Attending February’s First Fridays for Startups!
First Fridays for Startups is back for 2021 and we were delighted to attend this month’s event held on February 5th!
The event was hosted by Dogpatch Labs, a hub for Irish startups based in the Dublin Digital Docklands. The day consisted of zoom meetings, breakout rooms, and live streaming.
Here’s what we got up to!
The opening session ‘Welcome to Ireland’s Startup Ecosystem’ was broadcasted live to attendees tuning in from their homes. We spent time in breakout rooms, networking with like-minded people and of course, learning about each other’s companies and businesses.
One on One Mentoring
After the opening session, attendees were paired with mentors in two 20 minute 1 on 1 sessions. For us, Renee from our marketing team met with Guarav Pathek from Google, who specialises in business development and go-to market strategy. Renee got the opportunity to share our marketing plan as an EdTech start-up and ask questions about content strategies surrounding our company’s website and social platforms.
The second meeting included a 1 on 1 session with Julio Hansoul, also from Google, who specialises in sales and go – to market strategies. Julio gave insights on growing exponentially, knowing where the customers are and creating specific targeting messaging.
Fireside Chat with Patricia Scanlon
This ‘From Lab to Living Room’ live stream featured Patricia Scanlon. Patricia shared her insights from commercialising products and fundraising for SoapBox Labs. The inspiring session gave an insight into how Patricia built groundbreaking, research-led AI leveraging Irish universities and the Irish R&D ecosystem.
Educate with Daire Hickey
Titled ‘Rules to Live by for Startup PR’, this 50 minute session really gave us some concrete rules for telling your company’s story and vision. Daire Hickey, founder of 150Bond, gave words of advice for preparing a press release, pitching to journalists, and creating a voice for your company. Daire’s top tip: cold emails – do it!
Here are some tweets from the event:
It was a great introduction to Dogpatch Labs’ First Fridays. Our highlight? Probably networking with like-minded people and diving into an ecosystem of exciting Irish start-ups.
Looking forward to future First Friday events! Great work, Dogpatch Labs!