GradHow wins inaugural UCD Start-Up Stars Programme

Pictured: Stephen Duffy, Alan John Browne and Ben Chadwick, GradHow



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29 June 2015 | 0

GradHow, an online platform for connecting employers with third level students, has won the inaugural UCD Startup Stars programme.

The venture was founded earlier this year by Commerce students Ben Chadwick, Alan John Browne and Commerce (International) student Stephen Duffy.

UCD Startup Stars has been developed by NovaUCD and the UCD Innovation Academy to provide a framework, and support programme, for UCD undergraduate students who want to work together to build start-up companies.

The programme began with cross-disciplinary workshops delivered over a three-month period as part of the UCD Innovation Academy’s Creative Thinking and Entrepreneurial Endeavour modules. During these modules students from across the university learned creative thinking, teamwork, design thinking and lean business skills.

Following pitches at the end of the modules, six early stage student ventures were selected to participate in an intensive mentoring programme which took place over four-weeks, featuring taught content from industry experts, interactive workshops, regular pitching sessions and mentoring.

In addition each team also received a cash stipend and office space.

Following final pitches GradHow was selected as the overall winner as it was judged to have the most commercial potential and the founders received a cash prize of €3,000.

Five runners-up received a cash prize of €500.
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