WEDNESDAY, 2 NOVEMBER 2016: Entrepreneurs, startups and startup supporters are being urged to have their say on Ireland’s business environment by Startup Ireland, the national umbrella organisation for startups. Startup Ireland is currently developing Ireland’s first startup manifesto, and is seeking feedback from members of the startup community.
The purpose of the manifesto is to highlight areas that need improvement, and to offer possible solutions for this improvement, to ensure that Ireland becomes a global startup hub by 2020.
The groundbreaking manifesto seeks to address issues across four key pillars – access to talent, access to finance, startup supports and the general business environment.
A draft manifesto has been published online at www.startupireland.ie/manifesto and entrepreneurs, startups and individuals are encouraged to read it and email their feedback and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feedback must be received no later than Friday 11 November in order to qualify for inclusion in the manifesto.
Lorcan O’Sullivan, volunteer manifesto project coordinator with Startup Ireland, said: “Other countries have found manifestos to be very useful in driving improvements in their startup ecosystems, so we decided it was important to develop one for Ireland in order to help drive necessary changes.
“We are looking for help from the startup and scaleup community to ensure we address the right elements. We are urging people to send their feedback on the draft version to email@example.com by 11 November. Once it has been revised, we need as many people as possible to sign up to it online – the more signatures we get the more effective it will be at driving change.”
Following the period of consultation, a final manifesto will be prepared and entrepreneurs, investors and startups will be asked to endorse it online. The final manifesto will then be launched at the Startup Nations Summit in Cork on Saturday 19 November in front of international delegates and thought leaders.
The Startup Nations Summit gathers a network of startup community leaders and policymakers from around the world to help better enable high impact entrepreneurship, especially through the identification of policy levers and smart public sector driven programmes.
Startup Ireland plans to raise the findings of the manifesto with the Irish government and will deliver the completed startup manifesto to Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
Ireland’s startup manifesto was compiled following extensive research of other startup ecosystems, as well as face-to-face consultation with key stakeholders in the Irish startup sector. The work done on the manifesto by Lorcan O’Sullivan, a recently retired Enterprise Ireland employee, has been done on an entirely personal basis and has not been influenced or directed in any way by Enterprise Ireland.