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ECIU Startup Discovery Journey – launched


September 19, 2017

ECIU Startup Discovery Journey – launched


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What is the programme?

The ECIU’s ‘Startup Discovery Programme’ is a flagship pilot programme that will support student or PhD researcher startup teams, from ECIU member universities, to understand how to innovate, look for new market opportunities, new markets and/or develop their products and propositions.

The programme takes some of the key areas of value-add from traditional startup accelerator programmes and leveraging ECIU member’s best practices for entrepreneurship and innovation while introducing participating startup ventures to the ECIU network and local innovation ecosystems.

This pilot programme will demonstrate the inherent value and expertise, which resides within the ECIU networks at multi- disciplinary and trans-disciplinary levels.

Who is it for?

The programme is for student and post-graduate startup teams from all ECIU member universities – students who display strong entrepreneurial characteristics with innovative and scalable ventures but who are still at an early stage of development.

Ventures can be focused on commercial or social impact and focused on any industry market opportunity. Ideally teams should have a minimal viable product or validated concept and retain the ability to design, build and scale their product or service within their own teams. Participating teams should be nominated by their own University.

What is involved?

The programmes will consist of three two-day workshops with the initial introductory workshop hosted by Dublin City University in Ireland with subsequent workshops and a final ‘Demo Day’ to be hosted by Aalborg University in Denmark and Linköping University in Sweden, respectively.

Programme days will cover all areas of startup development leveraging the local expertise from each host ECIU university. Between each stage startups will have access to online materials and content which will further support their development. We also expect that programme participants will learn from one another as they work together.

The programme will conclude with a ‘Demo Day’ taking place at the Venture Arena event in Norrkoping Sweden on 8th November when one of the teams will win the award of the ‘Best ECIU Startup’ with a prize of €2,000 allowing the team to travel to a top European startup conference of their choice.

Detailed Programme Overview

Stage 1 - Ireland 19th & 20th September 2017 Location: Dublin City University

The first stage of the programme will introduce participating teams to one another, set goals for the programme, followed by workshops on business model innovation how to effectively pitch and understanding the customer journey. Entrepreneur mentors from Dublin will also work with the teams on their ventures.

  • ‍Workshops & mentoring 
  • ‍Social evening with local Dublin startup ecosystem 

Stage 2 - Denmark 10th & 11th October 2017 Location: Aalborg University

Stage 2 will have a much deeper look at the Customer Journey and Sales Strategies & Processes. Mentors from Aalborg University will engage teams on their ventures.

  • ‍Customer Journey 
  • ‍Sales Strategy & Processes

Stage 3 - Sweden 6th, 7th & 8th November 2017 Location: Linköping University

During the final stage of the programme participants will learn about Key Partnerships, Resources & Activities and Selling Skills. The programme will conclude at Venture Arena

  • ‍Workshops
  • ‍ Mentoring 
  • ‍ Programme Finalé at Venture Arena event

Venture Arena – Finalé Event

Norrkoping, Sweden, 8th November 2017

The programme will conclude with a ‘Demo Day’ taking place at the Venture Arena event in Norrkoping Sweden on 8th November when one of the teams will win the award of the ‘Best ECIU Startup’ with a prize of €2,000 allowing the team to travel to a top European startup conference of their choice.

Venture Arena is organised in conjunction with Linköping University, with the aim of stimulating and facilitating the creation of new enterprises and the commercialization of research at the university, and the exchange of knowledge and experience between Linköping University and the surrounding community. For more information, see Venture Arena http://venturearena.se/

Programme Experts & Mentors

The mentors and experts are subject to change depending on the teams selected. 

Dervilla O’Brien
Business Performance Specialist, Sales Trainer
Bo Christensen
Sales + Startups Expert
Gio Fornell
Innovation Expert
Siofra Flood
Startup finance, legal and operational expert
Christian Nielsen
Business Model Design Expert
Jonas Nilsson
Investment Manager
Theo Lynn
Professor of Digital Business, DCU Business School
Pat McDonagh
Founder CBT/Smartforce, Riverdeep, ThirdForce
Joe Hogan
Founder & CTO @ Openet
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Aalborg University

All degree programmes and research activities at Aalborg University are problem and project-based and have an interdisciplinary focus. Through strong interplay between staff and students and intense collaboration with public and private sectors, we Aalborg University offers degree programmes with a real-world approach and provide world-class research. This results in new insights, new solutions to societal challenges and knowledge that changes the world.

Linköping University

Linköping University is a state university in Linköping, Sweden. Linköping University was granted full university status in 1975 and is now one of Sweden's larger academic institutions.

Dublin City University

Dublin City University (DCU) is a young, ambitious and vibrant university, with a mission ‘to transform lives and societies through education, research, innovation and engagement’. Known as Ireland’s ‘University of Enterprise and Transformation’, DCU is committed to the development of talent, and the discovery and translation of knowledge that advances society and the economy. The university is based on three academic campuses in the Glasnevin-Drumcondra region of north Dublin. It currently has more than 18,000 students enrolled across its five faculties – Science and Health, DCU Business School, Computing and Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences and DCU Institute of Education.