DCU UStart Accelerator Demo Day Pitches

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DCU UStart Accelerator Demo Day Pitches

Ten student teams who have participated in UStart 2017, Dublin City University’s student start-up accelerator programme, will pitch to a panel of judges on 5th October to win the coveted titles of ‘Overall Best Pitch’ and ‘Best Start-up Opportunity’.

The accelerator, which is open to both profit and not-for profit ventures for all students from any DCU programme, has been running over the last four months, during which time the student entrepreneurs have been working closely with mentors to develop their minimum viable products, create revenue, secure partnerships and attract early customers.

Participants in this year’s programme include: 

  • Robotity Labs, a company which produces new technologies to teach children how to code
  • Happy Scribe, an automatic transcribing tool that hopes to save researchers and journalists time and money
  • Unibrowse, a search engine for college courses
  • SAR Consultancy, a security research and analysis provider in the areas of organised crime, terrorism and security related issues
  • StoryTracks, a modern heritage audio-guide bringing local stories to life when out and about on a user's own smart phone or tablet
  • GloUp, a mobile app providing a marketplace to those operating as freelance professionals within the beauty and personal care industry
  • Giveback.ie, helps you to end homelessness by shopping online, without spending a penny more than you normally would
  • SportsEQ, making the concept of the stock market more accessible to the average person
  • Dormadvisor, a safe and transparent platform where students can rate, review and book student accommodation
  • Takeaway Direct, a mobile app providing users with a one-stop-shop for all their takeaway needs, offerin a more personalised ordering experience

The winners will be decided by an expert judging panel consisting of: Eamonn Quinn, DCU Educational Trust; David Bowles, Delta Partners; Barbara Morrissey, Wayra Ireland; Kevin Mac Sweeney, Broadlake Capital; Kathy Kelly, Atlantic Bridge Ventures; Charlie Taylor, Irish Times.