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Startup Digest – Dublin – Resources for the holidays



 Startup Digest – Dublin – Resources for the holidays
Startup Digest Dublin is a great resource for the Dublin startup ecosystem and this week they have shared useful links to resources for the holidays.
To signup to Startup Digest Dublin, click here:
Resources for the holidays –
Dublin Startup Digest – Weekly Newsletter – schedule of everything that’s happening in Dublin, opportunities coming up.
Techstars Communities – A snapshot of the startup ecosystem as captured by Techstars.
Dublin Globe – News website about startups and tech; started by the Dublin Startup Commissioner. Sign up to the weekly newsletter.
Tech Life Ireland – Website created by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland promoting Ireland as a place to work in tech. Handy platform to use when recruiting.
Fora – Website with topical news including about startups, business, tech. Sign up to the weekly newsletter.
TechIreland – Database of all the startups in Ireland, led by Niamh Bushnell former Startup Commissioner. Sign up to receive the weekly blog.
IrishTechCommunity Slack Channel – A group of friendly folks in the Irish Tech Community that hangout at Many channels devoted to multiple subjects, from design and development of tech, to conferences and diversity.
Frontline Ventures – Sign up for the quarterly newsletter here; and Check out all the resources in their library here – all worth a read.
Irish Tech Ecosystem Review 2016 – review of the Irish Tech Ecosystem in 2016. coworking review – List of coworking spaces in Ireland
Dublin Guide to hotdesking – Dublin Guide to hotdesking by Matt Cortland, previous Startup Digest Curator.
Cafe Guide – The Globe’s 11 Great Dublin Cafés (With Decent Wi-Fi) – published May 2015. Might need a new edition!
And a blast from the past, but well worth the watch – Paul Hayes Top 10 Guerilla Marketing on a ShoeString for Startups from Web Summit circa 2009. As commenter says “An Oldie, but a Goodie !”

Check out the calendar for the FULL LIST of events.

Start up Dublin Digest is curated by:
Liz McCarthy
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Stacey Connolly – Senior Account Executive @ Beachhut PR

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Migrants Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) article – the Sunday Times




An article by Sandra O’Connell was published recently in the Sunday Times around the topic of Migrant Entrepreneurship. The article mentions the link between Migrant Entrepreneurship and the DCU Ryan Academy who are running a programme at the beginning of next year centered around this topic.

If you would like to read the article, please Click Here (please note a subscription is needed)

Also, for more details on the Migrant Women’s Entrepreneurship programme run by the DCU Ryan Academy, please visit our site




Female High Fliers Featured on Today FM



Applications for 2018 are already open!

Dublin City University’s Female High Fliers accelerator is a prestigious 13-week programme supporting Ireland’s most promising female-led startups. The programme is run by the DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurs who are already taking applications for 2018. Programme Director and COO of the DCU Ryan Academy, Niamh Collins joined Conall in the studio to discuss the programme. She was also joined Ciara Garvin, Founder of Workjuggle and Graduate of the High Fliers.

The tailored course is supported by Enterprise Ireland and attracts on average 130 high caliber female entrepreneurs every year.

Female Entrepreneurs can register for the 2018 programme via the following link:

To Listen to Niamh’s interview on the Today FM’s Sunday Business Show: Click Here

High Fliers OPEN for Application


DCU calls on Ireland's most promising female entrepreneurs

Female High Fliers Accelerator 2018

Applications have opened for Dublin City University’s prestigious Female High Fliers accelerator. Run by the DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurs, the 13-week programme supports Ireland’s most promising female-led startups.

The tailored programme is supported by Enterprise Ireland and attracts on average 130 high calibre female entrepreneurs every year who are looking to develop leadership skills, fast track their business and ultimately achieve scale.

Successful Female High Flier graduates to date include: Ciara Garvin, founder, Work Juggle (2017); Pamela Newenham, co-founder, GirlCrew (2016); Mary O’Brien, co-founder, Video Doc (2016); and Ciara Donlon, founder and CEO, Theya Healthcare (2015).

