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Apr 5
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Apr 6
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Apr 7
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Tier 1 Sponsors

Connor Murphy

Datahug Founder   |   LinkedIn

Connor Murphy is the Founder of Datahug, the worlds leading Enterprise Relationship Cloud company. Founded in Dublin in 2009, Datahug has now raised just over $5M in venture funding and is one of the fastest growing Irish companies of its size, with offices in Dublin, London and New York. Datahug is regularly featured by international tech journalists and has secured a stellar list of Big Four, FTSE and NASDAQ listed companies as customers.

Connor is originally from Cork and graduated from UCC with a First Class Honours Degree in Computer Science (2002). Prior to Datahug Connor worked as a Management Consultant with PA Consulting Group in New York, Boston, Washington DC and London. Outside of work, he loves travel, advising startup's, Barrys Tea and pretending he can still do triathlons :)

Tier 2 Sponsors

Gareth Keane

Investment Manager at Qualcomm Ventures   |  

Gareth is an Investment Manager with Qualcomm Ventures, based in Silicon Valley. Qualcomm Ventures is the investment arm of Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM), a leading mobile technology company. Qualcomm Ventures is one of the world's most active investors worldwide in mobile technology, investing across the entire ecosystem and across all stages from seed investments to growth rounds. Gareth is also a Kauffman Fellow.

Sean O' Sullivan

Managing Director at Avego   |  

Sean O’Sullivan is Managing Director of SOSventures International, an investment management operation with returns averaging 27% over the past 15 years, and a founder of JumpStart International and Chinaccelerator. His first company, MapInfo, grew to be a $200 million public company with over 1,000 employees, and popularized street mapping on computers.

Sean is also co-founder and managing director of Avego, a 50-person technology firm with offices in the United States and Ireland. The company is the world’s leading pioneer of Real-time Ridesharing.

Pat Phelan

CEO @ Trustev   |  

Pat Phelan is a Director at trustev.Pat is a profit-driven, get-it-done visionary who delivers business results by harnessing opportunities, creating energized teams, and building strong stakeholder partnerships.A solid track record of building and leading teams to positive outcomes.Pat has a keen interest in social media and is technical blogger of the year in Ireland, Winner of a number of innovation awards, the 2008 IIA & Enterprise Ireland Net Visionary Award, Ireland's most beautiful website from The Irish Web awards and 2007 Emerging company of the year from IT @Cork. Pat was also a Techcrunch 50 finalist in the events inaugural year.

Eamon Leonard

VP Engineering at Engine Yard   |  

Eamon Leonard is an advisor to start-ups, an angel investor, a tech community organiser and has an interest in cloud platforms and developer tools. Based in Ireland, he is VP of Engineering at Engine Yard, having joined the company through their acquisition of Orchestra, a PHP Platform-as-a-Service, which he co-founded in 2011.

Tier 3 Sponsors

John Dennehy

CEO -   |   LinkedIn

John Dennehy has been founder or co-founder in Internet companies since 1999. He is CEO of a recruitment software and marketing company. The company also runs Make IT in Ireland, a campaign to attract tech talent into Ireland.

Prior to this he was co-founder of Upstart Games, a mobile games publisher and developer. John was responsible for developing business with US companies including Walt Disney Internet Group and Sony Pictures.

He has been involved in three company exits including Upstart Games, fonepool and

David Coallier

Data Scientist at EngineYard   |   LinkedIn

David is an avid learner, a high-technology angel investor, a startup advisor and a serial entrepreneur that likes to share stories about his successes, acquisitions, exits, choices, and failures in order to help others succeed.

Previously, David has also been involved in the core development of the PHP language, as well as being involved in many notorious open source projects as such as Debian Linux and the PEAR Project. Nowadays he can be found hacking on Numpy, regressing with R, helping startups or scribbling maths on a piece of paper whilst furiously drinking coffee.

He's currently a data scientist at EngineYard, as well as being an exuberant public speaker.

Randall Wharton

CEO at RigBag   |   LinkedIn

Randall is the founder and CEO of RigBag Action Sports, a global platform that brings the action sports community together to leverage value and share information.
He has over 15 years experience in business and management, and has founded companies in retail, telecommunications, and ecommerce

Greg Canty

Owner at Fuzion Marketing & PR   |   LinkedIn

Greg is a qualified accountant (ACCA) who spent 6 Years in Practice and a further 6 Years in Industry, which led onto 8 years of General Management in the Drinks Industry with Deasy & Co (Guinness owned subsidiary – Manufacture of soft drinks and wholesale) and Nash Beverages Ltd. Greg also spent three years as a Senior Business/ Marketing Analyst with Guinness in Dublin.
Greg is responsible for overall Business\Marketing Strategy and Planning for clients. He has specific expertise in online including website strategy and optimisation. He is considered one of the leading B2B bloggers in Ireland and is a highly sought after Social Media Trainer and Consultant. His regular B2B blog and Fuzion blog, which he manages, has attracted a large following.

