Tuesday, 6 November 2012

SWEQUITY II Kick's off Today

Eight new tech startups identified in NDRC’s Swequity Exchange
‘Sweat for Equity’ programme unites business ideas with expert back-up

‘Linking Learning’ named as Most Promising StartUp

In the culmination of NDRC’s innovative new Swequity Exchange programme, the ‘sweat for equity’ teams behind eight highly promising new business ideas today pitched their concepts competitively in front of an adjudication panel, their mentors and other teams.

Linking Learning was selected as the most promising project to emerge from the Swequity line-up. It is an online curriculum planning service that allows primary school teachers to share, in real time, the learning objectives that they are covering in class and associated tips for learning, with the parents of their students.

However all of the eight tech startups have considerable merit and will continue to receive mentoring support through NDRC’s Inventorium programme.

Today Swequity II starts in Dublin 

Agenda – Tuesday 6th Nov
09.00-09.30 - Introduction (All)
Welcome and Mark Kearns (NDRC) outlines programme structure, what to expect  

09.30-11.45 – Idea and Team Member Pitches
Idea owners do live 2 min pitch, including team gap requirements, followed by 1 min Q&A.
Individuals note own preferences and vote using audience response system.
Top 10 ideas chosen based on the system ranking.
Idea owners who are unsuccessful may join the team member pool.

11.45-13.30- Networking – Lunch (12.30)
Informal speed-dating get to know the idea owner session

13.30-15.30 - Team Formation
Idea owners and skilled individuals form teams

15.30-17.30 – Team Building Workshop
Dyfan Searell (CAST) facilitates some team building exercises with fully-formed teams