The 2016 Startup Nations Summit will be the first year that the event will be held in Europe. The Summit will bring together startup community builders, policy makers, advisors, public and private representatives and will take place in November.
The summit will serve as the official conclusion of Global Entrepreneurship Week, a collection of 30,000 events with 10 million participants in 160 countries.
The Startup Nations Summit is likely to take greater prominence in the Irish Tech world calendar due to the movement of the popular ‘Web Summit 2016’ to Lisbon.
Dublin joins a number of cities that have hosted the Startup Nations Summit from Toronto in 2012, Kuala Lumpur in 2013, Seoul in 2014 and Monterrey, Mexico in 2015
Speaking at the announcement of the winning bid, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny said, “Ireland is garnering international attention for its successful creation of a strong supportive ecosystem for entrepreneurship. Startups are a key part of Ireland's recovery and we want to help them create 70,000 of the 200,000 jobs we will create by 2020.
“We are delighted that Ireland is the first European country ever to host Startup Nations Summit in partnership with the Global Entrepreneurship Network.”
Project Director of Cork Innovates, Siobhán Finn added, “Cork is a prime European location for Startup Nations Summit in 2016. The vision of the local authorities, business support agencies and educational institutions in the Region have been working together for the last number of years, through Cork innovates, to drive and nurture entrepreneurship and innovation in the Cork region.
"The fact that GEN has selected Cork as the location of choice for this global event is testament to the determination and commitment of this collaboration to create a model startup ecosystem.”