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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

Propeller Venture Accelerator, Application process opens 3rd September

August 21, 2012 Leave a comment

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Once again the application process will open for Propeller Venture Accelerator which is Europe’s 7th Best Accelerator. The date will be the 3rd September.  So what is the deal;

YOU GET

  • €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

WE GET

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

“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

“A good Accelerator propels a company to a different place. Sound business advice, alternative perspectives and the very welcome injection of cash allows the founders the space to imagine what their business could be, rather than how do they keep their idea alive until tomorrow.

Propeller did this for us. You go into the process focused on the money, too many dark days staring at unpaid bills makes you hungry, but the nurturing takes the lean look off you! An external eye on your product and your business plan gives a much needed reality check; a network of business contacts who are committed to help gives you a real trading start; and practical things like office space, professional advice and the insight of other founders like you help you believe you can make it. And that belief is the difference between success and failure. I would undoubtedly commend an accelerator program to any start-up business and Propeller is one of the best”.

Paul Healy, CEO & Founder, Fantom & Serial Entrepreneur

For more information visit our website http://ryanacademy.ie/propeller-venture-accelerator

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.

DCU Ryan Academy Springboard Programmes – Information Sessions – 20th July & 8th August

DCU Ryan Academy will be hosting two free information sessions about our 2012/13 Springboard Programmes on 20th July and 8th August from 10am to 12:30pm at the Ryan Academy in Citywest.

There will be information available on the day 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 and meet the teams, learn about the Programmes and hear directly from recent Graduates on their experiences and outcomes. Refreshments will be provided.

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

Menter Iontach Nua to Showcase at the Irish Charities Expo

April 30, 2012 1 comment

New social enterprise programme, Menter Iontach Nua is to present upcoming opportunities for the social sector at the first Irish Charities Expo, in the RDS Dublin on May 2nd.

The new initiative is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Programme and has been developed by four Irish and Welsh organisations. Two prominent Universities, DCU Ryan Academy and Bangor University have combined their academic expertise with two Irish and Welsh business and community organisations, NorDubCo and Business in the Community Wales to develop the programme.

The programme is designed to meet the needs of social enterprises for training, mentoring and networking support in Ireland and Wales.  The programme is part-time and will include an MSc in Social Enterprise Management.

The participants will be leaders of social enterprise, social enterprise managers and employees, corporates with CSR programmes and others with an interest in the social sector.

For further information on Menter Iontach Nua – contact the DCU Ryan Academy