Startup Digest


April 16, 2018

Hello, Galway and West of Ireland Startups! 

Welcome again to Startup Digest Galway - the startup news and events calendar for Galway. There are a busy few weeks ahead...

Wild Card: AT THE EDGE

Good luck to everyone competing at the Wild Card: AT THE EDGE tournament in Galway.  Thirty of the most promising healthcare entrepreneurs are competing for €4 million in funding.

GMIT New Frontiers 'Best Emerging Business' awards

Congratulations to the winners at the GMIT New Frontiers awards:
 -  Xerotech - Overall winner (€10,000)
-   Marine Cable Services - Runner-up  (€1000)
-   OpenBox Models - One to Watch (€1000)

We’d like to welcome Dominic O’Toole and Kathleen Bell-Bonjean to the Startup Digest team.  Thank you for volunteering your services.

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 Best Wishes, Donncha, Dominic & Kathleen

Startup Digest Galway is curated by:
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Meet Us in Your City! Techstars Hits the Road

Techstars is searching for the best startups in the world. We’re hitting the road to visit startup communities and meet your team. Join us to meet Techstars alumni, managing directors, program managers, mentors, and community leaders to learn more about entrepreneurship. This is your chance to connect with the Techstars team and learn about the exciting new programs we are kicking off in 2018.

TUE 17

InterTrade Ireland Seedcorn Information Workshop 17th/18th April (Free)

April 17th 10:00am

GMIT iHubs will be hosting two public information sessions on the 17th and 18th April in Galway and Castlebar in relation to InterTradeIreland Seedcorn competition. This workshop is aimed at assisting companies to become investor ready and who are interested in entering the 2018 Seedcorn Competition and a chance to win a share of the total cash prize of €280k. Details below.

Galway event details:

Castlebar event details:

Galway iHub / Mayo iHub. | View in Calendar

THU 19

Breakfast Briefing: Key Tax considerations for growing Businesses - 19th April (Free)

April 19th 7:30am

EY Galway in conjunction with Galway Chamber will host a Tax Event on Thursday, 19th April at 7.30am in Galway Chamber, Merchants Road, Galway.The content of this event will focus on the key tax considerations for growing businesses.1. Personal ownership structure
2. Group structure and tax strategy
3. Funding
4. Tax incentives
5. Key talent attraction/ retention
6. Family succession planning
7. Tax value drivers on exit

Galway Chamber, Merchants Road, Galway. | View in Calendar

THU 19

Google Digital Garage Training (Free)

April 19th 10:00am

In order to grow your business it is essential to have an understanding of the digital world that we live in. With this in mind we are delighted to bring the Google Digital Garage training to Galway. This ensures that everyone has access to free digital skills workshops.

This free event takes place in the Connacht Hotel,Galway on the 19th of April from 10.00am - 1.00pmTraining will be delivered by Patrick Cutliffe a certified Google Trainer.

The Connacht Hotel, Galway | View in Calendar

THU 26

Agile-Lean Ireland 2018 Conference (Various)

April 26th 8:00am

Our 2018 conference will take place in Croke Park, Dublin on April 26th 2018, featuring talks from Henrik Kniberg, Jeff Gothelf and many more!

Croke Park Hotel | View in Calendar

FRI 27

Startup Weekend West (Ire): Future of Towns

April 27th

Learn, network, and start a business in just 54 hours, Startup Weekend is coming to Galway on April 27th. Register today at

View in Calendar

FRI 27

GDPR Seminar: What are the Marketing Implications for your Business (60-81 euro)

April 27th 9:15am

GDPR for Sales and Marketing Professionals.The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) law comes into effect on May 25th 2018 and has significant marketing implications for how companies of all sizes capture leads, maintain the personal data of customers and communicate with companies and individuals globally.
What will be covered?The Marketing Implications of GDPRLead Generation and Form CaptureE-Mail MarketingCRM and Database ManagementCompliant File SharingLegal Considerations and Marketing Contracts

Galway Bay Golf Resort, Renville , Oranmore | View in Calendar

SAT 28

[Diversity in Games] Introduction to games development with Unity 3D with Tracey McCabe (From €10.00)

April 28th 10:30am

A final of three beginner-friendly workshops for those interested in making games. In the workshop we will explore the basic building blocks needed to begin developing your own game in Unity. No knowledge of games/game-making required. Funds from tickets will be covering lunch, and any money left over will be donated to a COPE Galway. Space is limited to 14 places.

Galway Technology Centre, Mervue Business Park, Wellpark Rd, Galway | View in Calendar

Upcoming Events:

TUE 01

Practical Help to Navigate Brexit, Tuesday 1 May 2018 (Free)

May 1st 9:00am


TUE 01

Fuelling Ambition Roadshow 2018 - West Region - May 1st Hodson Bay Hotel - Female Entrepreneurship (Free)

May 1st 5:30pm

Hodson Bay Hotel, Roscommon

WED 02

Breakfast workshop: Perform at peak, deliver you best value (Free)

May 2nd 7:30am

Galway Chamber

THU 03

Techstars Barclays NYC Accelerator - Dublin Office Hours (Free)

May 3rd 10:00am

Dublin, Ireland

THU 10

Sales School @ WorkBench Galway (Free)

May 10th 6:00pm

Bank of Ireland WorkBench, 19 Eyre Square, Galway

THU 17

Sales School (Part Two) @ WorkBench Galway (Free)

May 17th 6:00pm

Workbench Galway, 19 Eyre Square

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