This Saturday will see the first Start Summit, a one-day event aimed at getting would-be start-ups off the ground. The event takes place in Dublin Castle and it is organised by former Young Entrepreneur of the Year Jamie White.

Speakers at the event include Bobby Healy, chief technology officer at CarTrawler; Dan Kiely, founder and CEO at Voxpro; Ray Nolan, founder and CEO at XSellco and Hostelworld; Jacquie Marsh, entrepreneur, business start up specialist and mentor and Pat Falvey, author, adventurer and Entrepreneur. 


Jamie White has built up and sold several businesses, including CollegeTimes.com and TeenTimes.com. He now works with brands worldwide on their social media marketing through his "Leading Social" business. Mr White said his goal for the Start Summit is to inspire, encourage and accelerate the journey of early-stage entrepreneurial attendees.

He said that some of the most successful and intelligent entrepreneurs in the country will speak at the weekend event at The Start Summit, adding that he wished an event of this nature had been around when he was starting off. The average age of a successful entrepreneur here is 45, he added.

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