Aspiring tech graduates wanted for pan-European start-up project


European-wide search for aspiring-tech entrepreneurs begins

 The University College Cork (UCC) launch of the EU-XCEL European Virtual Accelerator on April 15th marked the start of a European-wide recruitment campaign seeking out talented aspiring entrepreneurs in the field of information and communication technology (ICT). This hunt for tech-savvy graduates offers the opportunity to participate in an innovative virtual accelerator programme, focused on finding entrepreneurs who are ready to operate in a business ‘incubator’ environment.

“Our mission is to provide the optimum virtual and physical platforms to enable aspiring ICT tech entrepreneurs to flourish and become incubator ready after our international five month acceleration programme,” said programme Director, Dr Brian O’Flaherty.

Successful applicants from across Europe will participate as part of newly formed international start-up teams alongside some of the most promising and talented tech entrepreneurs in 5-month intensive, specially designed entrepreneurship training and mentoring programmes.

Successful applicants to the European Virtual-Accelerator programme will receive:

1: A week-long training and mentoring ‘start-up scrum’ in one of six countries – Ireland, Germany, Spain, Greece, Poland and Denmark.

2: Access to a bespoke virtual accelerator of supports to assist teams develop and refine their start-up idea

3: The opportunity to pitch to and connect with venture capitalists, angel investors and successful tech entrepreneurs in the EU-EXCEL Challenge

In addition, all successful applicants will receive:

  • An opportunity to win a significant financial prize
  • An opportunity to travel to one of six one-week long European start-up scrums with free flights & accommodation
  • Access to peer and mentoring networking/entertainment events
  • An opportunity to become part of an international EU-XCEL team and meet potential co-founders for the new venture
  • Fast-track access to a European accelerator programme

EU-XCEL is a horizon 2020 funded project and part of Start Up Europe.  The wider project partners outside Cork are made up of universities and incubator centres from across the European Union, including Denmark, Germany, Greece, Poland and Spain. “The internationalisation of entrepreneurship is a major component of this programme and the exchange element of the programme will enable cross-fertilisation and the pursuit of new ventures across a number of European countries,” says project director, Dr Joe Bogue of UCC.

For further information, please see or contact Siobhan Bradley, EU-XCEL Project Co-ordinator, Department of Business & Information Systems, UCC on or T: +0035321 490 3404.

For more on opportunities in the tech sector, read gradireland’s sector hub on careers in the IT and tech sector

Register for free entry to Ireland’s only dedicated STEM jobs fair



Take the time today to register for free entry to tomorrow’s GRADchances STEM Fair at the RDS, with top companies with jobs on offer meeting over 1200 registered attendees at the only dedicated graduate STEM recruitment event in Ireland.

This one day event (12-4pm) brings together STEM undergraduates and graduates with employers who are actively recruiting to fill STEM opportunities. This is the must-attend event for all STEM undergraduates, graduates and young professionals.

The GRADchances STEM Fair will feature:

  • The leading graduate employers across all areas of STEM
  • gradireland jobs wall with live graduate jobs
  • A range of professional careers seminars
  • Networking opportunities with leaders in the Irish STEM sector

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) sector is a  cornerstone of Irish economic growth, with jobs across a vast range of disciplines, and its growth means it is constantly seeking graduates with the right skills.

“Whether you’re a science graduate looking for an R&D role, an IT graduate with programming skills, an engineering graduate looking for an electrical role, a mathematics graduate seeking to let your analytical skills shine or anything else in the STEM field, the GRADchances STEM Fair is the perfect event to help create a solid foundation for your career,” says Mark Mitchell, gradireland publisher.

In addition to valuable one to one meetings with some of Ireland’s top companies in this sector, there is also a full programme of seminars on the day to give you the inside track on what employers in the STEM sector are looking for. These include:

The future of STEM in Ireland – advice for STEM graduates: This industry lead panel discussion will feature experts from the areas of STEM who will discuss the future of STEM in Ireland for graduates. Topics that will be covered include:

  • The current demands for graduates of STEM
  • Upskilling options to increase your employability
  • What career opportunities are available in STEM
  • Key recruitment advice for recent STEM graduates?

The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session, if you have any questions to ask you can submit them by tweeting @gradireland using the hashtag #gradSTEM.

Key skills required by tech companies: This industry lead panel discussion will feature experts from the areas of Technology who will give STEM students and graduates an insight into what key skills they must obtain to lead to a successful career within the STEM industry.

Careers in technology: Technology professionals and engineers will talk about their careers, from their new-graduate roles to their current senior positions. Come and ask all your burning questions and get tips for a successful career. They will also reveal what makes a successful first interview and welcomes you to put your skills to practice on the day.

Ericsson: The Network Society: Louise Harvey of Ericsson will provide  an overview on the technology Ericsson has shaped, the technology it is shaping and share with you the benefits and opportunities of a career with Ericsson.