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Startup Gathering kicks off with nearly 400 events to be held across five cities

Almost 400 events are to take place over the next five days across five cities as part of the Startup Gathering 2015.

The initiative, which will be one of the biggest national start-up weeks in the world, aims to promote entrepreneurship and help develop word-class regional startup hubs.

It is also looking to highlight Ireland’s startup sector to global entrepreneurs, innovators and research and development teams.

Supported by Department of Jobs, the Gathering gets underway in the Google Foundry today with the Dublin Startup Island 2020 Forum, which will include guest speakers from Startup Commons Global, Intel’s Internet of Things, Dell, and Startup Gathering sponsor Bank of Ireland.

More events are to take place throughout the week at Dublin, Waterford, Cork, Limerick and Galway, giving participants the opportunity to connect to the supports and services they need, take part in networking opportunities and collaborate with other startups and established corporates.

Among the flagship events taking place during Startup Gathering Week from 5 – 10 October, each of the five cities will host an Open Forum conference event, inviting the startup ecosystem to come together to discuss the big ideas that will turn their location into a startup hub.

Eoin Costello, co-founder of Startup Ireland and national director for the Startup Gathering 2015 said, “Over the next five days, each of the Startup Gathering Cities will host a Startup Island 2020 Forum, bringing all of the players in the startup ecosystem together to discuss the big ideas that will turn their location into a startup hub.

“We are thrilled to have nearly 400 startup gatherings taking place throughout Ireland this week. We believe Ireland has all of the vital ingredients to become a global startup hub, what we need now is to bring them together to make it a reality.”

He added: “Startup Gathering is about driving real change across the startup sector, creating better networks, connections and collaborations with all of the players across the entrepreneurship spectrum to work collectively to build on Ireland’s strengths, and work towards the shared goal of Ireland becoming a world class startup hub by 2020.”

Speaking at Startup Island 2020 Forum, Jobs Minister Richard Bruton, said “As I have said before, we have great entrepreneurs in Ireland, we just don’t have enough of them. Two thirds of all new jobs across the economy are created by startups – that’s why it is so crucial that we get our policies on entrepreneurship right.”

He added: “We have put in place a startup plan aiming to create almost 100,000 extra jobs from startups over the coming years, and we have created new mentoring supports, new incubation spaces [and] new tax measures.”

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