Europe’s biggest technology festival ‘UPRISE’ comes to Dublin’s RDS

Dublin City Council’s, Economic Development & Enterprise Office is proud to support Europe’s biggest Start-Up/Technology festival ‘UPRISE’ which comes to Dublin’s RDS, Ballsbridge, on Thursday, 20th October, 2016 from 9am – 6.30pm.


150 crazy start-ups, 15 workshops, buskers, games, music, DJ’s, entertainment, jobs and much more, will provide the perfect environment to allow for networking and great conversation on technology and development.


This unique festival, born in Amsterdam, puts people first and technology second, promising no public wifi for the 2,000 attendees. There will be no big guest speakers just 150 innovative young companies, practical workshops and interactive panels including Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Salesforce, and SEEDrs.


The festival also adds Irish buskers and food stalls to a relaxed environment of CEO’s and talent, helping to make new business ideas more approachable, investable and connected.


An epic start-up Pitch Battle will see 6 international start-ups pit their strengths against 6 Irish based start-ups, after local heats were held in Europe and the USA in earlier this year.  To a frenzy of audience questions, answers and reactions, the audience will decide which company wins (no judging panel required!).  Dublin City Local Enterprise Office (LEO) will award a prize fund of €5,000 to the winning entrepreneur.

“As Chair of the Economic Development and Enterprise SPC for Dublin City Council, I am delighted to see Uprise 4 taking place in Dublin for the First time. The Start-up community is critical for the continued success of the Dublin City Economy. We are eager to support initiatives that create employment and develop a strong collaborative and sustainable enterprise eco-system for Dublin”, said Dublin City Councillor Paul McAuliffe.

Greg Swift, Head of Enterprise and Economic Development, Dublin City Council said, “We are delighted to be supporting the UPRISE Festival 2016 here in Dublin.  The move will no doubt showcase the success of Dublin as being a hotbed of activity and support for emerging Start-Ups. The doors of the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Dublin City are always open to those thinking of starting their own business or to those already in business but in need of extra support.”


As founder Paul O’Connell said ‘There is no better place than Ireland to strengthen our call to show more people the raw power of talent from Europe and beyond’.


Tickets for the festival and programme for the day are available at

Conor McCabe Photography will syndicate photos to the picture desks today.







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Notes to the Editor

Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Dublin City pulls together agencies, local authorities and the private sector to support anyone with a business idea.  Business advice clinics, training, mentoring, financial support, networking and enterprise education are just some of the services available.