Posts Tagged ‘Ryan Academy’

Seoige Technology, Propeller Venture Accelerator

September 27, 2012 Leave a comment

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


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

September 19, 2012 Leave a comment

Propeller Venture Accelerator, Application process opens 3rd September

August 21, 2012 Leave a comment


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;


  • €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)

“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

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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

Business Innovation Programme student Tina Reid wins Mason Hayes and Curran 2012 Green Business Plan Competition

April 25, 2012 Leave a comment



The winner of the Mason Hayes & Curran 2012 Green Business Plan Competition has been announced at Dublin City University.  Tina Reid, founder of Reid Recycling (trading as ORGAANEQ), has developed a waste management service for the Irish equine industry, which will include collection and recycling of used bedding from stable yards.  The start-up will benefit from an award of €2 000 from leading law firm, Mason Hayes & Curran to assist on the next stage of its business development.

Tina’s business plan has been developed through her participation in the DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship Business Innovation Programme which enables unemployed graduates or professionals to create or secure employment in roles where they can encourage or implement innovative change.  Tina said, ‘I was so thrilled to have had the opportunity to present, let alone win…. and to have such positive feedback about the idea. Winning was an unexpected surprise. The past year has been spent on the Business Innovation Programme at the DCU Ryan Academy with a view to getting this business from idea stage through feasibility towards business plan and launch.  Winning will aid me in taking my first steps onto the ladder to success.’

The Mason Hayes & Curran Green Business Plan competition provides a platform for enterprising students at Dublin City University to pitch their innovative, start-up business ideas to business and investment professionals.  Business plans shortlisted for the final pitching session were required to demonstrate an environmentally friendly or sustainable dimension.  Wendy Hederman, partner in Mason Hayes & Curran’s Commercial Department said, ‘This innovative programme is a hallmark of DCU’s innovative and enterprising ethos, bridging the gap between academia and enterprise.  It enables students to find a pathway to creating a viable, sustainable business.’

Professor Brian MacCraith, President of DCU said, ‘DCU strives to create an entrepreneurial, innovative environment which empowers students in shaping their own future and transforming their lives.  I warmly congratulate Tina on her achievement today and wish her every success with the commercialisation of her business plan.’

Propeller Demo Day approaches

April 23, 2012 2 comments

Days left until our company founders  pitch to an expected audience of over 100 including investors from Ireland and Europe, the tension is rising, the heat is on, and the coffee machine is working overtime here at the Ryan Academy.

On Friday the 27th of April Demo Day will arrive, the 6 chosen companies Pickturk, Seoige Technologies, Zeto Technology Solutions (previously Slattery Validation Systems), Death Buy Fashion (previously StyleCloud), SwiftQueue and VideoElephant have been through 3 months of acceleration thanks to over 65 mentors, workshops and €30,000 cash investment. In total, a deal worth €45,000 per company.

The companies have been through several workshops including Team Development with Liz Leavy, Search Engine Optimisation with Theo Lynn, Law with Peppe Santoro, Finance with Drew O’Sullivan and International Sales with Bernie Cullinan to mention but a few, a thank you to all the mentors who gave these workshops for free.

One of the most powerful tools the mentors have is there network which they have introduced the companies too; opening doors and introducing them to the right connections helping the founders grow their companies.

“I have been astonished with how quickly I have been able to meet key people that I needed to meet; the willingness of the mentors to open their network and to introduce to me to their close contacts is amazing. John Joyce, CEO, Seoige Technology.

Already from last year’s companies a total of over $1.73 million in investment has been raised and 28 jobs have been created, this is still growing, a truly great accomplishment.

And lastly a special thank you to our Demo Day sponsor Grant Thornton.

Terence Bowden

Propeller 2.0 ready for takeoff as second year of DCU Ryan Academy’s accelerator startups selected

December 16, 2011 Leave a comment

The DCU Ryan Academy has today announced the 6 companies that have been selected for Propeller 2.0 three month accelerator programme for technology startups.

The Propeller Venture Accelerator Programme, which has been ranked 7th best in Europe in an independent study of accelerator programmes commissioned by the Kauffman Fellows Program, provides each of the chosen companies with a €30,000 seed investment, tailored and targeted mentoring and training, as well as three months incubation with free space and services, in total a package worth €45,000.

The programme was vastly oversubscribed, with a total of 137 applications submitted to the programme from over 20 countries including Ireland, Germany, Finland, USA, Australia, Iran, India, Israel, South Africa, Brazil, Rwanda and China.

The 6 companies selected for Propeller 2.0 are; Slattery Validation Systems, Picturk, Seoige Technology, StyleCloud, SwiftQueue and VideoElephant. All are technology startups, with innovative ideas ranging from increasing energy efficiency in commercial refrigeration systems to enhancing distribution and sales channels for online video content producers.

The chosen companies will enter the Propeller Venture Accelerator offices in January 2012, and will be met by over 60 mentors whose invaluable experience will be used to advise and lead these companies on a path of success.

Terence Bowden, Venture Manager of the Programme said, “We are delighted with the huge level of interest shown in the Propeller Venture Accelerator programme from Ireland and all over the world because it highlights just how much this programme has to offer start-up companies and it’s a clear sign of the appetite for entrepreneurism and innovation in Ireland and abroad.

The standard of companies applying has been extremely high and we are confident that they have the good ideas and the good people needed to make their business a success.”

Speaking about being offered a place John Joyce, CEO, Seoige Technology “We are delighted to be selected for the DCU Ryan Academy Propeller Venture Accelerator.  One of the main attractions for us is the calibre of the business mentors/partners that are part of the program.

We feel that these people will bring a huge amount to our business and will be key in helping us to make our ideas a reality.”

The ethos of the DCU Ryan Academy is about putting us in front of the right people, whether venture capitalists or angel investors, who will help us in ways that would never have been possible if we were out on our own.”

The first year of the programme, which finished in April 2011, brought huge success for the six companies that took part. Operating in technology areas ranging from mobile applications to clean tech, online gaming, health informatics and internet applications, the startups are now in the process of closing seed funding deals totalling over €1 million. The companies, who each employed two people when starting the programme, have now created an additional 18 jobs since finishing the programme.