The voice of innovation-driven enterprise
 
 

Supporting Ireland’s innovative companies to scale is essential to safeguarding our collective economic future. 

An independent non-profit providing the bridge between the startup ecosystem and government, our mission is to secure a more supportive policy environment that empowers Ireland’s innovation-driven enterprise to succeed and scale.

 
 

Who we represent

 
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Our mission

Our mission is to secure a more supportive policy environment that empowers Ireland’s innovation-driven enterprises to succeed and scale.

 

Our approach

 
 
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Collaborate

To engage collaboratively with partner organisations on issues of common interest, to strengthen indigenous enterprise in Ireland

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Unite

To foster a unity of purpose within the startup ecosystem, encouraging common positions and a coherent message

 
 
 
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Advocate

To constructively engage with Government to drive ambition for innovation-driven enterprises in Ireland

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Inform

To provide valuable insights that inform decision-makers on the startup experience in Ireland

 
 
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Origins

In late 2016 Dogpatch Labs, a leading startup hub in Dublin’s Digital Docklands, identified that Ireland’s startup community needed a strong voice to engage with government around policy.

The team secured seed funding to address this need, and in 2018 launched the “Startup Policy Project” with the view to incubating and spinning out a new independent representative organisation.

 

Who we are

 

 

Liz McCarthy

Executive Director

Conor Gouldsbury

Policy & Public Affairs Lead

Brian Caulfield

Chairperson
 
 

Steering Group

 
 

Patrick Walsh

Dogpatch Labs

Elaine Coughlan

Atlantic Bridge Ventures

Mark Cummins

Pointy

Parsa Ghaffari

Aylien
 
 
 

Claire McHugh

Axonista

Conor Hanley

Fire1Foundry

John Breslin

Portershed/NUIG

Bobby Healy

Manna
 
 
 

Grainne Dwyer

Stori Creative

DC Cahalane

Republic of Work

Anna Scally

KPMG

Colm Rafferty

Maples & Calder
 
 
 

John O'Dea

TechIreland

Peter Coppinger

Teamwork

Shay Garvey

Frontline Ventures
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Rhona Togher

Restored Hearing
 

Our founding supporters

 
 
 

We have received financial and pro-bono support from a wide variety of people and companies who share our passion for empowering Ireland’s innovation-driven enterprises to succeed.

 
 
  • Dogpatch Labs

  • Frontline Ventures

  • Google

 
  • Opening.io

  • SOSV

  • Teamwork.com

 
  • Bobby Healy

  • Brian Caulfield

  • Brian Kingham

 
  • Colm Lyon

  • Des Traynor

  • Garry Moroney