• National Startup Gathering Programme of Events to take place in NorthEast (Louth, Meath, Cavan and Monaghan), Dublin, Waterford, Cork, Limerick and Galway, North West.


  • Startup Gathering Week spearheaded by not-for-profit organisation Startup Ireland, with the support of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, and sponsored by Bank of Ireland.

 Group Photo StartUp NE Launch 14.09.15

Monday, 14 September 2015: The Startup Gathering 2015 programme of events for the North-East was launched today by 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 MountCharles 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 NorthEast is evidence of the huge potential that exists. There is an opportunity here to encourage people who have left the NorthEast 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 in o 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.”


The National E-Payments Conference will take place at City North Hotel on Friday 9th October where guest speaker Dave Birch, from London-based Consult Hyperion, which specialises in secure electronic transfers, will speak on the future of the e-payments sector. Dave Birch is an internationally-recognised thought leader in digital identity and digital money, was named one of Wired magazine’s global top 15 favourite sources of business information, listed in the European “Power 50” for digital financial services, and ranked Europe’s most influential commentator on the emerging payments field. The conference will also examine regional opportunities for Fintech companies.


The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation will be bringing the ‘Taking Care of Business’ Roadshow to the Westcourt Hotel, Drogheda, on October 8th. This one-stop shop event for SMEs will see more than 27 State Bodies in attendance to give presentations and information on key regulatory information and assistance available to anyone thinking of starting a business or existing entrepreneurs.

 Marcella Rudden Cavan LEO, Cormac McCann Louth LEO, David Moore BoI Drogheda, Tara Smyth Meath CoCo,Gary O'Meara Meath Enterprise, Briege Quinn Monaghan LEO

StartUp NorthEast events include:


Start, Scale, and Succeed from the North-East (6 Oct) @ Conyngham Arms Hotel, Slane,

Join Drogheda, Dundalk, Navan and Kells’ Chambers for an afternoon of tips, insights and guidance from those who have started businesses, grown their business and are continuing to succeed in what they do. Lorraine Murphy of Lorraine Murphy Coaching & Training will lead an informal, on the coach discussion panel with local entrepreneurs from the North East representing The EastCoast Bakehouse in Drogheda , Paycheck Plus in Dunleer, FloWeb in Kells, and Office IT from Navan. The guest speaker is Alex Mount Charles of Slane Whiskey


Networks to Drive your Business Competitiveness, (Oct’ 6th) CooteHill

This will include the launch of Plato EBR, the management development programme for SMEs in Cavan, Louth, Meath and Monaghan.


Food Innovation / Boyne Valley Food Hub (Oct 7th), Ashbourne

This Expo and conference will highlight the opportunities in the Food sector across the Boyne Valley, and will include exhibitors and seminars.


See full list of events at They include cross-border advice, starting a food business, online advice for small businesses, Facebook for business, and Researching your Business idea.

Under the theme 'Start, Scale and Succeed from Ireland', Startup Gathering 2015 aims to:

  1. Promote entrepreneurship and help identify entrepreneurial talent at an early stage across the country.
  2. Help develop world class regional startup hubs around the existing strengths in each region to accelerate the growth of startups in Ireland.
  3. Raise the international profile of the startup sector in each region of Ireland to global entrepreneurs, investors and R&D teams.


The full programme of events is available for download on the Startup Gathering 2015 app online at while the direct link to the app o:

App Store is -

and on Google Play -


For further details please contact:

Breanndán Casey, Business Development Manager at or on 0876292144

Tel: 353 (0)41 9802444

Twitter: @themilldrogheda



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Startup Ireland Partnership – Startup Ireland is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the goal of making Ireland a global startup hub by 2020, a Startup Island. Startups that are designed to scale have the potential to grow rapidly internationally thereby creating significant jobs and innovation in Ireland. The Government’s goal is to make Ireland the best small country in the world for business, a global hub for investors, entrepreneurs, researchers and corporates. Startup Ireland’s goal is to complement this objective by helping build a world class startup ecosystem here so that Ireland becomes a leading destination from which to ‘Start, Scale, Succeed’. To be internationally competitive these startup hubs must reflect the natural advantages and resources unique to each of Ireland’s cities and complement the strategies of Enterprise Ireland, the IDA and other state agencies.


Startup Ireland’s membership of Startup Nations, the global network of national entrepreneurship initiatives, gives us unrivalled access to international best practice. There are significant benefits to be gained from the learnings of 40 fellow members (such as Startup Chile, Startup Canada and Startup Korea) in terms of establishing and accelerating high impact startups.

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