When I first heard of Startup Bootbcamp Dublin, I must admit I conjured up images of people being put through their paces in the Dublin mountains at 6am by some ex-army general on some sort of get fit regime! I was mostly wrong but partly right. There’s no ex-army general but Startup Bootcamp is a sort of accelerated “get fit” regime for 10 new Irish and International Startup companies, who were lucky enough to be chosen to participate. Located in the Factory, on Barrow Street, Startup Bootcamp is at the heart of Dublin’s startup community with Google just down the street. Here for the last 3 months the startups, having received initial seed money, have been honing their products and ideas ready for Investor Day on May 16.
Startup Bootcamp Dublin is run by Eoghan Jennings, partner with Parklane Capital and ex-CFO of Xing and under his guidance, along with a respected team of mentors from lawyers and entrepreneurs to CEO’s, the startup companies are nearly there. On Investor Day the startups will get to pitch their company ideas to a group of up to 300 potential investors, venture capitalists and angel investors, giving them an excellent opportunity for funding and growth in very competitive times.
And that is what impressed me most when I attended their demo pitches the other night – the feeling of community amongst the startups. Alhough working in a highly competitive environment, where not all pitches will be successful, what struck me was the honesty with which they spoke about each others ideas and the support that was offered. Its says a lot for the young entrepreneurs out there looking to play their part in Ireland’s recovery. And with great ideas that range from a tracking system for perishable goods that helps improve their quality, a secure tablet device for doctors to hold patient information on the go and a market place for transportation tickets in Asia, Latin America and Africa, I wish all the startups the best as they put the final touches to their pitches and presentations next week. They have reached the end of the “get fit” regime but the real work starts now. Here are some of my favorite images from the other night.
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