Innovative Immigration by Techstars

Updated: Feb 17, 2019

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” George Bernard Shaw

From the 8th to 10th of March 2019 the first Immigration Startup Weekend will take place in Dublin at Udemy.


New Year, same challenges.

Geopolitical crises, economical crises and climate change are the biggest problems we’re facing in 2019. Immigration is a topic that is tightly linked with all of them. Migrants are a synonym of war, government failure, and social poverty. Despite all the struggles they face, they’re often met with criticism and skepticism. It doesn’t have to be that way. 200 years ago migration was a synonym of hope and conquest. Civilization as we know it is the result of it: people have crossed borders for as long as they’ve existed. Today, people are fleeing their countries to escape death, dictators and struggling economies. They’re fighting for what’s best for them: they want a change. Other people are leaving their countries to seek employment, or to learn about another culture.


No matter the cause, migrants bring something we cannot buy or recreate.They are bringing experiences and knowledge. They richen our lives: the more experiences they have, the more they can pass knowledge onto us. We only understand what we know, and everyone knows something different. Solving problems is almost impossible with a restricted perspective. That is why diversity is vital. We need people from every country and every background to tackle the problems we face together. It’s only combined that we have all the pieces to change the future.


The goal of immigration startup weekend

The goal is to create a healthy environment where entrepreneurs from  diverse backgrounds can create, collaborate and build firm contacts in the Irish business scene as well as finding innovative solutions to make the world more diverse and inclusive. We believe no one should be left behind.


Startup Weekend is a 54 hour experience where people experience the highs, lows, joys and pressures that form life at a startup. They will learn how to create a real company, they will meet the very best mentors, investors, co-founders and sponsors, all of whom are ready to help them get started. So whoever the participants may be and whatever dreams and aspirations they may have, everyone should come and take part in a weekend that could be a life changer. For this Startup weekend edition we have amazing sponsors that share the same belief that talented people come from everywhere.


The Dublin City Council, The local Enterprise Office, Techfugees, Huckeltree, The Dublin Tech summit and the Guinness Enterprise Center. All of them have offered amazing prizes to allow the participants to have the necessary resources to move forward with their projects. (Detailed list of the Prizes and sponsors here).


So whoever you are, whatever you are doing in your life: be part of the change and join us for this event.

You can book your ticket here. To reach as much people as we can, we’d appreciate you sharing this article and the website on all your social media. You can as well use the old school method and tell everyone that in 2019 Migrants are coming and that this is a good thing!


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Sophie Benoit, Organizer of Startup Weekend Immigration Dublin

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