Startup Island, powered by Bank of Ireland, brought 150 global startups together for an intensive business bootcamp on Spike Island over 18-19 November.
The two day event saw participants pooling their knowledge and sharing their experiences of the startup journey, as well as receiving first-hand insights from seasoned mentors, investors and business leaders. The agenda focused on developing resilient business models, self-reliant leadership, marketing and networks.
Former US Army Special Forces soldier, Jan Rutherford, and former Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Marines, Chris Paton, were just two of the incredible mentors that worked closely with the startups throughout the event. Another highlight of Startup Island was the fireside chat between entrepreneur Dan Ramamoorthy and venture capitalist Brian Caulfield, which delved into the unexpected, and sometimes unthinkable, difficulties startups can face.
The unique event also saw attendees pushed outside their comfort zones by Spike Adventure, while a pitch competition, the CorkBIC Global Investor Challenge brought 12 top startups together to compete for a €50,000 prize fund.
Medical devices startup, Skellig Surgical, fought off stiff competition to win the overall prize, with ComfyLight and FruitCubed narrowly missing out on the top spot. Skellig Surgical is focused on the design and commercialisation of user-centred, minimally-invasive technology. Its flagship product is SecuRetract, a disposable bowel retractor.
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