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Budding Entrepreneurs from DCUBS and Arizona State University Collaborate
15th April 2009

Students from Arizona State University (ASU) are visiting DCU this week to collaborate on international entrepreneurial projects with final year students here at DCU Business School. The three groups of student are meeting face-to-face for the first time, having collaborated over the past year using web technologies.

In 2007, a pilot programme, International Student Exchange Support (ISES) was initiated between ASU and DCU.  This came about as part of the ongoing ASU/DCU strategic alliance.

Final year Business Studies and European Business students at DCU take a year-long module in New Enterprise Development, which aims to introduce participants to the theory and practice of entrepreneurship. Co-ordinated by Dr Sarah Ingle, the main academic assignment for this module is the development of a business plan from an original idea in teams of three or four students.  

In ASU, under the Edson programme, those studying at undergraduate or graduate level are provided with the opportunity to apply for substantial funding and office facilities, in order to set up their own business while still a student. In this, and the last academic year, three teams from ASU have worked with three DCU teams to develop a particular idea in an Irish/European environment.

The ISES programme greatly facilitates the internationalisation of business education in an entrepreneurial context, and both the US and Irish students involved have gained both academically and professionally from their involvement. They interact with their counterparts via email and Skype calls on a regular basis over the academic year in order to complete the required deadlines and assignments.


The Textfinity Team

The Energy Derived Team

The EzBio Team

The ISES Programme Mentors

In 2008/2009 the business ideas and DCU teams involved are:


Business Idea

DCU Team

ASU Team

Energy Derived

Manufacture of Bio-fuel from Algae.


Kate McGuinness
Faris Al Harazy
Marie Claire Moloney
Elaine Kelly

Jeff Collier
Shaun Whitney



Portable science laboratory kits for Primary and Secondary Schools.

Niall Traynor
Enda McQuaid
Michael Corroon
Shane Kilboyle

Dishant Kalra
Logan Schimke
Jason Noble


Customised text messaging service for Secondary Schools.

Ross Mc Donagh
Ciaran Jennings
John Kavanagh
Grace McNally

Steve Thompson
Francesco Fragomeni

The Edson programme this year has provided funding for the Edson students to visit DCU from 15-17th April 2009, thus facilitating even greater interaction between the international teams. The ASU students will be accompanied by Mr Scott Perkofski, Manager of the Edson Programme in ASU, and Ms Terree Wasley, Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, ASU.  

Activities carried out during the visit will include: discussions of the ideas and mentoring support from invent staff and Enterprise Ireland commercialisation specialists, presentation of the ideas by the students to classmates and DCU faculty and  attendance at the DCU Ryan Academy Networking Seminar on 16th April presented by Brody Sweeney, CEO of O’Brien’s Sandwich Bars.