Dear Member,

I hope you are well.


I am writing to update you on an important initiative, the Startup Gathering 2015, which will take place from Monday 5 to Friday 9 October this year.


Its aim is to make Ireland the best place in the world to start a business, grow it and succeed on a national, European and global stage. Using the successful model of ‘The Gathering’, the Startup Gathering is designed to bring communities together through a range of events and innovative projects to put a new focus on entrepreneurs, start-ups and the potential to better use existing industry clusters as a platform for their development. 


Successful new businesses are central to Ireland's wider economic prospects and the creation of a truly dynamic, diverse economy. It's a priority for Ibec and in the upcoming budget we've called for a range of new measures from government. At the very least we need to ensure the tax system does not discriminate against start-ups and that the rhetoric advocating the importance of entrepreneurship is a reality.


Ibec, in partnership with Bank of Ireland and sponsored by Skillnets will be hosting over 20 free open events across the country as part of the Startup Gathering. I've no doubt the events will be of interest and I can’t stress enough how important the support of all business leaders will be. I encourage to you to check out the full list of events and do your best to attend at least one of them.  You can register here.  Please also feel free to circulate this email widely with friends and colleagues.


We have the potential to make Ireland a global startup hub, but success will depend on the level of interest, commitment and involvement of individuals and businesses across the economy, from all sectors. I hope it will be of interest and if you have any queries please contact Sharon Higgins - Head of Sectors in Ibec at


Best regards


Danny McCoy

Ibec CEO


The Startup Gathering is supported by the Action Plan for Jobs at DJEI, which is not only supporting the initiative itself, led by Minister Ged Nash, but has also mobilised cross-agency support.  It is led by Startup Ireland. Bank of Ireland, as the lead corporate partner, is also heavily supporting the initiative.


Ibec's full budget submission is available here.


Skillnets networks are funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.

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