Saturday 21 April 2018

Graduate to attract 3,000 jobseekers with tech start-up event

Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

A 24-YEAR old graduate looks set to attract 3,000 people to Dublin's largest tech start-up jobs event.

With demand for skilled workers in tech companies reaching fever pitch, Vincent Lyons has put together a tech start-up jobs event, DubStarts, which matches start-ups and tech workers.

Trinity College graduate Mr Lyons said that the conference, in its second year, emerged when a fellow graduates of Lyons started to struggle when searching for well-paid jobs.

"It's purely to solve a problem I've been seeing," he said.

"A whole bunch of my friends have been graduating with great educations and expecting to walk into jobs with big consultancies. But often the jobs aren't there. Meanwhile, I was seeing tech start-ups growing from two to 10 people in a very short period of time. A lot of my friends just didn't know about these opportunities."

Tech start-ups are struggling to land good staff in technical and non-technical positions, said Mr Lyons. One reason for this is the increase in US tech multinational firms locating in Dublin. With higher salaries, working benefits and perks, this has put severe strain on the supply of skilled workers for smaller tech start-ups.

However, Mr Lyons said that at least 150 graduates have landed jobs with Irish tech start-ups through last year's Dubstarts event, which attracted 1,500 people.

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"We have been able to track around 150 people who have gotten jobs after last year's event," he said. "But that's a conservative estimate."

Mr Lyons, who has also started a Dublin-based software company called Fullstack, said that the start-up event has started to attract commercial interest, with Bank Of Ireland and Brightwater now involved.

He said that the event will take place on October 29 in Dublin's Cafe En Seine.

Irish Independent

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