Sunday, 9 April 2017

FutureScope, comes to Dublin May 10th

FutureScope, Ireland’s only conference that promotes collaboration between entrepreneurs and large enterprises, will provide 300 start-ups and scale-ups with collaboration opportunities with multinationals and investors over a 12-hour period on 10th May. For a second year running, the event, organised by Dublin BIC, will feature more than 90 speakers and panellists promoting engagement and collaboration between Ireland’s entrepreneurial community and more established big-name organisations.

More than 1,200 members of the start-up, scale-up, multinational, researcher and investor community will attend this year’s FutureScope to discuss evolving trends and how they will shape the future world, providing crucial insights for developing businesses and investors. Start-ups will be given the chance to meet and discuss collaboration opportunities with representatives from some of the biggest global enterprises.

Many of the tech multinationals with a presence in Ireland are confirmed to present on the FutureScope mainstage, including Mastercard, Microsoft and Google. It will also feature local industry leaders such as Paddy Power Betfair, Fire, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and Genomics Medicine Ireland, which recently received $40m million in a Series A funding round. Slack, the fastest-scaling company on the planet after being valued at $2 billion following two years of operation, will share its growth story, while US-based DAQRI will offer its insights into its vison of the virtual and augmented reality future.

The FutureScope mainstage, FutureScope Insights, will be divided into four themes:

Machines Vs Humans: Will intelligent machines destroy jobs, or will they create higher value jobs?

The Connected World: Now at the very peak of ‘inflated expectations’ on the Gartner Hype Cycle 2017, where do the opportunities lie for IoT?

Unicorns Vs Rabbits: Many entrepreneurs aspire to build a unicorn. But what about a RABBIT (Real Actual Business Building Interesting Tech)?

Fintech: Fintech is maturing. Where are the cards falling, who will be the winners and what’s next?

Away from the mainstage, FutureScope will also feature a dedicated Collaboration Stage, which will showcase some of the best partnerships in Ireland and how they work. Those taking part will include SFI, Dublin City Council, Google, Ryanair, The CONNECT Centre, Enterprise Ireland and Vodafone.

As part of FutureScope, Dublin BIC is looking to find Ireland’s Most Scalable Idea. One entrepreneur or start-up will be crowned FutureScope One2Watch 2017, winning a package of start-up supports including the opportunity to pitch a business idea to an audience of more than 1,200 on the FutureScope mainstage, a desk at the Guinness Enterprise Centre (GEC), investor-ready preparation from Dublin BIC and €2,000 in cash. Submissions are in and the four finalists will be announced mid-April.

FutureScope will also welcome businesses and entrepreneurs to Pitch to Ryanair. Those pitching will imagine what they would do if they had Ryanair’s customer base and its resources.

Michael Culligan, CEO, Dublin BIC, said: “At Dublin BIC, where our purpose is to empower entrepreneurs to start and scale, we are privileged to work with some of the brightest, most ambitious entrepreneurs who are building great businesses with the potential to scale internationally.

“We created FutureScope because we saw the need for a conference of international scale and ambition but with an Irish focus. Collaboration can be a real driving force for growth for young tech companies and a great way to access innovation for more established companies. FutureScope presents real and significant opportunities for genuine collaboration between start-ups, scale-ups and more established companies.”

FutureScope will take place at Dublin’s Convention Centre on Wednesday 10th May. For tickets visit futurescope.ie.