Migrants and tech workers team up for start up businesses

Orla Dwyer

People living in direct provision and other migrants will be working with developers, designers and mentors to develop ideas for startups

Migrants and technology workers will be collaborating to develop business ideas at a startup weekend in Dublin from March 8th-10th.

People living in direct provision and other migrants will be working with developers, designers and mentors to develop ideas for startups. Entrants will have 54 hours to come up with an idea and built a prototype for the product.

Techstars says their goal for the weekend is to “create a healthy environment where entrepreneurs from a non-traditional background can create, collaborate and build firm contacts in the Irish business scene”.

Techstars, an international business accelerator programme, has teamed up with the Dublin City Council and the Dublin Local Enterprise Office for the weekend. It is also in partner with the Dublin Tech Summit and Techfugees.

“We are very pleased to support this event as it will help to highlight and encourage diversity, inclusion, innovation and entrepreneurship in Dublin which are key areas that we seek to assist in through policy, programmes and various supports,” Greg Swift, Head of Economic Development and Enterprise at the Local Enterprise Office Dublin City, told the Irish Times.

The overall winner of the event will get two months of coworking space in Dublin, a place on a business course from the Local Enterprise Office and mentor time with investors.

Other prizes include exhibition space at the Dublin Tech Summit, a space on the event’s Scale X programme and a recognition prize for Techfugees.

Bank of Ireland’s former entrepreneur in residence Gene Murphy and David Watters from the Dublin Tech Summit will be speaking over the weekend. Judges include activist Ellie Kisyombe, Nicholas Henderson from the Irish Refugee Council and Máirín Murray from Tech For Good.

Entrants will be asked to develop a prototype for their idea over the weekend and it should not be something they have already worked on.

Student tickets (€12) and free tickets for those living in Direct Provision are currently sold out while ticket prices for designers, developers and businesses start from €25 for the weekend.

The ticket includes seven meals, discounts from partners and unlimited internet and coffee.

The weekend begins at 6pm on Friday, March 8th and ends with a wrap up at 7pm on March 10th. This development follows on from a Techstars and Dublin City Council collaboration for a week of events last November.

Orla Dwyer

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