The aim of the programme is to provide students passionate about entrepreneurship the opportunity to build their own business. We take startups at any stage of development, from just an idea to post prototype phase and provide a platform on which they can develop their concept. We want to empower the startups and allow them to have the tools they need to continue growth themselves after the programme concludes. We’ve invited some of Ireland’s leading entrepreneurs and speakers to facilitate weekly workshops enabling students to turn their ideas into exciting new start-ups. The programme will run for 8 weeks starting starting in Trimester 1, culminating in our annual Dragon’s Den competition where start-ups will have the chance to pitch for initial seed investment.
We have a series of themed workshops planned to give the startups insights and advice on some of the most important topics when starting a business. We want our incubatees to feel like they are on a journey with their business and have tried to reflect that in our themes. Ranging from writing a business plan to customer acquisition, we have covered the most important parts of what it takes to build a successful business. Each of these workshops will have a guest lecturer who will speak about the relevant theme to teach the startups about these fundamental parts of running a startup.
Last year, we welcomed a panel of judges, including Sean Gallagher, one of RTE's Dragons. Congratulations to the winners Uni21, who won the €2000 prize sponsored by Bank of Ireland and Enterprise Ireland. Uni21 is a start-up offering a web app that turns your lecture notes into multiple choice questions, founded by Garreth Byrne and Ashwin Manikandan.
Last year, RITC hosted 52 teams from 52 different universities from Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. The global representation grants a valuable opportunity for like-minded future finance professionals to meet their peers from across the globe. The competition composes of various trading simulations and cases including open outcry, options, liquidity and algorithmic trading. Applicants must have a strong interest in Trading and financial markets and be willing to dedicate time to train for the event.
Congratulations to the students from the UCD Investors & Entrepreneurs Society on their fantastic performance at the Rotman International Trading Competition in Toronto in February, the worlds largest trading competition! They had the opportunity to test their programming and trading skills in a unique 3-day simulated market challenge against students from all over the world. Weeks of preparation paid off with a 34th-place finish, the highest finish for the society so far, including an impressive 3rd place in the quantitative outcry case!Applications Open In September
The Women in Business programme is a unique platform that provides support to aspiring female leaders and professionals from all degree backgrounds through a wide range of events and activities. As a newly formed division within the society, WIB hopes to enable UCD students achieve their personal and professional goals through mentoring, soft skills workshops, social events and networking opportunities – helping them put their best foot forward as they enter the world of work.
Comprising of four workshops which took place on the 20th February, the 27th February, the 2nd April & the 9th April.The workshops were led by Aurelia Attipoe of Bank of America & founder of The Pitch Hub, a company which aims to equip young entrepreneurs in Ghana with soft skills that are needed to build and sustain competitive business.The workshops covered building confidence, commercial awareness, pitching & presentation & business etiquette.
The UCD Investors & Entrepreneurs Society was honoured to welcome Sinéad Burke, Irish writer, academic, influencer, activist and broadcaster, to come speak on Monday 3rd February in UCD Quinn School of Business. Sinéad is a true inspiration to countless young women and men, given her unique voice which she never fails to utilise and her fight to encourage inclusivity and diversity.Sinéad has shown herself to be a powerful force for change, arguing that it no longer makes financial sense for fashion brands to exclude consumers with disabilities through Ted Talks and appearances at the World Economic Forum in Davos to name but a few.
An 8 week FREE introduction to coding programme in partnership with Code First: Girls under the I&E Women in Business Programme. Suitable for complete beginners who don’t have any prior experience with coding & would love to add the skill to their CVs! In the business world of today, no longer are traditional languages such as French & Spanish enough, instead employers are looking for people with language skills such as python!
Breakthrough Bubble is at its core a structured mentorship programme centred around three core area; speakers skills and social. The aim of the programme is provide female students within the university with a forum to hear from successful women, learn important skills and build meaningful connections.
The Speaker Series consists of inviting a range of business leaders to share their stories, give advice and answer any questions which students may have. We try to invite speakers from a wide range of industries, so there should be something for everyone. Events take place throughout the year in both the Belfield campus and the Smurfit Business School in Blackrock. These events are free for members of the society and non-members can sign up at any one of the events. Feel free to contact the society with suggestions of speakers you would like to see, or if you are someone who would like to speak please do get in touch.
Award Winning Inspirational Speaker and Professional Sales Motivator presents LOOOOSERS… An exciting exploration of why so many businesses fail and the sales toolkit you need to stand out above the rest. On the 4th of February, we were joined by Peter Turley as part of our Start-up Accelerator, who discussed what it takes to be a successful business in this ever changing environment.
Bobby Healy started his career writing video games for Nintendo. From there he went on to found and sell a travel software firm - Eland Technologies. He then built up CarTrawler, the world’s largest mobility marketplace for airlines, and led 2 successful LBOs for the business. His newest venture is Manna - a drone food delivery company, partnering with Irish food takeaway platforms. He plans to have drones in the sky in the coming year and believes it is going to revolutionise the industry.
We welcomed Brody Sweeney to come in and to share his entrepreneurial journey. Brody is a serial entrepreneur having founded both O’Briens sandwiches and Camile Thai Takeaway. He has written two books and is now experimenting with “virtual restaurants”.
Pat is a UCD alumnus who founded The Shed Distillery, launched his entrepreneurial career through his flagship product, Gunpowder Gin, and developed his successful Irish brand worldwide. We were inspired to hear about his prosperous journey and his invaluable advice on how to build your own successful business.
Model United Nations is an international debating competition hosted by universities around the world. It is an academic simulation of the real-world debates that occur in the United Nations. Participants are placed in committees and assigned countries to represent where a variety of motions are discussed.
Delegates conduct research before the conference, formulate positions and develop policy proposals that they feel best reflect the country they are representing. While at the conference the format mimics real UN summits where there is a period of formal debate and informal discussions where delegates try to find compromise and put policies forward to be voted on.
Thinking of getting an internship as a 1st year? Unsure of how to write your cover letter or where to apply? Then you’re in luck.The Career mentorship programme was created with the objective of helping students explore various career paths available, as well as preparing them for various recruitment processes. Successful applicants will be matched with a mentor who, in turn, will offer advice and insight in their chosen field. Mentors include individuals from McKinsey & Company, Avalon and Goldman Sachs. Members applying for internship mentorship will be matched with students who have gone through similar programmes. Applicants will be matched based on their CV and expressed Interests.Registration Starts in September 2021
The Student Managed Fund (SMF), is a fantastic opportunity for those interested in Global Markets, Asset Management as well as a great networking opportunity. With 20,000 Euro in Assets Under Management (AUM) the fund seeks to find value in US and European Equities. Every year we recruit analysts who perform research and detailed analysis across 6 Sectors. For more info and how to apply check out our dedicated portal!
The Investors & Entrepreneurs Society is the only way to play poker at University College Dublin. Students of all skill levels come each week for refreshments and to try their luck at the weekly pot. Knocked out early? This year you can re-buy into the tournament or enter a mini tournament to keep the fun going. So keep an eye out for our social media posts and emails to join us next time.
Updates will be provided in due course as to what format Poker will take in 2021/22 - please keep an eye out on our socials and our emails over the coming weeks for more details.