Ustart Programme Schedule 2020

By August 9, 2020 No Comments



Are you a student in DCU with an idea that you want to make a reality? DCU has developed an extra-curricular programme called UStart, which was the first student accelerator of its kind in Ireland. It offers students with entrepreneurial ideas the chance to set up their own enterprises. The programme offers unique education in entrepreneurship that moves outside the classroom and provides students with an opportunity to showcase their talents to a broader audience.  Students have been supported with office space in the DCU Innovation campus, financial support and mentorship from the DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurs to help them bring their business ideas to life.


We are delighted to advertise that the DCU UStart Student Entrepreneurship Programme will be delivered LIVE on one afternoon per week – Monday’s from 2 pm to 5 pm – via the Zoom platform, starting on 17th  August x 6 weeks.  All you need is to be available and have internet access.  #SIMPLE

While it’s unfortunate COVID19 hit the world and changed our direction with lectures, programmes and events in DCU.  We still wish to support those of you who are serious about your business (social or commercial) idea and invite you to apply for the DCU UStart Student Entrepreneurship Programme.


Ustart Programme Schedule 2020:

As mentioned the below will be on Mondays from 2pm-5pm.
The Ustart programme will dive deeper into the following:

August 17th :     Business Modelling: populating the Business Model Canvas

August 24th :     Customer Discovery & Customer Journey: understanding your customer needs

August 31st :     Finance for Startups: is your business idea financially viable?

Sept 7th :           Setting your Milestones: Key Partnerships & Resources, complete your Canvas

Sept 14th :        How to Tell Your Story: Elevator, Sales and Investor Pitch

Sept 21st :         Speed Mentoring:  5 x One to One Mentor Meetings in one afternoon


Ustart Registration Form:

If interested please complete the Registration Form  (download here) with some quick and easy to answer questions.  Please complete and return to Terence Bowden, DCU UStart & HUB
Coordinator: Terence.Bowden@dcu.ie  PLEASE note; if you have a CoFounder or colleague working with you, they may participate too, we just need their name and email address.


Talk to Terence:

Terence is the new DCU UStart & HUB Coordinator for the Campus.  Terence’s role is to unite the Entrepreneurship activities both social and commercial within the whole of the DCU Campus, so that students have a clear ‘sign post’ of where to go for support for their new and/or existing venture.  Terence has huge experience working in the Startup Ecosystem in Ireland, he has designed and run accelerator programmes for early-stage startups and over the past few years he has been Community Manager for the DCU Alpha Campus.  If you would like to ask Terence any questions about the programme starting on August 17th  or on Entrepreneurship in general; Terence will set up a Zoom call with you to discuss.



“Ustart was a wonderful programme for our startup. I felt it afforded us the opportunity to mature as founders with the help of some fantastic advice. Over the course of the summer we received phenomenal mentorship, grew our network and grew as a company. I’d highly recommend Ustart to any young founder looking to get into entrepreneurship.”

Adam Dalton,
Co-Founder & CEO,


Events of Interest:

Event:    R&D Tax Credits Round Table Webinar
Date:      8th September
Time:     11:00am – 12:00am
Where:  Zoom webinar
Info:       Press here

Event:    Dublin Startup Week
Date:      October 2020
Info:       Press here


DCU Societies / Organisations

Engineering Society

Esoc (The Entreprise Society)

Enactus Society

DCU Ryan Academy

National Centre for Family Business



For any questions  in relation to growing your own business/any entrepreneurial activity in DCU please reach out to;

Terence Bowden
DCU Ryan Academy


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