Startup Digest


May 22, 2018

A new series, supported by Enterprise Ireland, is being produced for RTÉ entitled 'Design Masters'. The search has begun for companies to take part in the series. Presented by a well known Irish business person, each company will be guided as they design a new product or a new aspect of their business.  They will be given access to experienced professionals within their field.  Who might be interested? Here’s some examples: A local fashion company hoping to crack a new market?  A local dairy producer who plans to diversify into another field, such as protein shakes?  A company who has an idea for a new app for the tourism industry?  A company who would love to secure distribution with a major retail store?  Filming will take place from July to September of this year. Contact Lucia Gavin from Big Mountain Productions.

Congrats to Kite Medical on closing a €1.5m investment round. The NUI Galway BioInnovate programme spin-out is developing a pain-free test to detect kidney reflux in children.

Several events in Galway before the end of month to include Atlantec Conference 2018. There are also some tech events happening in Dublin in the coming weeks. DublinBIC's Futurescope takes place in the Convention Centre next week followed by Inspirefest in June.


Did you know that this is the 16th year of InterTrade Ireland's Seedcorn competition. Registration is now open at Deadline for submissions is 1st June 2018 - total prize fund of €280,000.

The current Open Call for Standard Innovation Voucher Applications closes on Wednesday 30th May at 3pm.

Finally, welcome to my new co-curators of StartupDigest Galway, the startup news and events calendar for Galway: Katleen Bell-Bonjean of Galway Job Connector and Dominic O'Toole - great to have you both on board. Please contact us to be included as a Featured Startup in future issues of this digest or to notify us of an event or news for inclusion.

Best wishes
Donncha, Katleen & Dominic

p.s Pádraic Ó Maille recently wrote a fantastic blogpost detailing his KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE ALL-IRELAND BUSINESS SUMMIT.

p.p.s And Seth Godin's podcast Akimbo* is really good. May 2nd was 30 minutes about Freelancers  * Akimbo is an ancient word, from the bend in the river or the bend in the archer's bow

Startup Digest Galway is curated by:
Donncha Hughes

Donncha Hughes - Startup Digest Galway

Contact Donncha Hughes at

Dominic O'Toole

Dominic O'Toole - Startup Digest Galway

Contact Dominic O'Toole at

Katleen Bell-Bonjean

Katleen Bell-Bonjean

Contact Katleen Bell-Bonjean at

Meet Investors & Potential Partners: Apply for Startup of the Year by 5/31

The Startup of the Year program (Established by TechCo) invites startups across all verticals to apply. Over the past decade, GrubHub, Groupon, Maxwell Health and thousands more have participated. The 100 semifinalists will showcase, meet with investors, advisors and network with industry leaders. Funding, prizes and new relationships make this an incredible opportunity for startups. Learn more and apply today.

Hiring Managing Directors & Program Managers around the globe!

We are currently looking for Managing Directors in both Munich & Amsterdam for programs that will be kicking off in January of 2019. In addition, we are actively looking for a Program Manager to team up with our Managing Director in India. Please apply directly on our website at

THU 24

Atlantec Conference 2018 (€199 for non ITAG members)

May 24th 8:00am


Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway | View in Calendar

THU 24

#TenTen Talks Galway (€26.80 – €66.10)

May 24th 5:30pm

This event is focused on encouraging, supporting and driving the ambition of entrepreneurs and takes place in Galway where you will hear straight from the experts: people who have turned their dreams into reality and achieved their goals despite the roadblocks.

The Ardilaun Hotel Galway Taylors Hill Galway | View in Calendar

MON 28

InterTrade Ireland ‘Leading by Innovating’ Panel Event (Free)

May 28th 10:30am

This event, organised by Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change, NUIG, will discuss how to lead by innovating in dynamic and competitive environments. The expertise of the panel members allows for a multi-perspective approach on this topic; including academic thought on leadership and innovation; the practice of innovating from an entrepreneur’s perspective; and leading innovation in a regional ecosystem through industry-academic collaboration.

The PorterShed, Eqre Square, Galway | View in Calendar

THU 31

BioInnovate End of Year Symposium (Free)

May 31st 5:00pm

DATE for your DIARY
BioInnovate Ireland has achieved unparalleled access to Ireland's leading academic researchers, clinicians, and industry expert while the activity is underpinned by world class facilities available through the support network. BioInnovate offer two core programmes of activity ­ The Fellowship Programme and the Industry Training Workshops. For more contact: Ann Byrne, Administrator <>

BioInnovate NUIG | View in Calendar

Upcoming Events:

THU 28

BioExcel Demo Day (Free)

June 28th 9:00am

NUI Galway

You are receiving this email because you are an active member of the Galway startup community.

© 2009-2018 Techstars Startup Digest. Techstars Startup Digest is a registered trademark of Techstars. Privacy Policy | Terms of Use. All rights reserved.

This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Techstars · 1050 Walnut St #202 · Boulder, CO 80302 · USA