Robotify develops DIY robotics kits to teach kids how to code in a fun and easy way in order to give the next generation of youth technologists a friendly introduction to the world of STEM. Users assemble tiny robots that serve different functions once coded. We take the user through each stage step by step so that they can see the physical effects of their code in real life. Along with the new competitive gamified platform we create a connection and spark an interest in these young minds which we believe may just change the future.
Scribe: researchers and journalists are working hard to provide access to information and knowledge. The mission of Scribe is to provide these communities with a dedicated tool to help them with one of their most tedious task: transcribing. Scribe is an innovative and easy-to-use web application where researchers and journalists can upload large audio files (More than 80 different languages available) and get transcripts automatically to their mailbox by using voice recognition.
UniBrowse.ie is a web platform that allows users Search, Compare and Explore college courses in Ireland. We provide a quick and simple solution to a very complex decision. With 1200+ courses available at the click of a button, we take the stress out of searching and make it easy to get a transparent view of the third level landscape and make an informed decision on CAO. We believe that students are being left behind in a time where technology makes all of our decisions quite simple. Netflix and Spotify make media easy for consumers, UniBrowse.ie makes third-level decisions easy.
GloUp is a Platform intended to facilitate the evolution currently happening in the beauty industry. Freelance hairstylists, barbers, beauticians and makeup artists are thriving and the sector as a whole is on the rise as brick and mortar stores are seeing steady declines in business. However, there is no platform targeted specifically to help freelance providers to do business. What we are doing is providing the platform through which the industry can evolve into what we predict will be the way business is done in the near future within this sector.
HealthPath is an innovative start-up born out of the DCU Ryan Academy-US Embassy’s Creative Minds Hackathon. Having won the competitive hackathon, HealthPath are now striving to improve the lives of refugees and the wider community with their digital health platform by giving patients access to medical professionals who literally ‘speak their language’. Connecting bilingual doctors to patients through the platform (video conferencing, live messenger and voice call), allows refugees (and migrant groups in general) to integrate fully into the national healthcare system. If the model works well in Ireland, it has the potential to be rolled out globally.
Dormadvisor is an online platform allowing students to rate, review and book student accommodation. With Dormadvisor, students will be able to safely and confidently select their desired student accommodation with the help of peer reviews and ratings on listings. Additionally, Dormadvisor will act as a booking intermediary, allowing students to then book their desired accommodation. Landlords will be able to advertise their letting safely and securely through Dormdavisor, allowing their listings to reach maximum exposure. High website traction will be facilitated by the ratings and reviews of listings.
StoryTracks is an audio-guide app which brings local stories to life. Triggered via geo-location users are encouraged to explore the country and engage with its people, heritage and culture in a fun and interactive way.
GiveBack.ie is a social enterprise that aims to tackle homelessness in Ireland through passive crowd-fundraising. Our platform allows users to give back to homelessness charities simply by shopping online, without spending anything extra. When you make a purchase at any one of over 700 supported retailers, a percentage of your total spend will go towards helping Irish homeless people at no additional cost to you. Our software runs seamlessly in the background, enabling the everyday philanthropist from the comfort of their own sofa.
SportsEQ Sports-based stock market with users purchasing shares in particular athletes with share value based on athlete’s performance.
Takeaway Direct is a mobile application which provides users with a ‘one stop shop’ for all their takeaway needs, offering a more personalised ordering experience. Takeaway Direct tracks the user’s location and based on their location shows the most popular meal deal/meals in their delivery radius and allows users to order online or call the restaurant directly. Save time on searching different menus, see the most popular meals with one tap.
SAR Consultancy was established in 2014. It is led by a small team, with expertise in law enforcement, international security & risk management and international logistics and procurement. SAR offers two types of service, research and evaluation services on rule of law, terrorism, organised crime and security, and risk management services. Much of SAR’s work has been overseas in West Africa and the Balkans. However, given the changing environment, SAR sees potential in the Irish market, both from a risk management perspective and in the development of a Security Think Tank. Clients include government agencies, NGOs and private companies.
Leap Towards Big Data: This Multi-Phase project designs affordable MATLAB e-books on the Kindle platform that gives students and professionals the skills to transition to jobs in Data Analysis and Big Data. This project enables upskilling though books refined on a semester basis. The unique nature of the digital format allows material to be added as more is learned. An expansion of this into monetised “How To” videos on Youtube opens doors for this project by setting up a funding route through the amazon associates programme. Providing a link in video descriptions, viewer purchases on amazon made after going through the link generates profit.
Thump is a system allowing customers to use their fingerprint as their ID outside clubs while aiding clubs to ID and gather information on their customers more efficiently. We check customer ID and take their thumbprint at sign up so they can leave their passports and drivers licenses at home. We have a Thump fingerprint reader outside the clubs which flashes green if you’re on the system. Other benefits include customers skipping the queue outside the club, a prepay system for the club and information for the club about their customers, how many male or females, how old or young, loyalty, birthdays etc.
