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July 26, 2017

New Aviation & TravelTech Startup Accelerator Programme in Shannon

A new start-up accelerator programme targeting the aviation and aerospace ecosystem in Ireland has been created in Shannon. Propeller Shannon was launched on July 25 as the world of niche, targeted accelerators hit new heights. Solely aimed at the aviation and aerospace industry, 10 start-ups will be hosted at a dedicated innovation hub in the […]


HEA Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Creativity Summer Camp

The DCU Ryan Academy, in conjunction with the Lego Innovation Studio at DCU’s Institute of Education at DCU St. Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra, recently delivered a week-long summer camp for talented second-level students focused on Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Creativity. The camp focussed on three themes – Developing Creative Confidence, Understanding Entrepreneurial Thinking and Empowering Leadership Skills […]

June 26, 2017

DCU Ryan Academy and Beachhut PR: Winners of Best Event Award

DCU Ryan Academy and Beachhut PR, winners of the ‘Best Event Award’ at the Public Relations Institute of Ireland Awards 2017 – for our Start Up Wake series of events which we took on the road to Dublin, Cork, London, Texas and back to Dublin. Start Up Wake Video: CLICK HERE L to R: Rhona Blake, MD of Fleishman Hillard […]

June 23, 2017

Female High Fliers – Finalé Event July 4th..!!

Female High Fliers Finale July 4th Join us on July 4th for DCU Ryan Academy’s – Female High Fliers “finalé” event here in the Academy in Citywest. Our 10 amazing Female High Fliers companies will pitch their value proposition, business model and future ambitions – the programme is over but their journey is still ongoing. […]

February 22, 2017

ISAX Ingenuity Programme

DCU Ryan Academy to deliver the ISAX Ingenuity Accelerator Programme 2017 ISAX (Ireland Smart Ageing Exchange) – is an independent network of industry academia and government agencies focused on fast-tracking the R&D and commercialisation of innovations for the global smart ageing economy.   Ingenuity Accelerator Programme is for those with ambition to establish a fast-growth internationally […]

January 16, 2017

NEW Cafe @ DCU Ryan Academy

The Academy Cafe has had an amazing makeover – drop in to sample our new offerings. Our new café has officially launched this week and our offer will include the following: Full Starbucks range Freshly baked breakfast pastries Homemade porridge Fruit salads and fresh fruit selection Homemade cakes Homemade granola pots Soup of the day Selection of sandwiches and […]

January 5, 2017

Illuminate Accelerator Programme

On Thursday, 17th November, Alison Cowzer of East Coast Bakehouse and Dragon’s Den, launched the Boyne Valley / M1 ‘Illuminate’ Female Entrepreneurship Programme at The Mill Enterprise Hub in Drogheda. The programme is delivered by the DCU Ryan Academy and is a Fetac-accredited course aimed at entrepreneurs seeking to develop their business. CLICK HERE for further […]

October 18, 2016

New Ireland Assurance Hackathon

New Ireland Assurance and DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurs have partnered for the New Ireland Hackathon. The challenge is simple:  “How to make insurance, investments and pensions relevant to my generation?”   CLICK HERE for more info on prizes and how to apply!

October 17, 2016

Startup Wake – The Return

Dearly beloved, DCU Ryan Academy in mourning with BeachHut PR and the Office Of Dublin’s Commissoner for Startups sadly announces the return of our sixth Startup Wake, to Dublin. Following an international tour of Startup Wakes in London, Tech Open Air Berlin, SXSW Austin TX and Built in Cork, we are bringing it back home […]

September 15, 2016

Exciting News About Creative Minds Hackathon!

The Creative Minds Deadline has been EXTENDED to Midnight on Sunday 18th September due to a VERY exciting development: There will be up to €15,000.00 available to develop the top proposals from the Creative Minds Hackathon. So, what are you waiting for?! Get your application in before Sunday for your chance to develop an amazing […]

August 27, 2016

Creative Minds Hackathon 2016 – Applications OPEN

Calling all Creative Minds! The U.S. Embassy in Ireland, in partnership with the DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship, is inviting applications from young social innovators for a cross-border social entrepreneurship hackathon October 14 – 16 2016. For more information click HERE 

August 25, 2016

Enterprise Ireland CSF’s Open – Graduates & Int’l Entrepreneurs

Two Competitive Start Fund competitions for start-ups opened on Wednesday 24th August, 2016 Two Competitive Start Fund (CSF) competitions – the International Entrepreneurship CSF and the Graduate Entrepreneurship CSF, combining a total of €1million in funding from Enterprise Ireland have opened for applications on Wednesday 24th August 2016. Applications are invited from ambitious graduates and international entrepreneurs with […]

