Rallying startups together

This weekend sees the first Startup Week Dublin taking place, an event for entrepreneurs to help them start their own business.

Dublin Gazette interviewed David Pollard, one of the organisers for this special week.

On getting involved in the planning of the Startup Week, he said: “Four years ago, I organised my first Startup weekend and the positive feedback encouraged me to co-found Learning Tech Labs and organise Hack Access Dublin, and Ireland’s first Digital Citizenship Summit.

“Startup Week Dublin will take place once a year. Once 2019 rolls around, we’ll be back to the drawing board for a longer run-in to make sure Startup Week Dublin is bigger and better.”

He also said that across the five days, they’ll show what is being done in Dublin in 12 months, and says the week is a great opportunity to help people who want to start a startup as well as supporting those who’ve already done so.

David hopes that a lot of people will come to the Startup Week, which presents a fantastic opportunity to participate in innovative events and to hear from supporter organisations, influencers and start-up entrepreneurs.

He discussed the highlights of the event and what attendees can expect from the various talks and seminars.

“Learning Tech Labs are organising a Future of Work and Learning event. Soapbox Labs are joining us for a deep dive into the trends of the future and how we can best prepare for changes.

“There’s a myriad of networking events, keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops, how to build out your team, how to promote diversity, and there will also be mentoring opportunities.”

When asked what sets Dublin’s Startup Week apart from other events held globally, and if he would prefer to keep it a more local event, David said: “Our vision is to scale this over the next two years to be more diverse, inclusive, and beneficial for local entrepreneurs and to be a week that people from around the globe mark in their calendars to arrive in Dublin.”

What advice would he give, considering his own experience with the startup sector and business as a whole?

David said Startup Week Dublin is a project where he could combine all his skills and help people with an idea in their minds for a startup.

He added: “Startup Week Dublin provides the ideal platform for those people to take that first step on their entrepreneurial journey.”