Seapark provides real-time availability information for accessible parking spaces to anyone who requires it, no more no less. A simple yet direct service that provides Real time parking occupancy data for users and Data trends/compliance info for local government and businesses. As Ireland’s 1st Internet of things Social Enterprise, Seaprk is ensuring our cities are being truly smart for all citizens not just in text and commentary but practically tapping into the IOT ecosystem to responsibly deploy one of the many intelligent urban systems that will contribute to socio-economic development and improve quality of life for citizens with access needs.
Science Media provide the scientific community with affordable and professional video production services to bridge the gap between science and the public. Science Media develop video content to exhibit the result of scientific research, which makes it easier to understand for the public. The founding team are a team of scientists which allows them to understand and then highlight the issues being raised.
Effector is a digital marketing agency that helps businesses make an impact online through website development and social media marketing. Effector has worked with all sizes of business from local cafÃ©s to large multinationals such as Audi and has been featured in the Irish Times. Effector and aims to reach 10 full time staff over the next 12 months.
Pop-Up is a service which connects Irish SMEâ€™s, who are seeking shot-term rental agreements, with property owners in possession of suitable vacant commercial/office, premises. Pop up shops are now becoming an important aspect of the retailer sector, a recent study showed they contributed over Â£2.3 billion to the British economy in 2015.
WhyBuy is an online classifieds website for short term rentals of outdoor/sporting items. This service aims to provide an online platform which facilitates consumer to consumer rental transactions.
Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky summed up this service when he asked: â€œThere are 80 million power drills in America that are used an average of 13 minutes. Does everyone really need their own drill?â€
According to Forbes, the sharing economy sector exceeded â‚¬2.5 billion in 2013.
Tap is an NFC and GPS enabled wristband that allows users to connect with each other at networking and business events. Tap allows conference attendees to exchange contact details when shaking hands. A study in 2011 showed over 1.3 million networking events took place in the UK attracting over 116 million attendees, which accounted for spending of just under Â£40 billion.
At Hitch we connect commuters with drivers who are undertaking the same journey, saving money and time for the commuters and cutting costs for the drivers. Initially aiming at the student market as a test bed, it will then extend to commuting professionals. Users will advertise lifts, book lifts and pay for them all within the app. A recent survey by National Transport Authority showed that 39% of all students would use carpooling over any other mode of transport to get to and from college.
CitySwifterÂ is an award-winning social transportation network allows commuters to crowd source their commute. CitySwifterÂ provide a luxury, direct shuttle bus service that gets you to work faster with more convenience and is the same price or cheaper than any other form of transport.
Slapp is a time management app aimed at students. Our missions is to make time management easier for students, while empowering marketers with powerful marketing data. The first iteration of their product is targeting the problem of university student calendars.
Squeazy Eazy Science is an educational toy company all about making science fun and easy. Squeazy began in 2012 when three transition year students spotted a boring science demonstration sitting at the back of their science lab. They reinvented this into Squeazy which is a fun and addictive science based challenge. The Squeazy Story has seen the company reach success across several student business competitions, national media and even RTEâ€™s Dragonsâ€™ Den.
Fitness Foods is an online e commerce site dedicated to ‘delivering health conveniently’. Fitness Foods will supply a range of health foods, fresh meat, ready made meals & other nutritional products. All products can be purchased online and customers can receive delivery via courier. All products will be produced & packed on site at Fitness Foods HQ which is a custom built state of the art manufacturing facility.
Touchtech Payments -Â One of the largest contributors to online credit cardÂ fraud is the lack of proof that the card holder is in possession of the card at time of purchase. Founded by two friends, one a DCU Student the other TCD, Touchtech payments aims to solve this problem.
Promoter: Shekina Glory
Area of Study: Mechatronic Engineering
Appointz is an appointment management system which allowsÂ businesses and consumers to schedule appointments. Appointz is aimed at all sectors, the vision is to be the one stop shop for consumers looking to make all of their appointments using one smartphone app.
Founder: Anne Marie Regan
Area of Study: Marketing Innovation & Technology
DaysE – An innovative Social Enterprise, The â€˜Donate As You SaveÂ Energyâ€™ (DaysE) initiative is a â€˜win-win-winâ€™ means of encouraging energy consumers to reduce their enegry demand whilst raising funds for others.
Founder: Colm Byrne
Area of Study: Graduate Certificate in Innovation in Social Enterprise 2015
Food+ are a deals marketing company initially aimed at students.Â The focus of the company is highlighting restaurants which will are offering deals in your area. This is delivered through a GPS enabled app. Food+ were born out of HackDCU in April 2015 they have since shown incredible â€˜hustleâ€™ having already signed up some of the most notable food companies in Dublin to their offering, including Nandos and Krust Bakery.
