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At Dogpatch Labs, we know that it takes more than just space and coffee to grow your startup. Mentors are an essential part of our culture.

By Entrepreneurs, for Entrepreneurs

At Dogpatch Labs, we have a strong track record of using our network to drive quality mentor support for early-stage founders around the country.

Entrepreneurial Advice

Entrepreneurial Advice

Access to seasoned entrepreneurs who share insider tips and insights with early stage founders

Network & Connections

Network & Connections

The opportunity to connect with a world-class network of startups, experts and entrepreneurs

Expert Knowledge

Expert Knowledge

Receive sector specific mentoring from domain experts in a wide range of industries

Startups Supported


Startups Supported

Vetted Mentors


Vetted Mentors

Hours of Mentoring


Hours of Mentoring

Mentor Sessions


Mentor Sessions

Learn from Experts

We have an extensive and diverse mentor network, varying from entrepreneurs and founders to corporate experts and specific sector experts.


Entrepreneurial mentors’ experience, knowledge, and context are invaluable when it comes to growing and developing a business. They’ve been there and can share unique founder insights into the Irish landscape to help you along your journey.


The Dogpatch Community benefit from a new closer relationship with Ireland’s top seed investors. Our members get access to early investment advice and curated introductions at the right time to help them navigate their fundraising journey

Corporate Experts

Startups need to work with industry. We offer an unmatched network of corporate mentors through our deep pre-existing relationships with corporates from AgTech (Alltech) to Retail & Supply Chain (Unilever), to FinTech (Ulster Bank), to Smart Cities (ARM), Energy (ESB) and ICT (Google).

Sector Experts

These mentors are domain experts in their respective fields and are industry leaders in product design, software development and data science. We also have close ties to Enterprise Ireland to help you navigate government supports

“Attending several First Fridays for Startups at Dogpatch Labs and receiving mentoring from industry experts was instrumental for our internal growth at Spire”

Kim McKayed, CTO Spire

Our Mentors

With deep industry, investment, and entrepreneurship experience, mentors work with the Dogpatch Community to openly share their knowledge and experience, giving access to invaluable networks and opportunities. See below a selection of our mentors:

Jon Bradford

Founding partner at Motive Partners, €500M VC fund.

Invested in 100+ startups at Techstars,

with 9x return on capital investments.

Alison Darcy

CEO of Woebot. Irish founder with Stanford doctorate.

Investors include world-renowned AI expert Andrew Ng

and $20M funding from a top Silicon Valley-based VC

Brian Caulfield

Venture Partner at Draper Esprit.

Founded and exited with Exceptis & Similarity Systems.

Previously VC at Trinity Venture Capital.

Nora Khaldi

CSO & Founder of Nuritas with PHD in molecular evolution.

Raised over €55m of investment with customers

that include Nestle.

Brian Norton

Founded first European private student lender

raising over $200M in funding.

Now building Supply Finance, a trade finance platform.

Alison Kopf

Founder & CEO of Artemis, a leading AgTech platform.

Also Investment Partner at X Factor Ventures,

for underestimated founders.

Nicola McClafferty

Founder turned VC at Draper Espirit.

Exited at online retail giant Asos with experience in

Venture Capital, Media, and more.

David Hunt

Co-founder, with twin brother Ross, at Cainthus.

Machine vision & AI company digitising agriculture.

On Exponential Advisory Board at Singularity University.

Types of Mentorship

We help founders bring their ideas to life. We offer mentorship on all the key outputs a startup needs.

Product Design & UX

Product Design & UX

Getting your product experience right is a critical skill. Our mentors can offer advice on prototypes, final designs and MVP

Technical Advice

Technical Advice

Everything from Data Analytics to Cyber security, Cloud Solutions and Engineering Queries

Hiring & Scaling

Hiring & Scaling

Everything you need to recruit, hire and manage a diverse, innovative team on a bootstrapped budget

Fundraising Readinesss

Fundraising Readinesss

IP/Legal, Cap Table Feedback, Traction Metrics, Navigating the Landscape

Sales and New Markets

Sales and New Markets

Meet experts to talk about Go-to-Market, International Expansion and more

Financial & Business Modelling

Financial & Business Modelling

Confidence in numbers. Our mentors can help teams with market analyses and financial modelling/projections

"We've sent Google's top experts to Dogpatch Lab's mentoring platforms and are incredibly satisfied with the startup engagement"

Paddy Flynn | VP at Google

Want to Receive Mentorship?

At Dogpatch Labs, we have numerous mentorship-led programmes and events. Check out below what we have to offer and come join our community.

First Fridays for Startups

As a response to the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Dogpatch Labs implemented its monthly First Fridays for Startups in a virtual environment, which is now the largest ongoing virtual tech ecosystem event in Ireland, with 80+ virtual mentor sessions and 250+ entrepreneurs from 15 counties across Ireland per event.

Join First Fridays

Office Hours

If you are a member at Dogpatch Labs you can book in free 1-1 time with some of the best startup mentors and industry experts for guidance and support every single week!

Become a Member

Join a diverse mix of startups, freelancers, and investors in the heart of the Dublin Docklands. We offer flexible workspace for startups. Take up a dedicated desk, private office or work remotely by availing of our hotdesking areas and get unlimited access to all membership perks


Become a Mentor

The opportunity to give back to the community and empower the next generation of budding entrepreneurs. If you want to become a mentor, click the link below to learn more!

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