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July 1, 2016

Startup Scaleup Kick Off Week 2016

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Startup Scaleup Kick Off Week

On June 27th, DCU Ryan Academy welcomed 21 startups from across Europe to the academy for the launch week of Startup Scaleup. Startup Scaleup is a pan-European Internet of Things accelerator programme – the only one currently running in Ireland.

The selected companies from countries such as Spain, Italy, Austria, Ukraine, Greece, France and Ireland attended a week of skill development workshops, IoT networking events , talks from industry experts  and industry panel mentoring sessions, here at DCU Ryan Academy in Citywest.

Amongst the weeks highlights were targeted skills workshops in sales & internationalisation, customer discovery and strategic finance for the IoT sector.

The startups attended a one of a kind IoT industry networking event mid-week, co-hosted by DCU Ryan Academy and Intel Labs Europe. The event was a great success and with tickets quickly reaching waitlist status, the evening was well attended by members of the IoT community in Dublin.

Our startups held an exhibition and product demo in the venue alongside Intel Labs Europe, which was followed by a talk from Brian Quinn, Director of European R&D Ecosystem at Intel Labs Europe. Other speakers were from MyOctopus and TOG, discussing the startup journey and prototyping respectively, closing with a panel discussion from Exerwise, Firmwave, Zeto and HubControl, reflecting on their own experiences of growing a startup in IoT.

The week continued with participants pitching to an industry expert mentor panel and receiving individual feedback on their pitch. The week closes with a series of talks from guest speakers experienced in developing and progressing their companies in the IoT sector.

Startup Scaleup will continue as an online programme for the next 5 months with startup development support, mentoring and online resources. Startup Scaleup culminates in a Demo Day at one of Europe’s largest IoT conferences. Watch this space for more updates or visit our Participant Profile Page for more info.