Applications now open for female tech startup competition in Derry

  • Applications are now open for the all-female tech startup pitch competition at Derry’s inaugural Spartacus Lineup event on 5 March.

    The prize package includes post-event support from 20 businesses and advocates that will help the winning startup on their entrepreneurial journey. ‘The 20’ competition is open to women in tech across Ireland, and applications can be made here

    Applications will be open until 27 February. All startups who apply by Friday 21 February will be shortlisted and take the first allocated slots to pitch.

    Taking place during Derry and Strabane Council’s Enterprise Week, the one-day conference will focus on women in tech, tech inclusion, the future of work, and the future of education.

    RELATED: 'Women in Tech' event to take place at Derry and Strabane Enterprise Week 2020

    Alastair Cameron, co-founder of Startacus said: "We look forward to receiving applications from throughout the island of Ireland, and we also encourage applications from early stage female founding teams in the North West.

    “We are really keen to not only give a platform to women in tech, but to make sure that the winning startup is given access to a diary of connections that can help that startup fulfil its potential. Building a strong network is invaluable to any startup’s success, so we feel that this prize could open unimaginable doors. We also can’t wait to announce who those 20 advocates and mentors will be.”

    Key speakers include Naomi Timperly, Head of Growth Programmes at rradar, who is also a published author, speaker, panellist and one of the top 25 in Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Women in UK IT 2019. Also involved will be Dave Graham, Emerging Technology Messaging - Dell Technologies;  Paula Kennedy Garcia, Vice President at Concentrix, and Mary McKenna, leading technology entrepreneur and angel investor. 

    Click here for more info. Interested sponsors can also reach out to

    About the author

    Niamh is a Sync NI writer with a previous background of working in FinTech and financial crime. She has a special interest in sports and emerging technologies. To connect with Niamh, feel free to send her an email or connect on Twitter.

    Got a news-related tip you’d like to see covered on Sync NI? Email the editorial team for our consideration.

Share this story