This year, ten selected participants will gain access to a peer startup founder network and to the DCU Ryan Academy network of experienced entrepreneurs and investors. They will take part in weekly practical workshops delivered by a team that understands the particular needs and challenges facing their individual businesses. They will be challenged on their business plans and given an opportunity to pitch to potential investors with the aim of attracting potential funding, future customers and possible partnerships.

Encouraging female founders to get in touch, Niamh Collins, Programme Director & DCU Ryan Academy COO, said;

“Having designed  and delivered the programme for the past few years, we understand the specific challenges facing female-led startups in Ireland today and recognise the frequently under-supported opportunity they present. We have a proven track record in supporting these businesses achieve their objectives and deliver tangible results.

Furthermore, we have managed to create an alumni network so that each participant will have an opportunity to create powerful and long lasting relationships with like-minded people, with whom they can share valuable lessons along their start-up journey.”

The application process is open to female founders or co-founders of Irish innovative startups less than five years old. All companies must be female-led and participants will be selected based on their growth and export potential as well as the business idea and team strength.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 23rd January 2018. For further information visit

Future Leaders’ Hackathon 2018


American Chamber Future Leaders’

Hackathon 2018

in partnership with the DCU Ryan Academy

8 – 10 February 2018

Following the success of #WorldofTalent Future Leaders Hackathon 2017, the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland is delighted to announce its return, from 8 – 10 February 2018. The Hackathon will gather 80 – 100 future leaders from the member companies to form multi-disciplinary cross-sector teams to hack a solution to the #WorldofTalent Challenge: To create an innovation, service or product that facilitates Ireland to be the best place to live and work.

The DCU Ryan Academy for entrepreneurs will be hosting this Hackathon in partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland, the Hackathon provides a fantastic opportunity for nominated future leaders to hothouse their leadership skills – communications, marketing, team-building, negotiating, pitching, presenting, to name a few – to network in a fun, yet competitive, environment and to create innovative solutions.

The multi-disciplinary, cross sector Hackathon teams will be formed from our members, ensuring that all participants have an opportunity to maximise engagement with other companies. A great opportunity for your next generation leaders – no matter their skills background as a Hackathon needs all kinds of participants (it is not just for techies!) – to participate in a great personal and professional development opportunity.

The Challenge:

To Create an Innovation, Service or Product that facilitates Ireland to be the Best Place to Live and Work

When:            Thursday 8 February – kicking off at 6pm – Saturday 10 February 2018

Where:           DCU St Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

Who:               ‘Future Leaders’ – high potential individuals drawn from member companies of the American Chamber

How Many:     80 to 100 participants/75+ Companies

A range of skills backgrounds required including:  Communications, Marketing, Operations, Business Development, Engineering, Software/App/Web Developers, Talent/HR, Administration, Financial, and Legal.

*Please note that applications will only be accepted from members of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland.

Application deadline is 5pm on Friday 15 December 2017
Successful participants will be notified by Friday 12 January 2018.


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Building Better Futures: Migrant Women’s Entrepreneurship Training










‘Building Better Futures – Migrant Women’s Entrepreneurship’ is a training programme aimed at increasing migrant women’s entrepreneurial activity in Ireland. The course is being run by Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) with partners DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship and is free of charge for participants. The bespoke training programme delivered by DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurs will provide 25 migrant women with an overview of key aspects of being a successful entrepreneur in Ireland. The modules delivered will provide technical knowledge and expertise for participants to start and grow their own businesses. Students will be supported and mentored by leading industry and education experts.

Modules include:

  • Setting up a Business in Ireland
  • Customer Journey and Customer Discovery
  • Sales Strategy and Process
  • Branding and Digital Marketing
  • Financial Planning
  • Communicating your Business
  • Mentorship Support

Who is this for?

The training is for migrant women entrepreneurs who:

  • have previous business experience either in Ireland or in their country of origin
  • and/or have a great start-up idea and need support to make it happen
  • and/or have an early stage start-up and need support to upscale and expand their business

Places on the training are limited to 25. The course is open to migrant women in Ireland. Thosefrom outside the EU must hold a valid Stamp 4 or be naturalised Irish citizens.

Restrictions due to funder requirements: women on jobseeker’s allowance/benefit are not eligible to apply for the course. Other social welfare payment recipients are eligible.

