Deserted Prison to Host Startup Island Bootcamp

Investors, entrepreneurs, startups and experts will be thrown together on Spike Island with no escape. It’s survival of the fittest.


As part of this year’s Global Startup Gathering in Cork, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, organisers have launched an intensive startup bootcamp with a twist – on the site of a disused former prison, on an island off the coast of Cork.

Spike Island will play host to a gritty, two-day, overnight bootcamp that will challenge the way startups think. 150 Startups will be pushed outside of their comfort zones with a physical, army-style bootcamp putting them through their paces. Business masterclasses will cover a range of important topics, with everything from pitching to raising capital on the table.

David Merriman, Head of Enterprise Development at Bank of Ireland said:

“This unique event will challenge startups to hone their skills in an intense, high pressure weekend. With a strong track record in supporting enterprise activity, Bank of Ireland is delighted to be involved in this year’s GSG2016.”

Running in parallel with Spike Island is the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) Startup Nations Summit, which will bring together leaders of national entrepreneurship initiatives from over 80 countries. This will be the first year that the Startup Nations Summit will be held in Europe.

Tickets for Startup Island are priced at €50 per person for an overnight experience or €25 for those not brave enough to stay on the island! Applications are now being accepted for a limited number of free places if startups can tell us in 200 words or less why they deserve it.

The Global Startup Gathering, hosted by Startup Ireland and Cork Innovates, is taking place 17 to 20 November 2016, as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Further details of the event, tickets and applications can be found on