Eoin Costello puts Ireland on the global startup stage in Korea
Speaking at the Startup Nations Summit in Seoul, Korea, Startup Ireland CoFounder Eoin Costello shared the lessons he learnt in growing the Startup Ireland initiative with an audience that included leaders from national entrepreneur development initiatives such as Startup Chile, Startup Australia, Startup Canada and Startup Korea.
The Startup Nations Summit brings together practitioners, entrepreneurs and policy-makers worldwide (including 45 Startup Nations initiatives) each year. The goal of the Summit is to share the latest trends and activities being implemented internationally to support startups and communities, as well as showcasing best practice, to help improve the startup ecosystem in member countries.
Coming shortly after the announcement that Startup Ireland has been appointed to the Government’s ‘Advisory Group on Small Business‘ Costello spoke to the Summit audience about his personal motivation in leading the Startup Ireland initiative in a voluntary capacity to date:
“It is time that entrepreneurship be regarded as a viable career choice by an increasing number of people in Ireland, particularly our students. My goal is that by the time my young son is sitting down to talk to his career guidance counsellor about his options, a career in entrepreneurship will be in the top 3 career options, even outranking traditional professions accountancy and law.”
Other speakers on the agenda included the founder of the Startup America Partnership (Donna Harris), the Assistant Director for Entrepreneurship at the White House (Doug Rand), the Vice President for Research & Policy at the Kauffman Foundation and the Google for Entrepreneurs programme manager (Bridgette Beam).
In conjunction with the Startup Nations Summit the ‘World Startup Competition’ is taking place at the same location as the Summit with the conference held in the mornings and the competition in the afternoon. 40 of the finest startups from around the world are competing for a prize of USD 110,000 sponsored by Huawei, Foxconn, Google, D.CAMP and more. Patrick Leddy of PulsateHQ won the Irish leg of the competition in a pitching contest organised by Startup Ireland. Patrick also performed very well in the public vote element of the ‘World Startup Competition’ putting him in a strong position of 4th going into the finals tomorrow in Korea.
Speaking at the Startup Nations Summit Costello commented:
“The 2014 Summit marks the beginning of a new chapter for the world’s startup community which is helping create some of the fastest growing startup hubs in the world. The Startup Nations network has given Startup Ireland fantastic support since we were accepted as members earlier this year.
I am very ambitious for Ireland’s startup sector to be a leading player in this international startup sector. Our vision is to see Ireland become a global startup hub by 2020, a ‘Startup Island’. The team of volunteers behind Startup Ireland have achieved an extraordinary amount in a short amount of time however the count down to 2020 starts on the first of January 2015. Therefore it is the right time for me to commit to work full time with Startup Ireland on achieving our #Vision2020 goal. To help fund our initial startup costs we will, like a startup, shortly be launching a Kickstarter campaign.
Also I am delighted to be here with one of Ireland’s up and coming success stories, Patrick Leddy of tech startup PulsateHQ and am hoping for a great result for Patrick and Ireland in tomorrow’s ‘World Startup Competition’ here in Seoul.”