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October 17, 2016

Startup Wake – The Return


Dearly beloved,

DCU Ryan Academy in mourning with BeachHut PR and the Office Of Dublin’s Commissoner for Startups sadly announces the return of our sixth Startup Wake, to Dublin.

Following an international tour of Startup Wakes in London, Tech Open Air Berlin, SXSW Austin TX and Built in Cork, we are bringing it back home to Dublin where it all began.

Venue: Smock Alley Theatre, 6/7 Exchange Street, Dublin 8
Date: Wednesday 2nd November
Time: 6pm – 9pm



Eoghan Stack, DCU Ryan Academy CEO


Chief Celebrant:


The Very Reverend Paul Hayes

 Reflection: Howard Millar – Stellwagen Capital 

Howard is the current CEO of Stellwagen Capital and COO of Stellwagen group, following 23 years with Ryanair as Chief Fnancial Officer and Deputy CEO.


Recently Deceased:





Kevin Holler – Shake.io

Shake was founded to help Irish companies hire the best student and graduate talent with a focus will be on high-tech positions such as software developers, web developers and designers

Christian Ryder – Fonesense
FoneSense, was a mobile-advertising platform allowing brands to reward mobile-phone users for selecting and using a branded advertising jingle as their ringtone

Barry Redmond – Brim Brothers
Brim Brothers was founded to develop the world’s first wearable power meter for competitive cyclists. In early 2016 the company ran a successful Kickstarter campaign but then ran into a series of technical difficulties. On 24th October 2016 Brim Brothers announced that it had run out of finance and would cease operations.




John O’Sullivan – ACT Venture Capital
John is a Director of ACT Venture Capital and has been in varied operating roles and venture investing for over 20 years.  John will emotionally bring his stories of venture success, failures and learnings to the night’s proceedings. 

Gianni Matera – Growing Capital
Gianni Matera is a successful Italian serial entrepreneur. Amongst the companies he founded, DigiTouch went public in 2015 and currently has a market valuation of >€32mln.  Nowadays, Gianni is a partner with seed fund Growing Capital who invest in tech companies based in Ireland. Gianni brings one of his early startup failures, “Betting Time”, to the wake for burial.

Sarah Carey – Newstalk, The Independent
Sarah is a newspaper columnist and broadcaster with a background in technology marketing, corporate writing, PR consultancy and decision making.


Chief Eulogist:



Peter Ryan

A former minor hurler with Tipperary, Peter was diagnosed with Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON), a rare genetic disorder resulting in substantial sight loss, at the age of 19. Peter travelled to Rio earlier this year to compete in the Paralympic Tandem Cycling event.

Hear from some of the most successful Irish startups and VCs on their past failures and learnings, as we gather together in memory of their past dead startups – to hear their stories, learn the lessons and raise the parting glass.An evening with Ireland’s most innovative startups and top investors, all whom have experienced failure.



Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing