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Sandbox Launches Dublin Hub

Posted April 19th, 2012

Sandbox, the foremost global community of young innovators under the age of 30, is starting its first Irish hub today, April 19. The Taoiseach launched the hub at 10am this morning at Government Buildings. Eoghan Murphy TD, local Sandbox advisor and John Egan Dublin Sandbox ambassador were also in attendance.

With over 650 members in its global network, the main aim of the organisation is to identify exceptional people worldwide who have already made an impact in business at a very young age. The Sandbox community then helps these individuals to develop their skills further by introducing them to like-minded peers from around the world, providing access to senior leaders and identifying opportunities to help them reach their full potential.

Speaking before the launch, Eoghan Murphy Fine Gael TD for Dublin South East and local Sandbox advisor said “We’re a young country and it’s an exciting time for young people who are taking the initiative and launching their own ideas and enterprises. There is huge potential here. Sandbox launching a hub in Dublin is recognition of that – and it’s a testament to John Egan and everyone else involved for bringing them here.  The Taoiseach wants Ireland to be the best small country in the world in which to do business and Sandbox is a part of that vision.”

“Sandboxers are already successful in their respective fields,” explained John Egan, founder of Archipelago and Sandbox’s Dublin Ambassador. “We help them to develop their projects and skills, and increase their reach globally. We do this by offering Sandboxers connections, tools, support and inspiration.”

“Through our Archie Talks series, we know already that there are a lot of amazing young Irish entrepreneurs doing exceptional things,” Egan continued. “For Sandbox to decide to choose Dublin as their next international hub is a great credit to the work of Ireland’s young business community and a vindication of sorts of the work that they are doing, despite being faced with difficult obstacles every step of the way. When Sandbox launches in Dublin on April 19, one of our first missions will be to help remove some of the obstacles that we face at home by introducing the best and brightest Irish entrepreneurs to some of their peers in other countries around the world.”

Notes to the Editor:

Founded in Zurich, Switzerland in May 2009, Sandbox was established to give young achievers the throughout the world an ecosystem that helps accelerate them to a point where they can make a real difference in their home country and on a global level before they reach the age of 30.

Some of the world’s most prominent young entrepreneurs will travel to Ireland for the launch of the Dublin hub, among them will be members of the World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders and speakers from the internationally-renowned TED Talks series.

Attendees of the launch of Sandbox’s Dublin Hub are:
Jan Sremek (Czech Republic) – Founder, Erudify, EX Goldman Sachs
Keyun Ruan (China) – PHD and Founder, Xensix, Global Leader Cloud Forensics
Rahaf Harfoush (Canada) – Author, Strategist, Speaker and Founder of Red Thread,  http://www.rahafharfoush.com/
Nico Luchsinger (Switzerland) – CEO, Sandbox
Dave Langer & Andy Young (UK) – Co-Founders, Groupspaces http://groupspaces.com/c/welcome
Christian Reber (Germany) Founder – WunderKinder6 http://www.6wunderkinder.com/
Hans Rattauf (Germany) – Co-Founder, Palomar 5
Logan McClure (USA) – TED Fellows
Kasper Hulthin (Norway) – Founder, Podio https://podio.com/
Tia Kansara (UK) – Director, Kansara Hackney, Bartlett prize winner and Sandbox Global Ambassador
Patrick Liotard-Vogt (Switzerland) – Founder, A Small World http://www.asmallworld.net/
Dominik Grolimund (Austria) – Co-Founder and CEO, Waula http://www.wuala.com/
Isabel Pesce Mattos (Brazil) – Founder, Lemon http://lemon.com/
Tomas Laboutka (Czech) – Founder, FLV Ventures
Mariano Kostelec (Portugal) – Founder uniplaces.com http://www.uniplaces.com/
Will McQuillan (UK) – Founder, Osmoda
Kane Sarahan (USA) – Founder, Entsitute http://www.enstituteu.com/
Jonas Liepman (Germany) – Founder, Iversity http://www.iversity.org/
Maximillian vd Ahé (Germany) – Founder, BetaHaus
Max Mummer (USA) – Founder, Start-Up Genome https://www.startupcompass.co/
Bjorn Lasse (USA) – Founder, Blackbox
Alexandros Pagendos (USA) – Founder, The Glint
Otto Von Troshke (Switzerland) – Founder, SUSI partners http://www.susi-partners.ch/about
Teju Ravilochan (USA) – Founder, Unreasonable Institute http://unreasonableinstitute.org/