Stuff We Love

This section contains stuff that the crew of the DCU Ryan Academy love. Generally we have categorized these into: ToolsInfoAdviceFun

We hope you also enjoy and value this stuff we love!

Advice, Info, Tools November 2, 2016

How to De-risk your Start Up!


There’s a saying that goes no risk, no reward, but what if the risk was manageable?

This great guide from Leo Polovets at Susa Ventures talks through some of the initial risk factors and common problems that start ups face. The list is then ranked from 1 to 5, helping you to quickly see where you fall on the spectrum.

A really great tool from a software engineer turned VC.


Advice, Info August 4, 2016

6 Steps to becoming more entrepreneurial

Looking to progress your entrepreneurial spirit?

Have a read of the following article to see a few ideas to encourage you along the way.

Here are the 6 steps…

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Advice, Info, Tools August 4, 2016

Fear the gatekeeper no more!

Email Hunter

We have another cool website for you to have a look at.

‘Email Hunter’ does exactly what it says on the tin. Simply type in a domain name (e.g. and Email Hunter will return a list of every email address available on the internet, belonging to that domain. Save yourself valuable research time!

Check it out HERE

Info, Tools May 6, 2016

The Ultimate Entrepreneur Tool Kit


There are tonnes of free resources online for business owners – but the real question is - are they actually any use?! And how can you try before you ‘buy’? Here’s an easy way to save yourself some time and effort!

We’ve discovered an awesome list that orders free online resources into a huge variety of categories from app development to finding co-founders – with each source listed in order of popularity. Simples! Get browsing here

Advice, Info, Tools April 14, 2016

Startup Navigation Manual

Startup Navigation Manual

Frontline Ventures built the Startup Navigation Manual to outline the major first steps founders take, and the pitfalls to be avoided — at the beginning of the long road from company formation to the ultimate mature stage as a large and free-standing company, active in global markets.

This manual is based on the commercial investing experience of theFrontline team and the legal experience of Síofra Flood (former COO of Swrve and Drop), who has had a long and successful career in early-stage tech.

There are better ways to share practical experience within the tech industry. Our communities are filled with people with amazing experience and insight; those insights should be shared, so that early-stage founders can start out on the right path, spend less time learning about legal issues from scratch, and focus on growing their businesses.

Access the manual by clicking HERE

Advice, Tools March 14, 2016

How to get €100k from the Government

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A brilliant eBook from BulletHQ on government funding for startups. Complete with handy infographics to clarify application timelines and valuable insights from industry experts – one to add to your reading list! Click on the image to download.

Uncategorized December 10, 2015

An Essential Guide to SWOT Analysis

SWOT often gets overlooked as something that’s a bit old-school, however if it’s done properly, it can be a quick and useful tool to help you think about your Strengths – Weakness – Opportunities and Threats.

Check out this ‘Essential Guide to SWOT Analysis’ by Justin Gomer & Jackson Hille.

Tools October 28, 2015

Is that website name available?


Namechk entrepreneurial domains

Check what domains and usernames are available – great for finding out if your idea for a new business name is available across the board of web domains and social media sites.


Tools October 23, 2015

Find out what other websites have been built with

Builtwith Techcrunch

The goal of is to help developers, researchers and designers find out what technologies webpages are using which may help them to decide what technologies to implement themselves.


Advice October 14, 2015

Content Marketing eBooks – the Ultimate List

Curata marketing ebook list

With more and more marketers increasing their spend on content marketing,  it’s clear that content is making its way to the top of the priority list for many organizations.

Here’s a really useful list of ebooks from with advice on various content marketing topics –