Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin


Wed Nov 2 18:00



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Startup Wake!

The Startup Wake is a *** paid event - registration on Meetup is not enough to gain admission!***

Our friend organization DCU Ryan Academy in mourning with BeachHut PR and the Office Of Dublin’s Commissioner for Startups sadly announces the return of the sixth Startup Wake, to Dublin.

As a member of the Entrepreneurs Anonymous community, we'd like to offer you a 50% discount on tickets to this unique event bringing the price to just €5 (+admin fee €0,92). You can book using the promo code Ent_Anon or CLICK HERE

Hear from some of the most successful Irish startups and VCs on their past failures and learnings, as we gather together in memory of their past dead startups – to hear their stories, learn the lessons and raise the parting glass.An evening with Ireland’s most innovative startups and top investors, all whom have experienced failure.

Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing


Chief Celebrant: The Very Reverend Paul Hayes

Chief Mourner: John O’Sullivan – ACT Venture Capital 

John is a Director of ACT Venture Capital and has been in varied operating roles and venture investing for over 20 years. John will emotionally bring his stories of venture success, failures and learnings to the night’s proceedings.

Recently Deceased:

Christian Ryder – Fonesense
FoneSense, was a mobile-advertising platform allowing brands to reward mobile-phone users for selecting and using a branded advertising jingle as their ringtone

Kevin Holler –
Shake was founded to help Irish companies hire the best student and graduate talent with a focus will be on high-tech positions such as software developers, web developers and designers

Barry Redmond – Brim Brothers
Brim Brothers was founded to develop the world’s first wearable power meter for competitive cyclists. In early 2016 the company ran a successful Kickstarter campaign but then ran into a series of technical difficulties. On 24th October 2016 Brim Brothers announced that it had run out of finance and would cease operations.


Gianni Matera – Growing Capital
Gianni Matera is a successful Italian serial entrepreneur. Amongst the companies he founded, DigiTouch went public in 2015 and currently has a market valuation of >€32mln. Nowadays, Gianni is a partner with seed fund Growing Capital who invest in tech companies based in Ireland. Gianni brings one of his early startup failures, “Betting Time”, to the wake for burial.

Chief Eulogist:

Peter Ryan
A former minor hurler with Tipperary, Peter was diagnosed with Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON), a rare genetic disorder resulting in substantial sight loss, at the age of 19. Peter travelled to Rio earlier this year to compete in the Paralympic Tandem Cycling event.


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