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‘Start-ups: Disruptor or Better Mousetrap? - encourage the next Uber or traditional business?’

Tuesday 15th October 2019 - Tuesday 15th October 2019
7 pm
Upstairs in McGrattan’s Bar
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TechBrew Dublin October 2019

We are happy to sponsor the Techbrew October edition. 

Theme of the evening: ‘Start-ups: Disruptor or Better Mousetrap? - encourage the next Uber or traditional business?’


Aimed at: leaders, investors and advisors in tech companies: Founders, Advisors, Mentors, Programme Leaders, Investors or anyone supporting the growth of the Technology Sector.

Moderated by: Donagh Kiernan, CEO Tenego Partnering


Start-up speak is a particular language with MVP, Pivoting and Disruptive Business Models. How should we be encouraging our start-up founders in their business ideas and goals?


  • Is Disruption a bad word, when you consider the challenges and limited opportunities for success?
  • Should we be encouraging more traditional approaches and evolutionary ideas rather than revolutionary?
  • Is Ireland a location for start-ups with big goals big risk ideas?
  • Do we have the business supports and investment needed to build world shaking businesses out of Ireland?
  • OR should we be seeking to support the big dreams?


Hear from expert speakers followed by open discussion.

We’re delighted to announce Colm Lyon CEO of as our first speaker.


Attendance is free, but booking is essential. Please note capacity is limited & priority will be given to technology companies. 


Colm Lyon, CEO fire.comColm is the CEO and founder of Fire help businesses to manage their payments with digital accounts and debit cards, that support a range of payment services, which are accessible via a powerful API. Regulated since 2010, has over 3,000 business clients using its services. In addition to offering sterling and euro accounts & cards, is also authorised as a payment initiation provider under PSD2 and is a member of the Open Banking ecosystem in the UK.


Colm also founded Realex Payments, which was acquired in March 2015 by Global Payments. From 2000 to 2015, Colm led Realex Payments to be one of Europe’s largest online payment gateways, processing in excess of €28B euro per annum in online payments for over 12,500 retailers, including some of the world’s leading brands.


Colm was appointed to the UK Finance Payments, Products & Services Board in July 2018, where he represents the interest of non-bank financial institutions and acts as Chair of the fintech community group.

He has received many awards and held several industry leadership positions, including chairman of the Irish Internet Association, founder of Payments Ireland and co-founder & chairman of the Fintech and Payments Association of Ireland. Colm is an adjunct professor for University College Cork and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Innovation Academy in University College Dublin.


More speakers to be announced.