AFIXR Co-Hosts The Irish Startup Conference 2021

August 9, 2021

The Irish Startup Conference 2021 is the second conference for Irish Startups of the year, gathering founders, VCs, executives, seed fund partners, general partners, journalists, and bloggers from diverse backgrounds and industries.

About this Event

The Irish Startup Conference 2021 is the second conference for Irish Startups of the year, gathering founders, VCs, executives, seed fund partners, general partners, journalists, and bloggers from diverse backgrounds and industries.

Time is your most valuable resource, and it’s scarce - we want to give you the best selection of Startup Growth Practices in ninety minutes. This is a pitch-free, no-nonsense, practical event where you will get ideas you can implement in your Startup tomorrow.

Hosted by AFIXR & Startup Network Europe, this webinar will focus on Practical Steps to Scale your Startup. A large proportion of speakers and guests will be Irish Startup Founders based in Silicon Valley and elsewhere in the United States.

Join us and get access to industry trends and innovative tools, keynote speakers, and virtual discussions on everything related to the startups of tomorrow.

Please note that this webinar is completely free to attend. It will be funded by about three sponsors - likely companies that supply software services to startups.

When is this Event?

Date And Time

Tue, 27 April 2021

16:00 – 17:30 IST

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Why Attend?

  • Gain insights and useful tips from 30+ startup and industry speakers
  • Learn about the latest trends and developments in the Irish startup space
  • Pre-event Networking via the LinkedIn event page
  • Make useful industry connections
  • Learn about supports available at the national, regional and local level
  • Spark creativity and innovation
  • Get involved in the Q&A

The Speaker List

Jen Condon

CEO/Founder of AFIXR

Jen Condon is the founder and CEO of AFIXR, AFIXR helps startups & SMEs with small to medium tasks by providing vetted office assistance so they can save time and resources.

Jen has over 13 years of experience in operations, project and programme management in Ireland and internationally, working with companies and organizations including Enterprise Ireland and the Irish Exporters Association.

Adam Fulham

CEO/Founder of Startup Network Europe

Startup Network Europe is Europe’s Online Startup Community that aims to help businesses during the pandemic by hosting: Online Meetups, Online Seminars, and Online Trade Conferences.

Adam is also the founder of and works as a Sales Specialist at Docsity.

Martina Fitzgerald

CEO of Scale Ireland


Martina has extensive communications experience, including working as the political correspondent for RTÉ, prior to joining Scale Ireland. 

Scale Ireland is a not-for-profit organization that represents and advocates on behalf of tech start-up and scale-up companies in Ireland.

Gillian Buckley

Chairperson of The Irish Venture Capitalist Association

Gillian is the Investment Manager of the WDC Investment Fund, an Evergreen VC Fund for the West of Ireland. 

She is also Chairperson of the IVCA, the representative body for venture capital and private equity firms in Ireland.

‘Silicon Docks’ Rapid Fire Talks


Ryan Scott

CEO of DropChef

Ryan previously worked at companies including North Sails and Explore NZ in New Zealand and VitaCoco and ServiceSource in Ireland prior to founding DropChef.

DropChef is an Irish meal-kit delivery service providing healthy meal kits with locally sourced ingredients to locations across Ireland.

Alison Cowzer

Co-Founder at East Coast Bakehouse


Along with being the co-founder of East Coast Bakehouse, Alison is MD of The Company of Food and is a board member of numerous NGOs.

East Coast Bakehouse is an Irish biscuit company available in 26+ countries worldwide. 

Rosanne Longmore

Chief Executive Officer of Coroflo

Prior to founding Coroflo, Rosanne worked in numerous positions in the finance industry, in areas including wealth management and client services.

Coroflo is a startup which has developed Coro, a revolutionary breastfeeding monitor so mothers can know exactly how much milk their baby is getting.

Sean Smith

Co-Founder & Director of Micron Agritech

Sean is Co-founder and Commercial Director at Micron Agritech, an agricultural technology company that has developed an innovative, portable technology that allows farmers and vets to rapidly detect parasites in production animals.

Sonia Deasy

Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Pestle & Mortar


Prior to launching Pestle & Mortar, Sonia worked alongside her husband in their portrait photography business. 

Pestle & Mortar is an award-winning Irish skincare company that was founded in 2014.

John Maguire

Co-Founder & CEO of


John previously worked at a number of travel and leisure companies, including Ticketmaster and Aer Lingus.

TripAdmit provides a digital ticketing platform enabling activity and tour operators to sell their services online.

Luke Mackey

Country Manager of Bolt


Luke previously founded several startups, including Bamboo, a mobile food ordering app. 

Bolt is an on-demand transportation platform offering services ranging from ride-hailing to food delivery.

Patrick Liddy

Co-Founder of UtilityAR


Patrick is a qualified Electrical Engineer and previously worked in several engineering and energy roles.

UtilityAR provides Augmented Reality solutions for industrial use.

Ahmad Mu’azzam

Co-Founder of Evocco



Ahmad and his co-founder, Hugh, started Evocco following their graduation from Trinity College, Dublin, where they both received Masters in Mechanical Engineering.

Evocco is a mobile app that empowers consumers to track, improve, and offset their food emissions.

James McGann

Co-Founder of Frankie Health

James previously worked in several sales and marketing roles in companies around the world including Epsilon and Web Summit.

Frankie Health has developed a cloud-based tool for businesses that provides personalized mental health care to support employee wellbeing.

