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DateFriday, October 03, 2014

DSA Startups Join Launchpad

Digital Skills Academy Startups After, Tradeflow and Planet Verify Join NDRC Launchpad with €20k Pre-Seed Investment


141003 Digital Skills Academy Paul Dunne.pngThe Digital Skills Academy has announched that three of it's latest startups from its digital BSc degree programmes, WebInnovate and WebElevate, have been accepted on to the NDRC's Launchpad programme, each receiving upto €20k in pre-seed funding.



After demystifies death by connecting people to trusted information with online tools to make better decisions. It claims to be a one-stop shop that empowers individuals to make choices, plan, save money, seek out personalised options, and find green and eco-friendly funeral services.


TradeFlow aims to drive down the costs incurred by banks and trading institutions as a result of delays in settling trades,  bringing increased clarity and efficiency to trade processing and operations.


Planet Verify provides users with a verified identity profile on their phone. This easy to use application can be used in both online and offline interactions. Other features include secure storage and encrypted transfer of official documents.



NDRC is an early stage investor in innovation, making ventures happen by investing in start-ups and improving the environment in which ventures can grow. Its intensive three-month LaunchPad programme is designed to transform new tech concepts into commercially viable start-ups suitable for next-stage investment-fuelled growth. NDRC CEO Ben Hurley commented; “We were particularly delighted not just with the high number of applications for the programme this time, but the quality of what was pitched to us. We believe this indicates a general improvement in the ecosystem, with more people with promising talent developed through innovative new degree programmes such as that offered by Digital Skills Academy.”



Digital Skills Academy is currently recruiting for its ten-month, part-time BSc Honours Degree, WebInnovate programme which it claims is unique in providing project-based industry work placements where participants develop mobile and web products and services, and digital marketing campaigns for partner companies. It also provides opportunities to generate, develop, prototype and test digital product and service innovations within ‘Start-Up’ units.



Now in its fourth year, Paul Dunne, CEO Digital Skills Academy claims the course has been extremely successful in returning participants to work with almost 75% of graduates returning to the workplace within four months of completion.


He said; “The success achieved by graduates of our digital degree programmes is testament to the industry focus we take. Our industry work placement and digital entrepreneurship modules ensure that we have the highest level of graduates that are industry ready. Our aim for budding entrepreneurs on WebInnovate and WebElevate is to bring them successfully to the gates of investors such as NDRC."


Dunne concluded; "The fact that three of our graduates are successfully leading start-up companies as part of NDRC LaunchPad is really fantastic encouragement to our next class of participants and to our industry experts who coach them.”







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