ABOUT USTART

If you are a DCU student with a great business or social enterprise idea but don’t know what to do next, the DCU UStart student programme will accelerate your entrepreneurial and business development.

This is a FREE programme for DCU students which runs part-time during the summer months June – October, allowing you to build your business while still pursuing other summer priorities.
6-10 student led startups will be selected to take part in UStart annually. €30,000 in business development funding is shared between participating teams, allocated based on progress throughout the programme.

Throughout the summer, you will be supported by world-class startup experts to produce a minimal viable product, validate with customers and refine with mentor guidance.

The programme culminates in a Demo Day when you will get to showcase your product to the key players from the Dublin startup eco-system.

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WHAT IS DCU USTART?

DCU UStart looks to transition top students with great ideas into early
stage entrepreneurs with prototype products.
The goal of the programme annually is for participants to produce a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) which students will refine through a model of customer validation, agile
development, mentorship and ongoing support from the DCU Ryan Academy.

The programme will take place over the summer months.

Founders will understand the theories behind, and be practitioners in the concepts of Lean Startup and ‘Agile Development’ which are key to successfully navigating the early stages of startups. The ideas will undergo extensive market research which will ensure the teams are solving a problem that has a proven need and is commercially viable, as well as beginning the steps to establishing a product-market fit. The concepts have been refined to produce an M.V.P which the teams can then show to potential customers and investors.  DCU UStart will look to transition top students with great ideas into early stage entrepreneurs with prototype products. The goal of the programme is to produce a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) which students will refine through a model of customer validation, agile development, mentorship and ongoing support from the DCU Ryan Academy.

What is in it for participants?

Students will see their ideas taken through a process which will result in prototypes which has been rigorously researched and extensively tested by prospective end users. Upon graduating the programme, the teams will be in a position to pursue their venture through other available startup supports in Ireland e.g. Enterprise Ireland, Venture Capital, traditional Accelerator programmes etc.beginning the steps to establishing a product-market fit.

To view the 2017 participant profiles in full: Click Here

To view the 2016 participant profiles in full: Click Here

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