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Paddy Cosgrave: More than 50,000 to attend global Web Summit events this year

Published 01/08/2015 | 13:57

Web Summit Co Founder Paddy Cosgrave during the Web Summit at the RDS, Dublin last year. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Web Summit Co Founder Paddy Cosgrave during the Web Summit at the RDS, Dublin last year. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

The co-founder of the Web Summit says that the number of people expected to attend its global events this year is set to exceed 50,000.

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Paddy Cosgrave, who saw the company's recent Hong Kong 'Rise' conference attract 5,000 delegates, also said that the company has planned new conferences for India and New Orleans next year. Over 20,000 people are expected to attend this year's Web Summit event in Dublin.

"Rise has broken all attendance records for a first-time event for us," said Mr Cosgrave.

“Next year we will have 'Collision' in New Orleans, 'Surge' in India and 'Rise' again in Hong Kong. We are growing."

The two-day Rise event attracted 500 startups, 140 speakers, investors and media from 72 countries, he said.

Irish startups attending included Player.me, Cesanta and Xpresso.

John Collison, the Limerick-born co-founder of $5bn payments firm Stripe, spoke at the event alongside Liam Casey, founder of Cork-based smart manufacturing company PCH.

The event was preceded by Converge, Paddy Cosgrave’s invite-only f.ounders-style event which was co-hosted with Gerry Baker, editor-in-chief of the Wall Street Journal.

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