Founder: Jack Quinn
Area of Study: International Business
kiSense aim to retrofit household appliances to act like â€˜smartâ€™ appliances.Â Internet of Things is widely considered to be one of theÂ largest market opportunities in the coming years, kiSense have developed a product which will solve a real problem in this field.
Liam is a true innovator, as well as founding kiSense, Liam also recently won the presidentâ€™s award for innovation for an app he designed which allows users to scan objects and instantly create CAD files for 3D printing. He will be evaluating the feasibility of both projects on his time with UStart.
Founder: Liam Sexton
Area of Study: Biomedical Engineering
HD Industries have researched and designed a new iteration of the FaradayÂ Cup (tool used in research for detectingÂ atom particles). Their iteration ofÂ the particle detector is far more accurate and cost effective than the current market standard. This product will be aimed at the large corporates in the world of industrial research but will also have applications inÂ academic research.
Founder: Â Shane Hamilton
Area of Study: Applied Physics
Doodledale produce interactive iPad story books for children aged 6-7.Â Doodledaleâ€™s novel approach is that the story the child experiences will be determined by how the child draws their main character.
Founded by UStart Alumni Sam, who has taken his learnings from ViralM and applied them to his newest ventureÂ Doodledale.
Founder: Sam Pearson
Area of Â Study: Multimedia
Statua – The ultimate goal of Statua is to â€˜take the weight off womenâ€™sÂ shouldersâ€™ by revolutionising the design and production of womenâ€™s lingerie and swimwear for larger cup sizes. Over the course of UStart Statua aims to test the feasibility of their customisable solution to this problem. Their founder Elizabeth is a passionate entrepreneur who has identified key areas of weakness in the industry.
Founder: Elizabeth Headon
Area of Study: Marketing Innovation & Technology
Students for Research have developed a marketplace for researchers andÂ students to connect. Researchers currently outsource a lot of tasks which are time intensive and outside the skillset of the researcher e.g. translation services and survey collation. Through Students for Research researchers and students can connect, apply for tasks, track progress, deliver tasks and ultimately organise payment. Students for Research was developed at HackDCU in April 2015.
With 28 research centres and over 600 researchers, Dublin City University is eager to explore the potential in this service as it is a great opportunity to uncover talent and expertise residing in universities.
Founder: David Azcona PÃ©rez
Area of study: Masters in Computing
Coconut Cabin is a grassroots, social media advertising startup agency for SMEs in the Ireland & UK specializing in content for social media channels.
Founders: Colin Oliver, Richard Forde, Adis Banda
Area of Study: Digital Marketing Mechanics,Political Communication, Creative Digital Media
Feature Clothing design and produce custom garments for individuals and groups. It also has its own line of hoodies, hats and accessories which it sells online.
Founders: Brendan O’Friel, CiaranÂ Martin, KevinÂ Kremers
Area of Study: Business Studies, Mechanical Engineering
GiftPulse is a smartphone app that enables people to easily send physical gifts to friends, regardless of their location. Giftpulse will also provide a recommendation engine, to assist you in shopping for your friends.
Founder: Ryan Dardis
Area of Study: Applied Language and Intercultural Studies
LayerLabz design, manufacture and sell large, affordable 3D printers. LayerLabz also provides training, servicing and all of the consumables needed to operate their machinery.
Founders: Robert McGrath, Alan Donnelly
Area of Study: Marketing Innovation and Technology
Mytechbuyback is an online platform which provides short term microfinance by using consumer electronica as collateral.
Founder: Graham Byrne
Area of Study: Business Innovation Programme
Quota is an affordable clothing brand which draws inspiration from the Urban Arts, similar in style to Ecko. Quota also provides custom designs, stencils and murals of logos for companies and events.
Founder: Luke Scales
Area of Study: Mechatronic Engineering
Twizt Hydration has developed a solution to the problem of carrying liquids while exercising. Focusing initially on the running market, Twizt Hydrationâ€™s new product is a great solution to a very real problem.
Founders: Dara Lynch & Colin Gargan
Area of Study: Business Studies
ViralM are a digital media production company which specialize in creating quality, unique videos, that appeal to millennial target audiences.
Founders: David Atkinson, Sam Pearson & Stephen Kampff
Area of Study: Communication Studies, Multimedia
Agile Payments provides electronic payment systems for festivals around Ireland making the festival experience hassle free!
Cent for Change allows you to give a small amount while making a big difference. The next generation of charitable giving.
Clever Campus – An instant timetabling system that enables university students to access their class timetable instantly through their smartphone. Our system is free to use and is monetized through local deals on the Smartphone App.
HeadstARTS empowers and enables people with intellectual disabilities through the arts. HeadstARTS allows for the members to develop both personally and socially in a community which promotes inclusion, creativity and positive mental health.
NoteHome is a Parent Relationship Management System which enhances the home school relationship through the use of emerging technologies.
OptiStride – Our goal is to design and manufacture a consumer product to change how people evaluate and react to the foot pain they experience in their everyday lives through performing physiotherapy exercises.