Ustart 2021

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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.





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.


When:          Wednesdays  from  2pm – 4pm
Zoom link:   https://dcu-ie.zoom.us/j/99265936013
Book:           UStart@dcu.ie



FIRESIDE CHAT Eric Clinton : Taking Over a Family Business

Eric is an Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship at DCU Business School and Director of the DCU Centre for Family Business. He received his PhD in Entrepreneurship from the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School UCD. His research interests are primarily concerned with strategic entrepreneurial practices in multi-generational family firms, focusing on how entrepreneurial and innovative mindsets within family businesses are passed from one generation to the next. In one stream of research, Eric explores how family influences entrepreneurial activity in the firm ranging from portfolio activity, communication practices, to engaging the next generation. In another stream of research, Eric investigates how past experiences in the family firm influence future strategic behavior. In particular the influence of imprinting, legacy, entrepreneurial learning and long-term strategic thinking.

 Youtube:    https://youtu.be/3yn2rXaKQic         
Date               Wednesday 31st March 2021
More Info:  https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/145300833705



FIRESIDE CHAT Joe Cullinane The Entrepreneurial Leader:   Observations and lessons learned from working with entrepreneurs

Prof. Joe Cullinane’s focus is on strategic innovation, customer development, and entrepreneurship.  At DCU, Joe works on innovation and student entrepreneurship.  Prior to his current position, he was the CEO of Strategic Artistry,  a Silicon Valley strategy and innovation firm.  Joe is an advisor to ReBoot Career Accelerator for Woman and was a partner/board member for Silicon Valley Social Ventures (SV2).

Youtube:      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uqZrpalQGc
Date:               Wednesday 24th March 2021
More Info:   https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/138254211067



Presentation – Liz Leavy,  (Self Discovery and Team Development)

Liz Leavy is Head of HR for Diebold Nixdorf Ltd Ireland. She also does coaching for Senior Management teams and plays an active role in mentoring.  She has also built a successful recruitment business increasing turnover from €1m to €15m before its sale.

Date:                Friday 12th March 2021
Youtube:        https://youtu.be/nToiE1nN6X4
More Info:    https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/ustart-workshop-liz-leavy-self-discovery-and-team-development-tickets-141673301659



Fireside Chat – Martin McMahon, (Serial Entrepreneur and Investor)

Martin is a serial entrepreneur selling 3 organisations and an angel investor. Presently he is the Founder and CEO of Accent Solutions

Date:              Wednesday 3rd March 2021
Youtube:      https://youtu.be/az-k29pxxms
More Info:   https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/ustart-fireside-chat-martin-mcmahon-investing-scaling-tickets-138253031539



Fireside Chat – Student Awards Talk

For this week we have 3 speakers discussing the three difference awards that students of DCU can apply for. These include the

Enterprise Ireland Students Awards with Carol Dillon
The DCU President’s Awards for Innovation with Maria Johnston
The DCU President’s Award for Engagement (Natalji Matease)

Topics such as , times and dates, past projects and application requirements are discussed.

Date:               Wednesday 24th February 2021
Youtube:       https://youtu.be/aDq-k_wxdT4
More Info:   https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/ustart-students-awards-talk-tickets-141971228767



Fireside Chat – Stephen Daniels, Founder & CTO of Nuwave Ventures

Stephen Daniels Founder & CTO, NuWave Ventures: Nuwave Ventures has sold several thousand products and Stephen will discuss the ups and down from a research and development point of view.

Date:             Wednesday 17th February 2021
Youtube:       https://youtu.be/nlgbFVFZMO8
More Info:    Press here for Eventbrite page



Fireside Chat – Rónán Ó Dálaigh, Founder of Thriftify

Rónán Ó Dálaigh who studied BA Gnó & Gaeilge in 2014 at DCU and is Founder of Thriftify Social Enterprise and recently closed an investment round of recently raised €500K will open up about his journey and experiences.

Date:            Wednesday 10th February 2021
Youtube:      https://youtu.be/Jg074XhQmz0
More Info:   Press here for Eventbrite page




“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,



“Ustart was the best thing we ever did. It taught us all the basics of setting up a start-up up to the more advanced stuff. We would highly recommend the excellent team there, they are there for you every step along the way, no matter where you are on your start-up journey.”
Róisín Madden,
C0-Founder and CEO,
Airmeda Ltd,
Law and Governance Student.




Engineering Society

Esoc (The Entreprise Society)

Enactus Society

DCU Law Society

DCU Politics 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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