Dhanya Jayachandra

Co-Founder & CTO at Unitek AI


Unitek is an Irish company that provides a no-code intelligent automation platform for organisations of all sizes. 

Dhanya previously worked at Oracle and holds a Master’s Degree in Data Science and Analytics from University College Cork.

Luke Rynne Cullen

Founder of TuneRelease &


TuneRelease is a media pitching platform that secures coverage for song releases. is a booking platform designed for the live music industry.

Along with being the Founder of two start-ups, Luke also works as the Marketing, Communications & Community lead at Scale Ireland.

Mark McDonagh

Co-Founder of The Startup Van


Mark Cofounded and Established one of the most recognised, award winning media & entertainment brands for entrepreneurs in the UK and Ireland. He built viewership from 0 to over 60 million and has personally interviewed over 3,000+ founders. Mark created, launched and successfully produced ‘The Round Up’, the only daily chat show for entrepreneurs in the UK and Ireland.

‘Silicon Valley’ Panel Discussion

Paul Biggar

Founder of CircleCI and Dark


Paul has founded multiple startups and holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Trinity College, Dublin.

CircleCI makes continuous integration tools that help software teams to release quality code faster. Dark provides a new way to build serverless backends, making it easier to code.

Laura Modi

CEO & Co-Founder of Bobbie


Laura previously worked in several roles in tech companies including Google and Airbnb.

Bobbie is an infant formula company offering the first European Style formula in the US that meets FDA standards.

Paul Burfield

SVP & Head of Western United States - Enterprise Ireland


Paul previously worked in several sales and marketing roles across Australia and the UK, as well as co-founding a startup, Albox Australia.

Enterprise Ireland is the Irish state agency responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. 

Romy Lynch

Co-Founder of Mona & Quorum


Romy previously worked in engineering at Arytza and Intel, before founding Mona in 2019. 

Mona allows users to create a beautiful page to sell their skills and services.


Páraic Hayes

Head of West Coast United States at IDA Ireland


Páraic has spent 15 years advising leading US Technology and Lifesciences companies on global expansion projects. Prior to joining IDA, he was part of the Irish landing team of a European FinTech company, and worked in marketing, and consultancy roles in the Technology, and Financial sector across Europe.  

He leads the US West Coast team at IDA Ireland, the Irish Investment Promotion Agency. Ireland is the international home for over 1,500 international companies across Technology, Life Sciences and Financial Services, and the Go-To location for fast growing start-ups internationalizing for the first time.  IDA’s West Coast team works with most of Silicon Valleys most innovative and successful companies to help them scale their international business.   

Conor Power

Founder & CEO at Interpreter Intelligence


Conor previously worked in software engineering in companies including Genentech and Coban Corporation.

Interpreter Intelligence is an Interpreter Platform for interpreter service delivery and backend business management.


Galvea Kelly

Chief Marketing Officer at Collective


Galvea is a global award winning marketing leader and Chief Marketing Officer at Collective. She has led marketing globally across several multi-billion dollar, global organisations and had her own digital marketing agency to boot. She has been recognised several times over as one of the Top Marketing people in the US and Europe. Her goal is to support startups to transform how they scale, connect and thrive.  

Áine Mulloy

Forbes Top 100 & Formerly Co-Founder & CMO at GirlCrew


Áine currently works as an Innovation Design Lead at Accenture.

GirlCrew was an Irish social media company that provided an online community for women to connect with each other.

‘Silicon Island' Panel Discussion

Carol Ho

National President of JCI Ireland


Along with being the National President of JCI Ireland, Carol is also the COO of Galway-based BaseWorx and is studying for a Masters of Science in Technology Management at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Junior Chamber International is a youth leadership development organization with over 200,000 members across 100+ countries. 

Gene Murphy

Co-Founder at Startup Boost


Gene has founded multiple businesses and was previously a co-founder of Startup Ireland and an Entrepreneur In Residence at Bank of Ireland.

Startup Boost is a global tech startup pre-accelerator program that aims to lead pre-seed stage startups towards accelerators, investment, and revenue.


Andrea Reynolds

CEO & Co-Founder of Swoop


Andrea previously worked in the accounting and consulting industries and is a Founding Partner of Re.Fresch Consulting.

Swoop is a technology platform for small and medium businesses seeking finance in the form of loans, equity, and grants.

Julianne O’Leary

Partnership Programme Manager at The Guinness Enterprise Centre

In her role, Julianne is responsible for the development of the wider Guinness Enterprise Centre network, nationally and internationally, alongside managing the CoConnect and Prosper Series programmes.

The Guinness Enterprise Centre is a Business Incubator for ambitious and innovative companies managed by the Dublin Business Innovation Centre.

David Connolly

Business Advisor at Local Enterprise Office


In his role in the Local Enterprise Office Dublin City, David has responsibility for a portfolio of 150 client businesses from the Food & Technology sectors.

There are 31 different Local Enterprise Offices located across Ireland that provide support for new startups and small businesses.

Michael O’Dea

Senior Development Advisor for High Potential Start-ups at Enterprise Ireland


Michael works with a portfolio of early-stage technology companies and is responsible for both supporting and advising Irish start-up companies across global markets.

Enterprise Ireland is the Irish state agency responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets.


Menno Axt

Head of Platform at NDRC  - Ireland's National Startup Accelerator



The NDRC is a national startup accelerator programme for globally ambitious tech entrepreneurs in Ireland.

Menno previously worked as the Membership Development Manager at Galvanize, and graduated from Colorado State University, with degrees in Business Administration & Economics. 


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