StartUp ScaleUp is Ireland’s ONLY IoT accelerator


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StartUp ScaleUp is a pan-European virtual accelerator for Internet of Things focused companies. We have 4 hubs – Ireland – Spain – Netherlands – Lithuania.

It’s a no equity – no cost accelerator funded by the Startup Europe initiative of the EU Commission.

Cycle 2 of Startup Scaleup began on 27th June with 21 companies from across Europe attending a week of workshops, talks from industry experts, mentoring and networking at DCU Ryan Academy in Citywest.

Company Profiles

Following this week, the programme moves online with 5 months of startup development support, mentoring and online resources. Startup Scaleup culminates in a Demo Day at one of Europe’s largest IoT conferences.

Some of our mentors, speaker and facilitators from Cycle 1:

Joe PerrottJoe Perrott is Head of Global Programme Management at PCH International, specialising in bringing hardware startups from concept to market. Joe has many years experience living and working in China bringing hardware to market with PCH. Joe is also an advisory on PCHs Highway1 program – a four month program based in San Francisco that supports hardware startups from idea to prototype – ensuring that products are designed to be scaled in production. Joe has a strong knowledge of manufacturing in China, product design, product development, quality and supply chain management, vendor management and communication between east and west


Philip MoynaghPhilip Moynagh was appointed Vice President of the Internet of Things Group at Intel in May 2014. Previous he held the position of General Manager Intels Quark Solutions Division. Designed in Ireland, the Quark System on Chip and its Software Stack enables us to move past an internet comprised primarily of connected computers, tablets and phones to an internet that connects everything in the physical world (including everyday objects).

Widely referred to as the “internet of things”, this technology is transforming high technology businesses today. Brussels, Beijing and Washington predict that billions of things will have built-in connected-Compute by the close of this decade, and that they will create trillions of euros in economic value. Moynagh’s organization identifies transformation opportunities, translates them into silicon and software architectures and builds real world solutions. Prior to this role, Moynagh managed leading edge silicon chip fabrication factories in Ireland and the US.


Linda Doyle

Linda Doyle is the Director of CONNECT/CTVR and Professor of Engineering and The Arts in Trinity College, University of Dublin. Her expertise is in the fields of wireless communications, cognitive radio, reconfigurable networks, spectrum management and creative arts practices. She has raised over 70 million in research funding in the past decade and has published widely in her field. Prof. Doyle has a reputation as an advocate for change in spectrum management practices and has played a role in spectrum policy at the national and international level. Currently she is a member of the National Broadband Steering Committee in Ireland, and is a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board in the UK. Prof. Doyle is on the advisory board of Wireless@KTH in Sweden. She is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin.


John O'ConnellJohn O’Connell, CEO CW Applied Technology. CW Applied Technology is a dynamic business which offers design, manufacture and commercialisation services to facilitate successful electronic enabled innovations. Our business model operates as a design-thinking platform which collaborates with relevant industry, research and entrepreneurial partners, from around the globe. John is an Electronic Engineering graduate from the University of Limerick with 27 years experience as an engineer, working in electronics manufacturing and design companies. He has served as Managing Director of CW Ltd since 2005 and before that held a variety of roles from Component Engineer, Product Engineer, Quality Manager & Operations Manager in areas as diverse as power supply design and manufacture, automotive electronics, telecoms & mechatronics.


Siofra Flood, ex-Drop & Swrve. Siofra’s career started in 1995 when she was the first legal counsel hired at IONA. She worked at IONA through its IPO in 1997, leaving in 2001. She joined Havok as Corporate Counsel in 2002 and played a lead role in its acquisition by Intel for US$110M in 2007. After Havok, Síofra established her own legal consultancy business, providing legal and business advice to over 25 start-up and mid-size software companies in Ireland and the UK. In 2011, Siofra became COO of Swrve, overseeing all its financial, legal and operational matters and taking lead on Swrve’s 2014 US$10M Series B funding round and company group restructure to become a US-based parent company. From March 2015, Siofra served as interim COO of Drop Kitchen, establishing internal financial controls, forecast models and closing an interim funding round in September 2015. Si­ofra is also a mentor on the Going for Growth programme and is the author of the Frontline Startup Manual.


