferences and patterns and thus increasing profit margin per room, per hotel.

Escape Goats

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Escape Goats is a mobile app that matches users to activities based on their details, preferences and location.

Escape Goats is also a simple booking management platform for providers that they can navigate from their smartphones

Groceries Done

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Groceries Done takes the hassle out of getting the best value for your shopping.

Online Groceries Shopping Assistant by comparing groceries prices and helping customers find the cheapest price. In addition for more services to provide : weekly shopping list email with updated prices, price alert, latest offers.

Job Hack


Job Hack analyses users CVs, rating matches for job applications.

Job Hack is an online platform that enables students to upload their cv and compare it to a particular job specification. They get a match rating to tell them whether their CV would be looked at and if they would proceed to interview round. From there we will generate a report on how best to enhance the CV, including vital information on key competencies.​



Overvue… where devices wake up…

The aim is to provide a unified cloud-based device management experience for the current and future internet connected devices. We focus on accessibility and usability for the home market and state of the art data analytics and metrics for the business users we serve both convenience and powerful cost savings in single package.


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ReNest, comfort and ease relocating with work.

ReNest is an info package provider for people relocating for work. It provides them with all the insight they’ll need to have a smooth start in their company and in their new life.


Suspended Karma

Suspended Karma is a social enterprise spreading the suspended coffee concept and trying to bring the best in people.

Our online platform helps users locate where items are suspended.  We think this will increase footfall and revenue in the cafes and restaurants participating in addition to helping out people in need.

If you haven’t yet attended a StartupWeekend hopefully this inspires you to give it a try. You won’t regret it!


Accommodation Options for Galway Startup Weekend

We’ve heard that some of our attendees will be travelling to Galway Startup weekend, and to make things a little easier, we’ve been in touch with a few of Galway’s hotels to see what’s available:

  • The Ardilaun in Taylor’s Hill have availability on both the 14th and the 15th of November, with single room B&B for €80 per night, and double/twin for €110 – please contact us to avail of this offer.
  • The Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill have availability on the 14th, with B&B for €79 single and €99 double/twin when “Google Startup Weekend” is mentioned.
  • The Harbour Hotel in Galway City have B&B on Friday for €89/€99 (single/twin) and Saturday for €139/€149.
  • The Meyrick on Eyre Square have limited availability on the 14th for €115 single B&B or €135 double/twin.

If these options don’t meet your needs, our lovely sponsor The Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa, located in the city centre may suit.

For anyone looking at budget options, Hostelworld has a number of options within easy distance of NUIG, our venue for the weekend. AirBnB may also be an option for some, with lots of rooms available in great locations near the university.

We will update this post as needed with further accommodation information, but in the meantime please get in touch if you have any queries or want help finding a place for the weekend.


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Why you (yes, you!) should come to Galway Startup Weekend

So, Startup Weekend is rapidly approaching, and you’re on the fence about coming. Perhaps you’re unsure about walking in on Friday, not knowing anyone. Maybe it’s the worry that you don’t have a ground-breaking idea to pitch. Or possibly it’s the opposite – you’re scared you’ll lose your original idea to the crowd.

Keep reading and see if we can assuage your fears!

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Why Galway?

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Finally, after success in Dublin and Cork, not to mention all around the world, Startup Weekend is coming to Galway. We truly believe that there’s no better place for it. Galway has a great reputation at the moment as a hotbed for business, having always been a popular choice for multinationals looking for a european location. It’s easy to see why – outside the capital’s high cost of operations, but with all the advantages and infrastructure of a european city, Galway is an easy sell. Add in the moderate climate, the steady stream of graduates from Ireland’s many institutions, and the ease of thanks to the motorways and airports, and Galway becomes an attractive prospect.


Of course, there are other factors outside of economics. Galway is a young city with an old soul. From September to May, students fill Galway to the brim, flocking to NUIG and GMIT from all corners of Ireland and beyond. Come summer, they are replaced by the hordes of tourists coming to see the medieval city visited by Columbus. The unique atmosphere arising from the combination of tradition and modernity has always made Galway popular, and as noted recently by Miles Kane, director at SmartBear, very hard to leave.


Since the 19th century, NUI Galway (known then as Queen’s College, and later University College Galway) has been adding to the rich history of the town. Along with students, it draws top class researchers and educators to the city, and has played a big part in the launching of many Irish businesses. This November, as the venue of the very first Galway Startup Weekend, it may well add another few to the list. Barely a ten minute walk from the city centre, the campus has every amenity necessary for the weekend.


Our home for the 54 hours will be the Cairnes building, a purpose built venue for NUIG’s J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics. Without giving too much away, Startup Weekend will be ensuring that the space inspires creativity and innovation. Each team will have their own workspace within the central area, with plenty of space for breakout sessions. We’ll be providing food to keep everyone going all day long, and should have everything you need on hand to make your weekend a productive one.

Does this sound like a place you want to be? If so, tickets are on sale here.

Galway is the San Francisco to Dublin’s Silicon Valley

Galway is the San Francisco to Dublin’s Silicon Valley

Galway is becoming a global tech hub with a focus around the ICT (software/hardware/Internet) and biotech segments. Tech startups like OnePageCRM, Ex Ordo, Element Wave, Duolog, Netfort, BuilderEngine, Pocket Anatomy (winner of The Next Web top startup award), Mission Possible, Altocloud, SpamTitan, RealSim, Tribal City Interactive and are in close proximity to larger companies like DigitalOptics Corporation, Cisco, HP, Avaya, SAP, IBM and EA.

At Technology Voice, and inspired by Dublin Tech Town, we’re delighted to bring you the first version of our Galway Tech Map that shows at least part of the vibrant tech ecosystem in Galway. And if your organisation isn’t on the map, you can download a copy and create your own version as we have released it under theCreative Commons By Attribution Share Alike license. [Available in SVGPNGPDFPDF A4EPS and AIformats.]

Galway is also home to a range of biotech and medtech companies including Algae Health, Anecto, Apica, Boston Scientific, Cappella Medical, Creganna, Crospon, Full Health Medical, Lake Region Medical, Medtronic, neoSurgical, Neuravi, Novate Medical and Veryan Medical. (We are hoping that someone will take our map and make a new version highlighting the impressive biomedical/health/devices sector in Galway.)

Galway is a small city; there are at last count around 76,000 residents in the urban area. It is small enough that you can get your mind around the whole place but big enough to be interesting. The National University of Ireland Galway is located right in the middle of town, and the 19,000 students, faculty, and staff comprise about 25 percent of the population of Galway. Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology accounts for an additional 7,500 students in the city.

The presence of several national research labs, including the Insight Centre for Data Analytics (formerly DERI) and the Irish Marine Institute, adds nicely to the number of PhDs and researchers around.

Essentially, Galway is a college town, full of smart, independently-minded and intellectually-curious people.

City of The Tribes Showcasing Start Up Talent November 2014

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.