Seven start-ups make final cut for Techstars’ Startup Next pre-accelerator

6 Nov 2015

Over the next six weeks these teams will get lectures from top speakers and 1-to-1 mentorship to grow and scale their tech start-up

Seven start-up teams from Dublin have made the final cut for the Techstars Startup Next pre-accelerator. Startup Next takes place over a six-week period (one day per week), finishing with a demo day on 10 December.

Startup Next is a pre-accelerator designed by Techstars and supported by Google for Entrepreneurs and Bank of Ireland that is aimed at getting tech start-ups ready for accelerators and seed stage investment.

Techstars is a mentorship-driven start-up accelerator founded by David Cohen, Brad Feld, David Brown and Jared Polis that holds 13-week programmes for start-ups in Boulder, New York, Boston, Seattle, San Antonio, Austin, Chicago and London.

Startup Next is organised by local start-up community members Gene Murphy, Tracy Keogh and Nubi Kay.

“Startup Next gives our teams a really intensive six-week programme with key speakers, top mentors and access to a great network in order to push their start-up ideas and get them fighting fit to start scaling up,” Murphy said.

This is the second year of Start-up Next in Ireland. The second cohort at Start-up Next for 2015 includes:

Courtsdesk: a legal news and data service, an information and analytics platform that allows users to access the entire legal system for the first time.

Effy: takes the hassle out of employee scheduling. Now, managers have more control, employees have more access and everyone saves time.

Squelo: a talent network for millennials, helping today’s generation stand out. It combines profile and portfolio to help users better showcase their work & achievements.

FriendShipIt: enables sharing online shipment fees between users with geographic proximity.

LiveDuel: work with sports media companies to gamify their content.

Buymie: a mobile app for on-demand groceries.

WeSavvy: helps insurance policyholders earn cash back on their insurance premium when they run, walk or cycle.

Over the next six weeks these teams will get lectures from top speakers and one-to-one mentorship to grow and scale their tech start-up.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years