Deirdre SmithDeirdre Smith, Joint National Director HBAN, is an engineer, tech entrepreneur and Chartered Director of the Institute of Directors. She sits on the board of the NSAI (National standard Authority of Ireland) and the Governance Board of the Wellcome Trust-HRB Clinical Research Facility at St. James’s Hospital in Dublin. She acts as a consultant, mentor and advisor to start-up companies and SMEs both through Enterprise Ireland and Green Point Consultancy. With a strong technical, operations and commercial background, Deirdre was the CEO of Zandar Technologies plc from 1999, which developed award winning MultiViewer solutions for the broadcast video monitoring sector worldwide. She led Zandar through their acquisition in 2007 by Harris Corporation. Deirdre held various management positions with Harris, an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries, until 2010.


Sean McNultySean McNulty is CEO of Dolmen. In Jan 1991 Sean set up Dolmen with the vision to lead a marketplace mind set change where the value of ideas, creativity and design thinking becomes an essential currency for our clients and their customers. Dolmen operate out of Dublin with a team of 15 innovation and design experts. Their client base includes Irish, U.K, European and U.S. Sean has undertaking programmes on behalf of public agencies including: Enterprise Ireland, InterTradeIreland, Export TT and INTERREG and European Framework programmes. He now specialises in embedding practical product development process for ambitious business leaders who want to leapfrog the market place and with a mind set like Abraham Lincoln, who stated 206 years ago that “the best way to predict the future is by creating it”.


Mary CroninMary Cronin, founder of ThousandSeeds, is an innovation catalyst, growth strategist and entrepreneur. She works with corporates, government bodies and SMEs to help them grow and scale their businesses. She works both in Ireland and Internationally. She is a technologist with a 20+ year track-record in building and managing large complex technology systems. She creates and implements incubation and acceleration programmes for organisations and commercialisation hubs. She uses lean and design-led validation methodologies. Mary is a connector has a diverse international network. She has developed strong business networks throughout Europe and Asia which she actively uses to collaborate and build business. She is a very active community builder in the entrepreneurial ecosystem both domestically and internationally.


Andrew KeoghAndrew Keogh, Pitch and Presentations Consultant, Aristo. As an International Speaker and Speakers Coach with over 20 years experience in the area of Business Coaching and Personal Development Andrew is acknowledged as achieving results that equate with the very best in the world. Aristo was set up some years ago to promote Andrew’s style of Leadership and Communications training with the emphasis on developing people’s ability to Connect 2 Grow their Business. Andrew can help people to Connect with increased confidence, Build Relationships and TRUST leading to Growth in Business. As a past President of the Professional Speakers Association Branch in Ireland Andrew is in constant demand to speak both nationally and internationally. He is also a charter member and former President of Lucan Toastmasters Club and has won numerous speech contests and evaluation contests over the years with Toastmasters.


European Network of Partners include:

BluSpecsBluspec is a consultancy firm specialised in the provision of advisory services to the public sector, and has as one of its areas of expertise the design and development of entrepreneurship services, including the development of investor-entrepreneur matching programmes. Among other several fields, Bluspec has an extensive experience both on innovation, science & technology networking, business clusters development, and management support for EU funded projects.


CrosspringCrosspring Lab is located in the Dutch Innovation Factory in Zoetermeer, Netherlands. The Lab is an inspiring place with likeIminded people who have the ambition to start a successful business and / or want to extend their existing business in the areas of Internet, mobile applications, software and games.


Cloud Incubator HubCloud Incubator HUB was launched in 2011 by the Universidad Politecnica de Cartagena in Spain to support entrepreneurs in starting mobile technology focused businesses. Over 84 entrepreneurs have graduated from Incubator’s 3 programmes, having received training, access to infrastructures to test their apps or products, mentoring in and access to finance.


Open Coffee Club (2)Open Coffee Club Vilnius is a Lithuanian NGO, founded in 2008, has grown into an entrepreneurship enabling organization with broad national (Lithuania) and foreign partnerships (Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, and beyond) and manifold activities. Since its foundation OCC Vilnius assisted a thousand of startups so far, driving them towards raising capital, gathering team, winning of international competitions, and to various other goals.


F6SF6S is the largest social network for Startups. With over 1,200,000 profiles for the Startup/SME community and more than 400,000 Startups, it currently supports the majority of the Startup/SME ecosystem through deal flow/applications, jobs listings, free services, communication forms and other areas.




New Startup Europe LogoStartup Europe aims to strengthen the business environment for web and ICT entrepreneurs so that their ideas and business can start and grow in the EU. Building a large and growing network of policy makers, corporate and startups, Startup Europe is funded by the European Commission.