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

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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 http://euxcel.eu/ or contact Siobhan Bradley, EU-XCEL Project Co-ordinator, Department of Business & Information Systems, UCC on euxcel@ucc.ie 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



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