UCD Startup Stars 2015

Six undergraduate start-ups selected for UCD programme

Pictured: Constantine Doherty; Colm Moran; Brendan Cremen, UCD; John Byrne, Prof Suzi Jarvis, UCD Innovation Academy; and Anna O’Flynn

6 May 2015

Six early stage ventures have been selected to take part in a new start-up programme for University College Dublin undergraduate students.

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

Startup Stars 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 13 teams learned creative thinking, teamwork, design thinking and lean business skills. Progression to this stage of the programme was based on a presentation made to a panel of judges.

The six successful teams will be given a cash stipend, office space at NovaUCD, and will participate in a mentoring programme of structured workshops over the next four weeks. This will include taught content from industry experts, regular pitching sessions and opportunities to network with NovaUCD’s community of entrepreneurs.

Among those selected for UCD Startup Stars are Clink the College Link and Sole Sense.

Founded by Anna O’Flynn and John Byrne, Clink is a college course database platform to address the high drop-out rate of first year students. The platform gives a personalised view of courses and their learning style, to help them decide if it is the right course for them.

Sole Sense, founded by Constantine Doherty and Colm Moran, is developing pressure-sensitive insoles for running shoes, that analyse the users technique as they run and will provide real-time, easy-to-read information via an app which can enable the user to prevent injury and improve performance.

Prof Suzi Jarvis, founding director, UCD Innovation Academy, said: “UCD Startup Stars combines the expertise of the Innovation Academy with that of NovaUCD to provide UCD students, who have an appetite for entrepreneurial thinking and creative problem solving, the opportunity to work beyond the confines of their subject areas and develop new solutions to problems they care about.”

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