Innovations in the technology, food, science and digital spheres dominate the 2016 UStart Student Accelerator Programme announced at DCU Ryan Academy. Ten student start-up companies were successful in their application to win a place on the prestigious UStart Student Accelerator Programme which runs from May 25th to October 5th. The programme, which provides mentoring, expertise and support to student start-ups enables start-ups to progress from concept stage to market prototype.

A number of DCU Business School students secured a place on the programme for 2016:

Effector: Karl O’Brien (MInT 2017), Darren O’Reilly

Effector is a digital marketing agency that helps businesses make an impact online through website development and social media marketing.

PopUp: Cormac Kelly (MInT 2016), Sophia Ellis (MInT 2016)

Pop-Up is a service which connects Irish SMEs who are seeking short-term rental agreements with property owners in possession of suitable vacant commercial/office premises. Sean Molony (BBS 2016), Conor Duffy (BBS 2016), Gareth Jordan (BBS 2016), Ciaran McNamara (BBS 2016), Rashad Al Harazy (BBS 2016). 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.

Tap: Daniel O’Farrell (MInT 2016), Saoirse Allen (MInT 2016), Stephen McSweeney (MInT 2016), Ógie Laoire (MInT 2016)

Tap is an NFC and GPS enabled wristband that allows users to connect with each other at networking and business events.

Hitch: Oisín Hoy (Global Business – Spain 2018), Luke Scales(DCU B.Eng 2015), Shane Carter (BBS 2018)

Hitch connects commuters with drivers who are undertaking the same journey, saving money and time for the commuters and cutting costs for the drivers.

Huddl: Brian O’Rourke (BBS 2014), Sean Byrne, Alan Farrelly

Huddl is an award-winning social transportation network that allows commuters to crowd source their commute.

Slapp: Shane Carter (BBS 2018), Connor Bradshaw (DCU Multimedia 2017)

Slapp is a time-management app aimed at students. Our mission is to make time management easier for students, while empowering marketers with powerful marketing data.

Squeazy Eazy Science: Matthew Hewston (MInT 2019), Fergus Munday (DCU Science Education 2020)

Squeazy Eazy Science is an educational toy company all about making science fun and easy. It is a fun addictive science based challenge.

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