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Tech Connect Live

19. 05. 2017

Largest Gathering of Irish Tech Leaders, Startups and  VC’s to take place in May

  • Speakers include Kieran Harte, Uber, Amanda Roche Kelly,  Just-Eat, Paul Farrell, Virgin Business Media
  • 200 startups, 200 exhibitors, 200 speakers & 400 investors.
  • Investors include HBAN, KX Tech Fund, Strategic Innovation Partners and Enterprise Ireland.

DUBLIN, IRELAND – Virgin Media Business Ireland TechConnect Live, Ireland’s fastest growing event for the Irish technology ecosystem, will take place on May 31st 2017 in the RDS, Dublin. In its second year, 3000+ senior technology and business executives, 200 startups, 200 exhibitors and 400 investors from Ireland and the world will gather to network and pitch to the largest gathering of technology purchasers in Ireland.

With 200 speakers this year at TechConnect Live across 6 stages it makes it the largest one day gathering discussing the Irish tech ecosystem. Speakers this year include:

  • Paul Farrell, VP – Commercial, Virgin Business Media
  • Louise Phelan, VP – EMEA, Paypal
  • Luis Franco, VP – International Business Operations
  • Kieran Harte, Head of Cities, UK & Ireland, Uber
  • Amanda Roche Kelly, Managing Director – Ireland, Just-Eat.

“We’re delighted to bring together Ireland’s tech leaders, startup founders and innovators for our second year. It’s a challenging time due to Brexit and the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation just down the tracks but there is a great deal of optimism at the moment. The amount of money raised by startups in Ireland is the highest it’s ever been and we’ve the fastest growing tech worker population in Europe so we expect the optimism to be on display at the event.” Colin Murphy, Organiser of Virgin Media Business Ireland TechConnect Live said.


Over 200 startups will attend Virgin Media Business Ireland TechConnect Live this year to meet investors and sell to over 1,500 technology purchasers. The conference will feature a startup focused event, Startup Connect. Startup Connect will feature 30 experienced speakers including Julian Kulkarni, Chief Marketing Ireland, Morgan McKinley, Tony Corrigan, Founder & CEO, Tenderscout and Niamh Bushnell of Tech Ireland.

Startups will compete in the Wayra pitch competition at the event. The two winning Irish startups will have the opportunity to compete at the Wayra finals against 42 of the the world’s best startups and the potential to secure access to the world-leading startup accelerator programme which has assisted UK and Irish startups secure $110m in third party funding.

Virgins VOOM bus will also be at the event to take registrations for VOOM 2017, Ireland and the UK’s largest pitch competition. They will be on hand to advise startups on investment, digital marketing and other key areas.


Over 400 Irish and international investors will attend TechConnect Live 2017 including:

  • Naghmeh Reilly, High Potential Startup Divisions, Enterprise Ireland.
  • Julian Seymour, Syndicates Manager, HBAN
  • Kevin McGivern, KX Tech Fund.
  • Laurence Knell, Strategic Innovation Partners.
  • Ian Lucey, Lucey Fund


Virgin Media Business Ireland TechConnect Live will feature 20 conferences across 6 stages including:
The National Sales and Marketing Summit

  • Grow Your Business Online Expo
  • HealthTech Connect
  • IT Connect
  • SportsTech Connect

Other topics included this year include Fintech, Investment & Funding, Data, Cloud Computing,

Content, Mobile, Cleantech, Marketing, Enterprise Technology, Apps, Software, Gaming, Factory Technology, Telecommunications, Careers, IOT, Sports Technology, Distributive technologies and more.

Entry is free for attendees and includes access to all conferences and exhibitor pavilions including the National Sales and Marketing Summit and Grow Your Business Online Expo. Attendees can book their tickets at