Have your say in Ireland’s Startup Manifesto!

Yet another European country is developing a Startup Manifesto. On 2 November Startup Ireland published a draft version of Ireland’s proposed Startup Manifesto to facilitate public feedback.  The draft is available at www.startupireland.ie/manifesto and Startup Ireland are seeking feedback on it

Feedback must be sent to  no later than Friday 11 November in order to qualify for inclusion in the manifesto.

The groundbreaking manifesto seeks to address issues across four key pillars – access to talent, access to finance, startup supports and the general business environment.

Lorcan O’Sullivan, volunteer manifesto project coordinator with Startup Ireland, said: “Other countries have found manifestos to be very useful in driving improvements in their startup ecosystems, so we decided it was important to develop one for Ireland in order to help drive necessary changes.

“We are looking for help from the startup and scaleup community to ensure we address the right elements. We are urging people to send their feedback on the draft version to  by 11 November. Once it has been revised, we need as many people as possible to sign up to it online – the more signatures we get the more effective it will be at driving change.”

Following the period of consultation, a final manifesto will be prepared and entrepreneurs, investors and startups will be asked to endorse it online. The final manifesto will then be launched at the Startup Nations Summit in Cork on Saturday 19 November in front of international delegates and thought leaders.

The Startup Nations Summit gathers a network of startup community leaders and policymakers from around the world to help better enable high impact entrepreneurship, especially through the identification of policy levers and smart public sector driven programmes.

Startup Ireland plans to raise the findings of the manifesto with the Irish government and will deliver the completed startup manifesto to Ireland’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny.

Have your say at www.startupireland.ie/manifesto.