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What is Founders?

Bringing together the most talented engineers, domain experts and commercial minds to find their co-founders and help them build new high-impact, digital startups.

Founders invests in people, not startups.

Founders aims to bring together Ireland’s most exceptional talent and offer a network for these individuals to find a co-founder, build a startup, and pitch for €100k investment. The programme will culminate in an investor showcase of the newly created companies in March 2024.

Dogpatch Labs
Republic of Work

Why join Founders?

Join a cohort of over 40 exceptional individuals from different backgrounds and skill sets.

Meet your Co-Founder

Meet your Co-Founder

Finding a co-founder is difficult. We bring together the most ambitious founders to build a startup

Funding from Day One

Funding from Day One

We pay you to build a team and a great idea, with the opportunity for €100K pre-seed funding

A World-Class Community

A World-Class Community

Build your startup with a network of world-class mentors and experts at Dogpatch

“We believe strong co-founder teams are one of the most critical determinants of startup success. We want to bring together those exceptional people who may never have met.”

Patrick Walsh | CEO

Meet our Mentors

network of renowned entrepreneurs, engineers, and investors ready to provide unparalleled support to launch you into your founder journey.

Ciaran Burke

COO & Co-Founder | Swoop Funding

Chico Charlesworth

CTO | Bridge

Philip Reynolds

Early Stage Investor & Ex-MD | NDRC

Áine Kerr

Founder | Kinzen

Áine Denn

Founder | Altify

Sean Blanchfield

Founder | Techpreneurs & Former CEO | PageFair

Marc McCabe

Partner | Nomad Capital

Maria McMenamin

Partner | Anamcara Capital

Ready for the Founders Journey?

Who we’re looking for...

  • Ambition – You’re a self-starter and can motivate others to join your mission
  • Commitment – You have grit and resilience that won’t allow you to give up
  • Action-Oriented – Not only can you problem solve, but you can also move at pace
  • Outlier – You stand out from your peers, and are willing to go against the grain
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Programme Overview

Phase 1: Formation (Jan - Mar 2025)

Find a Co-Founder


Find your co-founder, ideate fast, and build build build!


  • 40+ Founders
  • €2k Monthly Grant

Phase 2: Acceleration (Apr - Jun 2025)

€100k Investment


Take your startup to the next level with expert mentorship and investor readiness


  • Investor readiness
  • 10% equity stake
  • Showcase with top-tier investors

Need more info?

Contact to learn more about the programme