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Propeller 3.0 Huge International Interest

December 29, 2012 2 comments

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By Terence Bowden

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.

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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;

  1. By reviewing the applications and completing feedback forms.
  2. 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!

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Death Buy Fashion Testimonial

October 19, 2012 Leave a comment

Niamh Phelan, CEO, Death Buy Fashion talks about being in the Propeller Venture Accelerator.

Propeller application process extended until November 2nd.

October 19, 2012 2 comments

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!

Fantom launch new Facebook app

September 28, 2012 Leave a comment

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.

Seoige Technology, Propeller Venture Accelerator

September 27, 2012 Leave a comment

John Joyce, CEO, Seoige Technology talks about Propeller Venture Accelerator and his experience.

swiftQueue

September 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Brendan Casey, CEO of swiftQueue talks about his experience while on this years Propeller Venture Accelerator

Paul Healy, CEO of Fantom talks about his experience while on the Propeller Venture Accelerator

September 19, 2012 Leave a comment