Aodan Enright

Smarter Egg - Facilitated Learning   |   LinkedIn

Aodan is founder of Smarter Egg, a provider of transformational development programmes for ambitious business owners and for large organisations. The popular SmarterPreneur programmes help owners evolve a potentially successful business into a sustainable one.

He has many years of experience in technical and leadership roles in the electronics business, both in Ireland and in the US. Aodan is a qualified executive coach and a certified business mentor.

Gordon Murray

Managing Director of Murrion Software Ltd.   |   LinkedIn

Gordon is the founder and director of Murrion Software Limited, a software development company based in Cork. Gordon co-organised Cork Open Coffee up until the start of 2011 and is currently the Secretary of The Enterprise Hub, a business group based in Cork.

Pat Lynch

Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Pat Lynch is a Cork based Entrepreneur and business owner. Pat founded Microtech Cleanroom Services in 1998. He previously worked as finance director / controller for the Irish operations of US multinationals Seagate Technology and Summit Technology. He is currently Director of Compliance & Risks and Omnivend. He also holds the roles of Chairman and CEO of Cork based You Get it Back Ltd and Founder and CEO of Stock Market Training Ltd

Mark Hegarty

Director at   |   LinkedIn

Mark Hegarty is the founder and Managing Director of , a company formations agency in Cork specialising in online company formations. Mark advises business start-ups on Corporate Structure, and busiess development from the delicate start up phase.

Mark was involved in developing Irelands second Pet Insurance brand in Ireland (Petinsure) and worked in the business from start up stage to what is now the second pet insurance provider in Ireland.

He took a position of Marketing Manager with Fota Wildlife Park from 2002 to 2008 and was responsible for the Marketing, PR, and Commercial development of the Wildlife Park.

In 2012 mark was appointed as an Ambassador to the Cork Chamber. Chamber Ambassadors assist members to maximise their membership and make the best of the many networking opportunities that are on offer throughout the calendar year, as well as giving New Chamber Members a “helping hand” to get started and build a strong network. Mark was also Chariman of the South region of the Marketing Institute in 2008.

Charles Garvey

Metabolomic Diagnostics Ltd NitroSell   |   LinkedIn

CHARLES GARVEY was CEO of Horizon Technology Group from 1990 to 2003. Founded in Cork Horizon grew to become an international IT sales and services group including being Sun Microsystems’ largest partner in Europe. The company was listed on the main board of the London and Dublin stock exchanges and was sold to Avnet Inc in 2008. At its peak the group was worth over €1b and employed 720 people in 5 countries through 13 separate companies.
From 2007 to 20012 Charles was CEO of NitroSell, a successful eCommerce company focused on web enabling bricks and mortar SME retailers. NitroSell has over 700 clients, mostly in north America, offering over 2m products for sale.
Charles is currently CEO of Metabolomic Diagnostics which is seeking to transform pre-natal care by commercialising a risk stratification test for pre-eclampsia which is the most significant pregnancy complication.

Ruairi Roddy

Digital Projects Manager at Thomas Crosbie Media   |   LinkedIn

Ruairi Roddy is Digital Projects Manager for Landmark Digital, part of the Landmark Media Group of companies which includes the Irish Examiner, Evening Echo,, and other print and radio interests. A journalist by trade, and a techie by inclination.

Donagh Kiernan

Founder & CEO at Tenego Partnering Ltd   |   LinkedIn

Donagh Kiernan is the founder and CEO of Tenego Partnering, a business development consulting and services company providing hands-on services in building effective international Partner Sales Channels for growing and established software product companies.

Donagh is a software technology business professional with a sales focus and expertise in defining, selling and delivering technology solutions. Donagh’s experience is built on over twenty years of technology development, sales and business ownership, investment and management.

Edward Fidgeon-Kavanagh

Founder & Managing Director at Clear Presentation Design   |   LinkedIn

Ed is a pitch consultant who helps his clients to deliver winning presentations that replace the usual “death by powerpoint” style of presentation with one that is simple, clear and engaging.

Having come from a business background he approaches presentations from both a business-sense as well as design standpoint, knowing that for a winning pitch both aspects need to be well thought out.

Ed’s clients have gained access to, and won funding from, various prestigious incubator programmes in Ireland and have secured funding from VCs.

Jonathan Amm

Branding & Marketing Entrepreneur at   |   LinkedIn

Jonathan is the Co-founder of ChangeAgents®....a branding & design company that creates Ideas that Transform Businesses, Brands and People.

