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NUIG Cairnes Building

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.

Tara Dalrymple