Deadline for applications: November 30th 2017.

What are the costs?

This course is fully funded by the ESF Gender Equality Fund under its Women’s Entrepreneurship funding stream 2017-2020.

The course is FREE for participants.

Where is it on?

DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurs, 3013 Lake Drive, Citywest Business Campus, Dublin 24, Ireland.

When is it on?

The training will run over 9 days in late Spring/Summer 2018, taking place on Saturdays from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Exact dates and timetables will be confirmed at a later date.

How do I apply?

Complete the Building Better Futures application form and email it to by Thursday November 30th 2017.

Questions? Contact Project Coordinator Aoife Smith at 5242397 or Jane Xavier at

Ireland’s first legal blockchain hackathon takes place in Dublin



Matheson was delighted to host Ireland’s first ever legal hackathon over the weekend, in partnership with Deloitte, IBM with the hackathon event run by DCU Ryan Academy.

Participants gathered in Matheson HQ for the two day event focusing on blockchain and the new business opportunities that is brings.  The initiative is part of Matheson’s wider Smart programme, launched in 2016, which is focused on looking for innovative ideas to improve client service, efficiencies and collaboration incorporating the latest themes such as fintech, AI and blockchain.

Michael Jackson, Managing Partner at Matheson, said –

“We were delighted to host Ireland’s first ever legal hackathon, another piece in the innovation jigsaw here at Matheson – innovation is at the core of what we do and ensures we stay ahead of the curve.  We recognise the need to change and embrace new technologies in order to provide the best possible level of service to our clients.”

Blockchain technology facilitates transactions and stores information using a secure, distributed ledger system. Its most famous application, the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, allows users to send money directly to another user’s ‘wallet’ saving time and money. Blockchain has the potential to revolutionise every industry that transacts goods and services, including law.

Speaking after the event, Rebecca Ryan Matheson partner and leader of Smart, the firm’s innovation initiative said –

“Following two very busy but rewarding days of ideas building and innovative discussions, our participants are walking away with valuable insights into the world of blockchain and the opportunities it brings for both the financial services and legal services sectors.  Shaping the future of business and revolutionising the way we communicate, collaborate and create, blockchain is all about how we organise trust in our systems and in our society.”

At the hackathon, attendees pitched blockchain ideas for further development, including a distributed energy grid, a qualification registry, and a smart contract system for housing rental. Teams voted on the best ideas and spent the hackathon fleshing them out and working on their implementation.  Ideas were judged on their creativity, innovation and feasibility.

Speakers included Lory Kehoe, leader of Deloitte’s Europe EMEA blockchain lab who explained the workings of blockchain, its features and the advantages it offers over existing technologies and systems while David Fisher, founder and CEO of Integra Ledger, provided insights and gave participants a hands-on, live experience of a blockchain specifically developed for the event.  The schedule also included Niall Dennehy, COO and co-founder of Aid:Tech, who gave a demonstration of Aid:Tech’s blockchain, which was recently used to successfully deliver aid to Syrian refugees in a transparent, secure way.

Ireland’s first STEAM Hackathon explores intersection between arts and technology


Dublin City University students from diverse disciplines came together over the weekend for Ireland’s first ever STEAM hackathon, powered by Intel Ireland.

The 72-hour ideas marathon brought together student innovators, creatives, entrepreneurs and developers to build exciting new products using Intel technology. Putting the ‘A’ into STEM education, the students were challenged to explore their artistic and creative sides in combination with STEM skillsets and to discover how the arts can interact with technological creativity by blending music, visual arts and performance arts with enabling Intel technology.

The aim of this weekend was to expose students to the intersection between arts and technology to see what could be achieved when innovative ideas and critical thinking is applied in this space, while also inspiring students, expanding their skillset and helping them to grow their networks.

Overall winners, D’ART Space created a digital art space using Intel technology, and demonstrated with their ‘interactive paintbrush’ prototype how people could use the space to express themselves in both public or corporate spaces including public parks, office lobbies, children’s hospitals and waiting rooms.

