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Ireland’s largest monthly startup ecosystem event, managed by Dogpatch Labs and hosted all across Ireland by Ireland’s leading startup hubs

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Dogpatch Labs
Ormeau Baths
Republic of Work

What is First Fridays for Startups?

A platform for the entire startup ecosystem to come together on a regular basis, enabling them to learn, connect and grow. Managed by Dogpatch Labs and delivered all across Ireland by the Irish Tech Hub Network.

Accelerating Irish Startups through ongoing monthly learning and development

Connect with mentors to help you solve your roadblock problems, learn from conversations with founders further along the journey and be inspired by the stories of some of Ireland’s most successful entrepreneurs.

Ireland’s largest tech multinationals supporting indigenous Irish startups

Direct access to mentoring every month from some of the world’s most successful technology companies. Look at who’s partnered with us so far.

Delivered monthly online from six innovation-driven startup hubs

Every month First Fridays will be broadcast online from one of the member hubs of the Irish Tech Hub Network – Dogpatch Labs (Dublin), Ludgate (Cork), Ormeau Baths (Belfast), Portershed (Galway), RDI Hub (Kerry) and Republic of Work (Cork).

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"First Fridays for Startups brings together the amazing ecosystem we have in Ireland to help founders grow bigger, faster and better."

Lizzy Hayashida | Community & Ecosystem Director at Dogpatch

What happens on the day?


Ecosystem Masterclass with expanded ‘Here’s everything happening in Ireland’s Ecosystem this month’.



Mentor sessions with over 1000 experts with deep industry, investment, or entrepreneurial experience.


Expert panel of four discuss a key area of entrepreneurship with practical learnings and hints and tips.


Lightning Talks

Foster a more inclusive and open-minded attitude toward knowledge sharing with bite-sized wisdom.





Tell-all interview with a leading entrepreneur in their journey, war stories and insights for future founders.


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We’re working on exciting plans behind the scenes, so make sure you’re in the loop to be the first to hear what’s happening next for startups at Dogpatch.

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"Over the past 10 years Google has taken great pride in supporting First Fridays as well as a broader set of initiatives as part of our long-term commitment to this country. I’m pleased to see the broader FDI community engage in this important expanded initiative with the shared intent of building a stronger ecosystem.”


Paddy Flynn | VP of Geo Data Operations

Previous Speakers

We’re honoured to have had some amazing speakers take to the stage at First Fridays

Aine Kerr


Bobby Healy


Jules Coleman


John Collins


Alison Darcy


Paul O'Hara


Nicola McClafferty

Draper Espirit

Devan Hughes


Linda Kiely


Guistina Mizzoni


Peter Coppinger


Dr. Nora Khaldi