July 22, 2016

WIN a trip to South Summit

Startup Europe comes to South Summit Welcome and Startup Europe have teamed up with South Summit to offer an amazing opportunity to 12 early stage European startups from Dublin, Milan and Berlin. You will travel to South Summit, Madrid for 3 nights courtesy of the Welcome project and Startup Europe with 3 day tickets to the conference […]

July 14, 2016

B2B Cloud Marketplaces Seminar Series

On behalf of IC4 and DCU Alpha we are delighted to invite you to the second seminar of our free summer series of seminars on digital business - “Introduction to Google Ad Words”. It will be held in DCU Business School from 1700-1900 on Tuesday, 26 July. The schedule for the remaining seminars is available at http://www.ic4.ie/events. Over […]

July 1, 2016

Startup Scaleup Kick Off Week 2016

  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, […]

June 10, 2016

Startup Ole 2016

  STARTUP OLÉ 2016 is an event created for tech startups, aiming to bring together the right mix of entrepreneurs and facilitators. It will be the ultimate networking site for startups who are keen to leverage Salamanca’s globally-renowned talent hub and enterprise culture. STARTUP OLÉ 2016 connects startups; matches them with funders, serial entrepreneurs and […]

June 1, 2016

Tech Open Air Festival Berlin – Win a place for your startup

Win a free trip to Tech Open Air, Berlin with Welcome & Startup Europe DCU Ryan Academy are looking for 3 startups from Dublin to attend the Tech Open Air Festival in Berlin – 13th – 15th July – for FREE! You will travel to Tech Open Air, Berlin for 3 days courtesy of the […]


Silicon Valley Programme for Late Stage Startups

Take your startup to Silicon Valley!   DCU Ryan Academy is looking for one Irish late stage startup (>€50K of funding from external investors) to travel to Silicon Valley for a “soft landing” with Mind the Bridge, the Welcome Project and Startup Europe. You will join 3 other top startups from Berlin, Milan and Madrid/Salamanca […]

May 5, 2016

Pioneers Festival WINNERS announced!

Startup Europe and Welcome have selected 8 startups from 4 countries to attend Pioneers Festival in Vienna, 24th and 25th May. Each of the 8 startups will travel to Vienna courtesy of the Welcome Project with tickets to Pioneers festival provided through the Pioneers500 initiative. At the festival startups will network with top investors and […]

April 13, 2016

Startup Scaleup 2016 – Applications OPEN

StartUp ScaleUp is Ireland’s ONLY IoT accelerator Minimum commitment for maximum impact StartUp ScaleUp is a pan-European virtual accelerator for Internet of Things focused companies. We have 4 hubs – Ireland – Spain – Netherlands – Lithuania. The real strength of Startup Scaleup is in our networks: with 6 startup partner organisations in Ireland, UK, Spain, Netherlands […]

March 31, 2016

Meet the Founders Event

DCU Ryan Academy invite you to Meet the Founders of the Female High Fliers Programme 11 exciting companies have been selected to participate on Cycle 1 of the 2016 Programme. We hope you will come to hear the Founders “Tell their Story” (in a 5 min presentation) and encourage them on their journey to business […]

March 21, 2016

Win a free trip to Pioneers Vienna

Win a free trip to Pioneers, Vienna with Welcome & Startup Europe Welcome and Startup Europe have teamed up with the Pioneers Festival to offer an amazing opportunity to 8 early stage European startups. 2 members of your team will travel to Vienna, Austria for 3 nights courtesy of the Welcome project and Startup Europe […]


Free trip to Silicon Valley & EU Cities for your Startup

WELCOME is looking for nine top-notch startups ready to pack their bags and embark on a once-in-a-lifetime international adventure! This amazing trip will start in Milan and end up in Dublin, passing through Berlin, Madrid, Salamanca and San Francisco along the way. During the visit to the European WELCOME project’s eco-systems, the nine selected startups will be […]

March 10, 2016

Student car-pool app Hitch wins DCU Hackathon! #HackDCU

Hitch, a car-pool app which allows student drivers and fellow students to connect and share transport was the winning idea at the 2016 DCU Hackathon #HackDCU announced on Sunday, March 6th. Luke Scales, Jaime Badiola Ramos, Shane Carter, Oisín Hoy, Pedro Neto and Eva Christie, all students at DCU beat off stiff competition from over […]

February 8, 2016

Cross Border Mentorship Week – Hardware & TravelTech – Apply now!