A South African living in Cork, he is on a mission to bring commercial acumen & creativity
to SME's in a way that helps them grow more customers.

In describing his approach he says, "To succeed in business today you need
to create the NEXT, by doing something disruptive & different and placing customers
at the heart of your business model. Then you need to really stand out and capture the imagination of a critical
mass of the right type of customers."

As an ex Head of Marketing & founder of several start up marketing companies - he brings an unique blend
of experience, ideas and enthusiasm to the table. He has appeared on George Lee Business Show & Nationwide
discussing Branding & Innovation and has also written several articles on the subject.

ChangeAgents® clients include: Electric Restaurant & Bar, The Fabulous Fabric Company, Human+Kind, Waterford Stanley &

Donogh Roche

Chief Technical Officer (CTO) NitroSell

Donogh Roche is NitroSell's Chief Technical Officer (CTO), a Cork eCommerce start-up founded in 2005, which employs 22 people full-time, hosts almost 700 webstores (mostly in the US), encompassing 2.5 million products and 11 million shoppers.

Before joining NitroSell, Donogh was an Extreme Blue Intern and Software Engineer with IBM at their Dublin Software Lab, and was involved in a number of indigenous startups, including the company’s predecessors, NitroWeb and Amagineering Systems.

He has been working on commercial web projects since 1998 and holds a First Class Honours degree in Computer Science from University College Cork (UCC).

Kieran O'Farrell

Owner – O’Farrell Consultancy

Kieran is a serial entrepreneur having set up his first business at the age of 17. With some outstanding successes, and some not so wise decisions behind him, Kieran brings a wealth of experience for others to learn from.
While running Galty Technologies, Kieran expanded the business beyond Ireland to, the UK, Germany, the Benelux, the US and Canada using a combination of direct, channel and online sales and marketing strategies.
Currently Kieran works closely with his clients advising them on export development and online marketing.
Kieran has an honors business degree from the University of Limerick and a Masters Degree from Dublin City University.

Lisa Murphy

Managing Director, ThinkTank

Lisa Murphy, is MD of ThinkTank, an award winning Strategic Marketing and Brand Consultancy based in Cork. Prior to ThinkTank Lisa worked in global brand agency Enterprise IG and O2. Lisa’s focus is on helping ambitious start-ups get clarity on their go-to-market strategy. She helps start-ups validate, articulate and communicate their value propositions using branding as a tool to tell their story. Human+Kind all natural multitasking skincare, a rapidly scaling international brand, is one of ThinkTank’s recent success stories.
Lisa lectures in Strategic Marketing and Innovation on the Masters programme in Cork Institute of Technology and was recently selected by Enterprise Ireland as marketing consultant to a pilot initiative that will be rolled out nationally in due course. Lisa also works as a trainer, facilitator and mentor for start ups and SME’s on programmes run by Enterprise Ireland, the Cork City & County Enterprise Boards and SECAD.

Anthony O’Mara

Director Trend Micro (EMEA), Investor and Entrepreneur

O’Mara is internationally recognised as a leader in financial and operational excellence with over 20 years’ experience in executive roles with Fortune 500 companies such as DHL, Symantec and Sun Microsystems.

As Director of Global Business Operations, Trend Micro with global responsibility for sales, marketing, finance and operations, O’Mara executed a major growth strategy in the organisation, and in 2003, O’Mara established Trend Micro EMEA headquarters in Cork, growing the headcount from 8 to 230 in 7 years. Under his tenure at Trend Micro, he built revenues for the organisation to $250 million from a base of $65 million when he started with Trend Micro. An appointee to the Board of Directors of Cork Chamber and it@cork, O’Mara regularly engages with the IDA and chairs a number of committees to ensure Ireland’s competitiveness in a global context.

He is passionate about and involved in several tech start ups in Ireland and UK and has an extensive network of technology, distribution and channel contacts across the EU, Middle East and Asia.

Barry McCarthy

Founding Partner of MacCarthy Johnston Solicitors

Barry is a corporate lawyer and a founding partner of MacCarthy Johnston solicitors in Dublin. His practice specialises in mergers & acquisitions, private equity and fundraising. He has very significant experience in M&A transactions and has project-managed and led transactions for both the seller and buyer in Ireland and various overseas jurisdictions in a number of different sectors.
Barry also regularly advises new and emerging companies, from start-ups through to early-stage and profitable businesses. His clients include university/incubator spin-offs, BES and EEIS companies, Enterprise Ireland and County-Enterprise-backed ventures, Digital Hub and NDRC enterprises and even successful Dragon’s Den and Apprentice participants!

Tier 4 Sponsors
Jayne Ronayne
William Martin
Siobhan Finn
Ernest Cantillon
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