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StartAbility - Entrepreneurship for People with Disabilities

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Zendesk EMEA HQ

55 Charlemont Place

D02 F985 Dublin

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StartAbility is an event for people with disabilities who are interested in entrepreneurship. It is organised by waytoB, Rehab Group and L'Arche, as part of Startup Week Dublin.

The employment rate for persons with a disability in Ireland is only 30.2%. Entrepreneurship was identified by the National Disability Authority as a key approach to address this imbalance. StartAbility aims to inform, support and inspire people with disabilities who want to start their own business, by showcasing success stories and having an informative panel about the first steps to become an entrepreneur.


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6:00 - 6:30 Registration & Networking
6:30 - 6:35 Opening
6:35 - 6:50 Ailbhe Keane & Izzy Keane, co-founders of Izzy Wheels
6:50 - 7:05 Adam Harris, founder and CEO of AsIAm
7:05 - 7:20 Fireside chat with speakers
7:20 - 8:00 Panel discussion with Gerry Ellis, Niamh Malone, Fionn Angus and Matt McCann.
8:00 - 8:30 Networking


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Ailbhe Keane & Izzy Keane (@izzy_wheels)

Izzy Wheels are a brand of stylish wheel covers for wheelchairs created by Irish sisters Ailbhe and Izzy Keane. Their mission statement is 'If you can't stand up, stand out!'. It all began as a final year art college project for Ailbhe in 2016 and has since exploded into a global brand. They have collaborated with 50 world famous artists and fashion designers for their wheel cover collections. They have been top story in some of the worlds top publications including Vogue, Teen Vogue, Elle, TechCrunch, Business Insider, The Late Late Show and BBC Amazing Humans. Following viral online success online and 10 national awards Izzy Wheels are now selling in 35 countries. Both founders were both named on this years prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30.

Adam Harris (@AdamPHarris)

Adam is the founder and CEO of AsIAm, having set up the organisation based on his own experiences growing up as a young autistic person in Ireland. Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome from an early age, the condition was far less understood or even known as it is today. Frustrated at the lack of any real understanding of autism and the many examples of social exclusion which the community are subjected to, he was inspired to establish AsIAm – with the aim of giving autistic people a voice and starting a national conversation. Over the past five years, he has played an incredibly important role in building a more autism-aware and understanding Ireland.

Gerry Ellis (@gellisie)

Gerry is blind and is an accessibility and usability consultant under the name Feel The BenefIT. He has worked for over 35 years as a Software Engineer and Mainframe Technical Specialist at Bank of Ireland and is a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society. Gerry holds a BA Degree in Economics from University College Dublin and a distinction in a Diploma on Management in the Voluntary Sector from NCIR (now the National College of Ireland). He is a former Chairperson of the Irish Council of People with Disabilities, which was the largest organisation in Ireland representing persons with disabilities, their families and organisations of persons with disabilities. He was a founder member and first Chairperson of the Visually Impaired Computer Society (VICS) and a founder member of the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability (AHEAD). Gerry spoke at the 2018 Inspirefest conference about using technology to develop a more inclusive world.

Niamh Malone (@BraineyApp)

Niamh used to work as a clinical nurse specialist in stroke rehabilitation and had a life threatening rare type of stroke called a sub arachnoid hemorrhage, which changed her life instantly. She now lives with ongoing cognitive impairments and chronic fatigue. Based on her own personal experiences, Niamh created Fatigue Friend, which prevents full blown episodes of chronic fatigue through a series of alerts based on recognising the early warning stages of fatigue onset. Niamh has won the Dublin Tech Summit 100 Start-up Companies competition, and has won the pitch competition at Patient Panellist Sunday Business Post Healthcare Summit 2017. When she's not working on the Brainey App, she can be found lecturing at a university or conference or recording a podcast.

Fionn Crombie Angus (@fionnathan)

Fionn is the co-founder and CEO of the social enterprise Fionnathan Productions. Fionn, who has Down Syndrome, always had a passion for filming, music, nature and a love for life. Fionnathan is a collaboration between Fionn and his father, Jonathan Angus. It aims to change the world, to trouble your understanding of ability, to reveal superstars in our midst, and to prove that, in fact, we are the people we've been waiting for. Through music, live presentations, videos, and visual arts, they seek to collaborate with diverse people who are passionate about what they do. Fionn and Jonathan’s idea sparked national interest and they were featured on The Saturday Night Show with Brendan O’Connor and were invited to appear on The Late Late Show.

Matt McCann (@Access_Earth)

Matt McCann is the CEO and founder of Access Earth – the world’s first business and travel review site for those living with disabilities. Matt has Cerebral Palsy and has struggled with accessibility challenges his entire life but it wasn’t until 2012, when as a college student he booked a room at a hotel in London that marketed themselves as accessible only to discover upon arrival that it was not. Since then, Matt has made it his mission to minimise the risk of anyone having to go through such an ordeal. He used his Masters in Software Engineering to create a platform that people could use to easily access accessibility information and upload their own feedback on places they had visited. He has dedicated the last 4 years to building Access Earth and it has since placed in the 2014 Microsoft Imagine Cup and the 2015 Enactus World Cup.


Please note: the venue is fully accessible for wheelchairs. Pizza and drinks will be provided (vegetarian options available).

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