Calling all Hardware & TravelTech startups – apply now for Welcome’s Cross Border Mentorship Week DCU Ryan Academy is offering four top early stage startups an amazing opportunity to work with the best mentors in the fields of hardware and traveltech and accelerate your business to the next level. Joining 12 international startups from Germany, […]

January 26, 2016

Our Next Hackathon – HackDCU

Powered by: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Over 100 students will come together on the weekend of the 4th – 6th March 2016 in DCU for a weekend long hackathon. This event will provide a platform for students to immerse themselves in the process of moving an idea to market while making invaluable connections to Dublin’s entrepreneurial […]

December 4, 2015

Applications OPEN – Female High Fliers Programme 2016

  APPLY NOW Female High Fliers is an accelerator programme for Irelands best early stage start-ups, specifically addressing the challenges facing female entrepreneurs. The programme will fast track your business development and leadership skills.  Your journey of business growth starts with us. Benefits of participating include: Your business development and growth will be accelerated; access to peer […]

November 18, 2015

Demystifying the Dark Art of Funding

“One of the biggest challenges for female entrepreneurs at early-stage business is access to funding, with men 70% more likely to gain access to funding than women”. DCU Ryan Academy, in partnership with Global Invest Her, aims to demystify the process and help Irish women entrepreneurs become investor ready and get funded faster. This event […]

November 9, 2015

Hackthon brings together youth from Ireland and the US

Over 120 participants from Ireland, Northern Ireland and the United States took part a social entrepreneurship hackathon this weekend at DCU’s Ryan Academy organised in partnership with the U.S. Embassy, and sponsored by Intel, IBM, Kerry Group and Pepsico. The inaugural event formed part of the Embassy’s Creative Minds series which aims to spark new […]

October 23, 2015

Ryan Academy & Startup Europe bring 13 European startups to Web Summit

Web Summit, the biggest tech conference in Europe, takes place in Dublin, November 3rd – 5th and DCU Ryan Academy and Startup Europe will be there with 13 high potential startups from 5 ecosystems (Berlin, Dublin, Madrid, Milan and Salamanca). These startups will be attending it thanks to the Startup Europe initiative, through the Welcome […]

October 1, 2015

Propeller and UStart company of the year 2015

Three start-up enterprises were awarded prestigious titles at a pitching session in DCU’s Ryan Academy earlier today. The event, sponsored by Grant Thornton, marked the culmination of the Propeller accelerator and UStart programmes which support early-stage start-ups and student entrepreneurs develop their businesses. Congratulations to Theo Lynn, Associate Dean Industry Engagement and Innovation in DCU, […]

August 17, 2015

Two Irish Startups win trip to Silicon Valley and European roadshows

Two startups have won a trip to Silicon Valley and a European Roadshow in a competition organised by Welcome and DCU Ryan Academy. Artomatix and Fonesense will fly to Silicon Valley for a 3 week immersion programme at the Mind the Bridge Startup School in San Francisco in September. They will be joined by 6 […]

August 4, 2015

Standard Access and Scriba win top prize at Europass Pitching Competition

Two startups have won top prizes at a Europass Pitching Competition organised by DCU Ryan Academy as part of the European ‘Welcome’ project. Damian Browne from Standard Access and David Craig from Dublin Design Studio were each awarded a place on Welcome’s Europass programme. Both startups will attend 2 top European Tech Conferences, funded by […]

July 15, 2015

Tan Organic and Theya Lingerie scoop top awards at DCU Ryan Academy investor pitch

Two female-led enterprises have won top prizes at an investor pitching session in DCU’s Ryan Academy. The event marked the culmination of Female High Fliers, a 13-week long accelerator programme which supports female entrepreneurs develop key business skills and grow their business. Winners were chosen by a network of investors and mentors in attendance. Noelle […]

June 19, 2015

WELCOME to recruit Irish startups for its Silicon Valley and European roadshows

Closing date for entry Tuesday 30th June WELCOME, in collaboration with the DCU Ryan Academy, is looking to recruit two tech-focused Irish startups to travel to Silicon Valley and take part in an EU roadshow, giving them an opportunity to meet investors, corporates and international media. The Irish startups will join their European counterparts and […]