Posts Tagged ‘entrepreneur’

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

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 (, 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

Seoige Technology, Propeller Venture Accelerator

September 27, 2012 Leave a comment

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

Ryan Academy launches third phase of Propeller Venture Accelerator

September 4, 2012 Leave a comment

 Ryan Academy launches third phase of Propeller Venture Accelerator


  • €30,000 Euro investment (approx $37,000 USD)
  • Investor Day (previously investors came from Ireland, England, Italy & the USA)
  • Free Office Space (3 months during & 1 month after)
  • Mentorship (over 80 mentors that can guide, advice and open doors)
  • Introductions to potential clients, partners and investors
  • In total a deal worth €45,000 Euro (approx $55,500 USD) investment & services


  • 7.5% equity stake, valuing your company at €600,000 Euro ($740,000 USD)


DCU’s Ryan Academy is launching the third phase of its Propeller Venture Accelerator programme for early-stage technology start-ups on Monday 3rd September 2012.  This three-month, award-winning accelerator offers a total package of €45 000 to entrepreneurs with winning ideas:  €30 000 investment, office space, over 80 mentors (technical, specialists and serial entrepreneurs) and a Demo Day pitching session with investors and business angels.

Propeller, voted 7th Best Accelerator in Europe in a study commissioned by the Kauffman Fellows Programme, has adopted and adapted the successful Techstars model for the European market.  It aims to accelerate early-stage technology start-ups with a special focus on software, Web 2.0, informatics, clean-tech and applications.  To date, companies emerging from the Propeller programme now employ 49 personnel and have raised over €1.75 million in investment, with many company-investor discussions still ongoing.

Terence Bowden, Ryan Academy Venture Manager said, “Propeller has a proven track record in helping technology start-ups accelerate to the next phase of their evolution.  We offer to our successful participants a comprehensive package of practical and financial supports and, through our extensive network of contacts in business and enterprise, access to a full suite of mentoring programmes and to further investment possibilities through our Demo Day at the end of the programme.”

Propeller Participant Testimonials

“Winning a place on the inaugural Propeller Venture Accelerator was like being plucked off the bus and placed on the bullet train for our business. We were given access to the most senior Irish business talent and an inside track to the Irish and international investment community”.

Paul Healy, CEO Fantom (online gaming company) and Serial Entrepreneur

“I found the network incredible. The amount of advisors and more importantly investors that I was introduced to was amazing.”John Joyce, CEO & Founder, Seoige Technology (developer of

“The Propeller Venture Accelerator has been a great experience, one that has truly accelerated our company by at least 2 years, if not more, in only 3 months. With easy access to a number of experienced mentors we were able to achieve results so much faster.”Tom  Byrne, CEO & Founder, HealthComms (homecare technology solutions)

The closing date for applications is 22nd October 2012 but applicants are encouraged to apply early and to engage with the Academy. The accelerator starts with the companies moving to Citywest on the 21st January 2013.

For more information please visit

Why Ireland for Entrepreneurs and Start-ups?

August 16, 2012 2 comments

Ireland has a healthy Angel and VC network with over €250 (330 USD) million available in seed funds through organisations such as HBAN and also a healthy VC community such as ACT Venture Capital, Bloom Equity, Kernel Capital, Enterprise Equity but to mention a few.

The government is very much helping start-ups through one of its agencies Enterprise Ireland (EI) with seed funding where they will co-invest with V.C.’s and Angels in Startups. Not bad considering the population of Ireland is only 4.5 million!  Ireland is also one of the best locations in Europe for R&D through tax incentives, grant aid and a corporate tax of only 12.5%

In a report prepared for the Commission’s Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs for Europe, it found that Ireland was the top European country which recruiters found were producing the “most Employable” graduates.  The government also wants to double the amount of college graduates in Software, proving Ireland is long term when it comes to R & D software.

With headquarters for some of the internet, software and hardware giants having their European head quarters based in Ireland such as PayPal, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Intel, LinkedIn and Dell, Ireland has a great technical, knowledge based community and willing to help start-ups.  This is great if you are planning to use the platforms for your products/services.  No wonder Ireland is one of the largest producers of software in the world.

3 of Europe’s top 8 Accelerators are based in Ireland of which one is the Propeller Venture AcceleratorDogPatchLabs has also set up is first non-US Location, setting up its European lab in Dublin.

As a location Dublin is one of the most cosmopolitan and vibrant cities in the world.  Within 2 hours you can fly to anywhere in Europe and yet we are the closest European country to the U.S.

By Terence Bowden