An intensive 4-week mentoring programme, as part of University College Dublin’s (UCD) 2019 Start-Up Stars Programme, kicked-off today at NovaUCD with seven (7) early-stage ventures and a total of 18 team members.
The entrepreneurship programme, now in its 5th year, has been developed by NovaUCD, the UCD Innovation Academy and UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, as a framework to support UCD undergraduate and postgraduate students who want to work together to develop and grow start-up companies.
The mentoring programme will consist of a series of structured workshops, taught content from industry experts, interactive workshops as well as regular pitching sessions. In addition there will be opportunities for the teams to network with the NovaUCD community of entrepreneurs. Each team will also be given a cash stipend and office space at NovaUCD during this phase of the programme.
The 2019 UCD Start-Up Stars Programme began earlier this year with cross-disciplinary workshops and course modules delivered at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and the UCD Innovation Academy. During this period students from across the University explored and evaluated a variety of real-world problems before forming teams to develop start-up solutions to address the identified problems.
Eleven teams initially pitched their start-up ideas to a panel of judges who selected the early-stage ventures who are now taking part in the mentoring programme.
At the final workshop, to be held in mid-June, each venture will present to a final judging panel. Based on evaluation of the presentations and submitted business plans one overall winning team will be awarded a €3,000 prize to help them on their start-up journey.
The 7 new ventures taking part in the programme are;
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Speaking this week, Founding Director at UCD Innovation Academy, Professor Suzi Jarvis said, "Programmes such as UCD Start-up Stars are key to giving UCD students an opportunity to apply what they have learned at UCD in a meaningful way. Irrespective of the success or otherwise of the start-ups taking part on the programme, what is of most value is that the students are nurturing an entrepreneurial mindset that will serve them well in their future careers no matter path they follow."