Other ideas and awards included:

  • Alarm IQ, who were awarded Best User Experience for an alarm clock that would leverage your data to adapt and give you your preferred wake up experience.
  • GPLights who won Best New Experience for developing a device to help cyclists navigate without having to use a map or their phone.
  • Hunger’s Hope who won Best Use of Technology by developing an app to tackle the world’s hunger by redistributing food wastage, connecting people who have surplus meals or good with those who need it.

Congratulating the teams, DCU President, Professor Brian MacCraith said:

 “It is wonderful to see the level of diversity within the teams and that you have come together in terms of cultures, ethnicity and disciplines with all DCU five faculties strongly represented here today.

Sincere congratulations to you all on what you achieved in such a short period of time. I am genuinely impressed by the level of innovation and believe that each one of the nine projects presented today could go further.

In my opening remarks on Friday I said that this hackathon would be a journey of discovery. That you would discover things about yourself, about your innate creativity, about innovation, that you would discover new friends and knowledge. From what I have witnessed this evening, you have all come on such an incredible journey in such a short space of time and that certainly validates what both DCU and Intel set out to achieve.”

Eamonn Sinnott, Intel Ireland General Manager and Vice President, Technology Manufacturing Group, added:

“The world around us is changing at an almost unbelievable pace and with that change comes challenges that are unlike any we have faced before. What is becoming clear is that the solutions to these challenges will require us to be more creative in how we think about solving them and to apply solutions that are increasingly multi-disciplinary.

Intel is delighted to come together with DCU to host this STEAM hackathon which I believe is one of the most exciting, and effective, ways to bring creative and diverse thinking to life. Watching the students produce real functioning solutions and prototypes over just a weekend is fantastic and it’s particularly exciting for us to see many of these smart solutions powered by Intel technology.”

Are you attending DCU’s first ever STEAM Hackathon on 20th October?



Dear DCU #STEAMHAck Participant!

Ahead of this weekend’s Hackathon event in the Auditorium in DCU St. Patrick’s Campus, here are some short videos to help you start thinking about what you might be able to do using the Intel technology that will be provided to each team.


  1. For starters, here’s a a good Intel video to motivate you about what Intel’s “Genuino 101” kit is all about:

“Intel and Massimo Banzi on Arduino and Genuino 101”


  1. And next, here’s another video with a bit more geeky detail on the tech built into Intel’s Genuino 101 kit:

“Genuino (Arduino) 101 Explained – with SparkFun!”


  1. Ok – so again for beginners, here’s a short (4min) step-by-step video of how you can use the Intel Genuino (Arduino) to get a bunch of coloured LED lights flashing on and off .. it’s super simple!

Arduino Tutorial: LED Sequential Control- Beginner Project


Remember, there will be lots of help available throughout the Hackathon weekend – so don’t get freaked out if you are not a “techie”.  The Intel Genunio kits are designed for everyone to learn and use quickly.  What we want you to do in the coming days before the event is to start thinking about how you can use this tech to create artistic and creative project ‘prototypes’ over the weekend as per the Hackathon challenge theme.  And to help you think further about this, a good hackathon prototype should:

Provide a new experience

  • Whether you are prototyping a gadget or art installation, don’t be limited to building things you’ve seen before. Utilize colour, sound and motion to express your creativity and come up with something totally new.
  • How has your design incorporated Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths into a new experience? What was your inspiration? Is there a problem you are trying to solve or an interesting question you are trying to answer?


Use technology in an interesting way

  • There is a lot of useful hardware and software available to you over the weekend. Try and get something really simple working quickly and then add in other features. If you don’t have the kit you need, fake it!
  • What are the novel bits of hardware and software in your prototype? How does your prototype get information from the world and what does it do? Did you have to improvise? Were there any difficult bugs you had to squish?


Know the audience

  • Think about where you prototype will exist and what demographic will be interacting with it. Imagine your idea goes beyond this weekend and exists in the real world. Any demonstrations should be based on your prototype’s natural habitat.
  • Is this concept something that people will have in their homes or in their pockets? Who is your audience? How will they interact with this? Will your design inspire others to explore STEAM?

Hope you’re getting excited about DCU’s first ever #STEAMHack.  Stay tuned for further event information in the coming days!

If you haven’t yet registered, you can still do so here:

Shane Carter

DCU #STEAMHAck EventCoordinator

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