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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!

Death Buy Fashion Testimonial

October 19, 2012 Leave a comment

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

Does Your Start Up Idea Have Legs?

October 3, 2012 Leave a comment

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

MSc in Management (Innovation in Social Enterprise) – One week left to apply!

August 24, 2012 Leave a comment

One week left to apply!

Reminder that applications for the MSc in Management (Innovation in Social Enterprise) will close one week from today on Friday the 31st of August at 12 noon.

If you would still like to apply please do so before the above date at the following link: http://bit.ly/mentertiontachnua


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The MSc in Management (Innovation in Social Enterprise), awarded by Dublin City University, is designed to develop professional skills in innovation in the area of social enterprise through part time study and blended learning techniques. The blend of skills developed in the programme will ensure graduates are ready to work in the social enterprise sector having gained the knowledge and skills to develop and implement best practice and sustainable enterprise strategies.

The programme will be of particular relevance to those working in or aspiring to be leaders in social enterprise. Whether you work in an existing social enterprise, a start up or an organisation interested in integrating social enterprise into your services, the programme will enable you to develop and implement best practice and sustainable social enterprise strategies into your organisation.

This programme has been developed as part of the Menter Iontach Nua ‘Innovation and Creativity in Social Enterprise’ Initiative. As Menter Iontach Nua is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Ireland Wales Programme (INTERREG4A) the pilot intake for the MSc will be offered free of charge to eligible participants.

Apply NOW FREE MSc in Management (Innovation in Social Enterprise)

August 20, 2012 Leave a comment

The MSc in Management (Innovation in Social Enterprise), awarded by Dublin City University, is designed to develop professional skills in innovation in the area of social enterprise through part time study and blended learning techniques. The blend of skills developed in the programme will ensure graduates are ready to work in the social enterprise sector having gained the knowledge and skills to develop and implement best practice and sustainable enterprise strategies.

The programme will be of particular relevance to those working in or aspiring to be leaders in social enterprise. Whether you work in an existing social enterprise, a start up or an organisation interested in integrating social enterprise into your services, the programme will enable you to develop and implement best practice and sustainable social enterprise strategies into your organisation.

This programme has been developed as part of the Menter Iontach Nua ‘Innovation and Creativity in Social Enterprise’ Initiative. As Menter Iontach Nua is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Ireland Wales Programme (INTERREG4A) the pilot intake for the MSc will be offered free of charge to eligible participants.

Closing date for applications is Friday 31st August.

Programme Overview Available HERE

To Apply please click HERE

DCU Ryan Academy to exhibit at the HEA Springboard Roadshow 2012 August 14th

August 9, 2012 Leave a comment

The DCU Ryan Academy is pleased to announce that the Academy’s Business Innovation Programme Team will be attending the HEA Springboard Roadshow 2012.

The Roadshow will take place in the Convention Centre, Dublin in Spencer Dock from 10am to 6pm on Tuesday August 14th. The event is FREE to the public and all Springboard Programmes are FREE to eligible participants.

The Business Innovation Programme Team will be available all day with information on all of the Academy’s Springboard programmes and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Also on hand will be a select group of Business Innovation Programme graduates who will be able to share their experiences of the programme and how it has benefitted them.

If you are considering applying for any of the Academy’s Programme’s this is an opportunity that you can’t afford to miss!

Second DCU Ryan Academy Springboard Info Session 8th August

August 3, 2012 Leave a comment

DCU Ryan Academy will be hosting our second free information session about our 2012/13 Springboard Programmes on the 8th August from 10am to 12:30pm at the Ryan Academy in Citywest.

Our first information session was held on the 20th July and included information about the Business Innovation Programme (Level 8 Certificate in Innovation from DCU) and the Higher Diploma in Sales Coaching (Level 8 on NFQ (ICPM & Ofqual)). These programmes are free for eligible participants and are fully funded under the HEA Springboard Initiative.

Come along on Wednesday and meet the teams, learn about the Programmes and hear directly from recent Graduates on their experiences and outcomes. Refreshments will be provided.

This information session are free but registration is essential. For more information and to register please CLICK HERE.