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Ireland’s Largest Monthly Ecosystem Event

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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.

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."

DC Calahane | First Fridays Director

What happens on the day?


Giving you the inside track on who’s who and what’s happening across Ireland’s startup ecosystem. Perfect if you’re new to the ecosystem, looking to get the bigger picture, or just trying to meet new people.



We have access to over 2000+ experts with deep industry, investment, or entrepreneurial experience. Our curated mentoring programme connects you to the people, knowledge and resources you need to accelerate your entrepreneurial journey.



We invite some of the best-in-class knowledge holders to our stage for deep dive workshops to help you upskill or reach your next milestone. These 30 minute rapid seminars are followed by a 15-minute audience Q&A to help you plug in and switch on.



Our keynote talks give you the chance to learn from seasoned startup founders that have “been there, done that”. They share lessons of the successes and failures from their own entrepreneurial journey to give insight into what it takes to build a successful startup.


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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