Welcome to the StartApp Competition and MaiTai Ireland. Application closes on May 20th. 

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StartApp Competition was a huge success! Congratulations to our winners PlotBox and Artomatix on winning our grand prizes!

We are bringing some of Silicon Valley’s most experienced investors to Ireland to meet you, the innovators of tomorrow. We’re giving you the chance to meet with, learn from, and pitch to active investors in Silicon Valley, and be in with a chance to win our top prize – a Silicon Valley experience, which includes the chance to spend the weekend learning to kitesurf, with some of Silicon Valley’s top venture capitalists at MaiTai Ireland, in Achill.

StartApp Competiton

Are you and your team building something scaleable? Do you want to get exposure from media in Ireland and the US? Want a chance to get funding from angel investors in San Francisco? Do you think you can make it happen in Silicon Valley? We’re giving you a chance to pitch to investors that have made over 500 investments in 5 continents, and be in with a chance to come away with some serious funding. For the right startup, our investors may decide to invest up individually or as a group. Apply for our event now, taking place in Dublin and Belfast. For more details, please click here.


  • June 3rd in Belfast, June 4th in Dublin
  • Early stage startup
  • Fast Growing online
  • Be valued at under or around $900K (€650K)
  • Must be nominated by your local incubator or accelerator or be nominated by a great reference
  • Closing date for entries is May 20th, 2014

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Instead of you going to them, we are bringing them to you. Meet some of the smartest minds in technology in Silicon Valley today, who’ll help you to get your project off the ground, give you advice, and perhaps even promote your product or service around the world.


We’re bringing these investors and mentors to Ireland for a week. You’ll get to meet them, pitch to them and work with them. They may even invest in your company. We’re organizing an invite only event afterwards, where selected startups may be awarded a place.

     Don’t miss this opportunity

Gold Partners

Invest Northern Irealnd is Northern Ireland’s regional economic development agency and is responsible for the establishment and expansion of small businesses.

Helping Irish Companies to Achieve Global Success

Enterprise Ireland is the state agency responsible for supporting the development of manufacturing and internationally traded services companies.

Silicon Valley Bank is a U.S.-based high-tech commercial bank with offices in a number of other countries. The bank has helped fund more than 30,000 start-ups.

Silver Sponsors

The goal of Fáilte Ireland is to provide strategic and practical support in developing and sustaining Ireland as a high-quality and competitive tourist destination.

RocketSpace provides San Francisco Technology Coworking spaces that unites tech startups, innovative brands, accelerator programs, entrepreneurs. Alumni companies include Spotify, Zaarly, Uber, Leap Motion and many more.

Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world – online or from a mobile phone. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 35,000 cities and 192 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.

Bronze Sponsors

Your growth partner in Europe

Voxpro is a Multilingual Business Process Outsourcing provider delivering customer contact solutions to companies and organisations in the domestic  and international markets.

Beauchamps Solicitors are one of Ireland’s leading full service law firms focused on achieving practical business solutions for clients. Their clients include multinational companies, owner managed businesses, government and public bodies and regulatory authorities.

The olloclip brand includes a growing line of ground-breaking tools and accessories for the mobile photographer.

Mayo County Council’s Enterprise & Investment Unit was established in December 2012 to grow a culture of enterprise and investment in Mayo. Key objectives include working to support sustainable job creation; promoting the Mayo message globally; highlighting all that the County has to offer as a location for investment and new business development; and co-ordinating initiatives in key strategic areas for the County.

Zipcar is the world leader in providing ‘wheels when you want them’ — a revolutionary mobility service that gives members on demand access to a variety of cars in cities, campuses and airports, by the hour or day. Zipcar helps consumers, businesses and governments save money and hassle, while helping make cities better places to live through smart and efficient transportation. 

TURAS is Ireland’s finest brand of Carbon Fibre road bikes. At TURAS we just love bikes. Riding bikes, building bikes, fixing bikes, breaking bikes and talking about bikes. As a result we’re on a continuous mission to provide you with the best riding bike in the world.

Enterprise Equity Venture Capital is a national provider of venture capital to new and expanding companies throughout Ireland. As a professional venture capital funds manager, EEVC has invested €50 million in over 70 companies to date.

Rackspace® (NYSE: RAX) is the global leader in hybrid cloud and founder of OpenStack®, the open-source operating system for the cloud. They have delivered enterprise-level hosting services to businesses of all sizes and kinds around the world since 1998 and have grown to serve more than 205,000 customers. They operate on four continents and have been featured on Sunday Times’ 100 Best Companies to work for.

Customer service software and support ticket software by Zendesk®. Web-based help desk software used by 40000+ organizations worldwide.

Bank of Ireland is  Ireland’s No.1 corporate bank we work with a hugely diverse range of companies and have in-depth experience across all sectors.

PwC is the largest professional services firm in Ireland and provides integrated audit, tax and advisory services across all industries in Ireland and internationally.

In Ireland, PwC employs over 1,800 people in seven locations – Dublin, Cork, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick, Waterford and Wexford.

Whether you’re in the office or on the move, Vodafone have a wide range of solutions to ensure your business is always connected.

SNP is dedicated to ensuring our customers achieve a higher standard of innovative and strategic communication. We help leaders create a strategic message, coach them on tangible skills to improve effectiveness of their delivery, and communicate with customized media tools designed by SNP’s Studio.

For over 20 years, SNP has worked with innovative, industry-leading companies, including Google, Starwood Hotels, Oracle, Twitter, Airbnb and Facebook. We deliver highly customized leadership communication solutions world-wide with offices in San Francisco, NYC and Dublin.