Once again DCU Ryan Academy’s, Propeller Venture Accelerator, ranked 7th in Europe, is off to a flying start. Over 140 companies applied from around the world, An amazing 47% of them are internationally based including 8 from India and 3 from New York, other countries include Togo (which is always interesting), Nigeria, Israel, New Zealand and Malta but to name a few. The map below gives a good illustration.
So far we held over 115 meetings including a lot of Skype calls around the world. Discussing items such as their business model, pricing structure, team development, lowest hanging fruit and gaining traction with the market.
One of the goals I wanted to achieve this year was to help the general start-up eco system. While space is limited on the accelerator, the decision was taken to invite the mentors to get involved in two ways;
- By reviewing the applications and completing feedback forms.
- Providing feedback during the company presentations.
We had an amazing number of mentors volunteer to help and I would like to thank them for their time in doing so. This feedback will be given to the companies in the New Year.
Presently Propeller has been nominated for a Europa award. Over €3.2 million euro has been raised by the 12 Propeller companies. In addition, during Christmas week alone, over €1 million ($1.32 Million USD) has been secured in funding, a sign of the momentum Propeller is gathering!
Niamh Phelan, CEO, Death Buy Fashion talks about being in the Propeller Venture Accelerator.
Due to a surge of interest from our recent trip to the Dublin Web Summit, we have extend the application process until the Friday, 2nd November.
We would like to take this time to thank the RDS and those who organised the Dublin Web Summit, it was a great couple of days!
Does your start up idea have legs?
Pitching / Presentation of new business ideas
19th October 2012, 10 – 1pm
DCU Ryan Academy, Citywest Business Campus, Dublin 24
Do you have an idea for a new business and wonder if it will take off? Are you already in business and would you like to get some feedback on your presentation skills? This is your chance to pitch to a panel of Industry
Experts. The panel will evaluate your idea, give constructive advice and answer any questions you have. This is an opportunity for you to see if your start up idea has legs and get constructive advice on how to move your business forward. Applicants will have to fill out an application form in advance to book a pitching slot. Note that this event will take place in the DCU Ryan Academy, Citywest Business Campus, Dublin 24. This event is sponsored by Invent DCU and the DCU Ryan Academy.
Click HERE for an application form
Irish digital media firm and also an Alumni DCU Ryan Academy Propeller Venture Accelerator company, Fantom, has fired a salvo into the US Presidential Campaign with the launch of a new facebook app that pits Barack Obama against Mitt Romney in the form of digital sticker-books. Supporters and political junkies can collect and trade stickers of the candidates, the campaign trail, campaign staff, and policies in the new facebook app. An infograph (http://election.fantom.tv), charts the popularity of each candidate, tracking the number of books collected and completed and the number of successful trades made by each side.
Can a stickerbook predict the result of the election? “Paul the Octopus did a good job with World Cup results,” claims Fantom CEO Paul Healy, “and this is even more scientific.”
The Fantom swingometer may be just for fun but the serious message behind the digital sticker books is youth engagement in politics. Politicians struggle to engage with young people. Healy intends the Fantom facebook game to engage younger Americans in the candidates’ issues and policies, in a fun way. “That’s not to discount the fact that we are looking forward to the competitive nature of the Obama and Romney Fantom users!’ The real US election takes place on November 6th, but Fantom users can cast their vote by playing at http://election.fantom.tv.
John Joyce, CEO, Seoige Technology talks about Propeller Venture Accelerator and his experience.
Brendan Casey, CEO of swiftQueue talks about his experience while on this years Propeller Venture Accelerator