ALPHA Innovations' inaugural live audience startup pitch event, Disrupt by the Sea 2023 will take place on Friday 15 September, in their pavilion venue on Donegal’s Atlantic shores.

6 carefully selected startups will have just 7 minutes to pitch to a panel of US CEOs that have invested and built billion-dollar enterprises. Startups will receive advice on their roadmap, tough love and insights on gaining market entry to the USA. An overall winner will be crowned on the day the first ‘Top Disruptor by the Sea 2023’, while the live audience will choose their winner on the day too.

The winning startup will also win the use of meeting space on the East Coast via ALPHA Innovation’s US partners to accelerate their journey into the US market.

The event will feature a fireside chat with locally based scale-ups and multi-national corporations that are part of Donegal’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Disrupt by the Sea 2023 is the launch of an annual event that will showcase Donegal as an entrepreneurship and innovation hotbed.

Think you have what it takes to pitch?
ALPHA Innovation is on the hunt for 6 determined and globally ambitious co-founders, from any sector, who are:

  • Ready to launch into the US market
  • From ambitious scale-ups, with links to Wild Atlantic Way a bonus
  • With a scalable business model capable of successfully competing internationally
  • Differentiated and innovative product or service
  • Technology Readiness Level 6 or beyond
  • Pre-seed or seed stage but have not yet received HPSU match funding

If you fit these characteristics, apply here below.

ALPHA is also looking forward to welcoming a diverse audience and mix of individuals from all walks of life, who will celebrate and cheer on our brave founders and take to the stage. 

Disrupt by the Sea is a unique opportunity to join the wider ALPHA Innovation community in a friendly festival-style setting on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Come along if you:

  • Want a sneak peek into innovations that are set to take on the world 
  • Secretly harbour thoughts of launching a scalable business in future
  • Are already part of an early-stage startup
  • Have knowledge, insights, skills or expertise that might be valuable to someone in the room
  • Want to play a part in growing the ecosystem
The Eventbrite link to purchase tickets will be available soon.

Stay tuned across ALPHA Innovation' socials, event venue and panel of judges will be announced soon!


Would you like to know more?

Contact: Maixa Zabaleta

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