We are interested in early and growth stage companies who have a beta version of their technology. There are two phases to the programme; Selection and mentoring.
As a successful short-listed applicant, you must attend the following in Dublin:
A ‘speed dating’ event to network with key financial services and technology executives and an opportunity to discuss your business proposition. This will validate best fit for entrance to the programme.
Coaching from senior Accenture executives on pitch development to prepare for the Dragons Den event to pitch your proposition to the senior executives of participating banks and technology companies. Attend the Dragons Den. Emerging from this event a shortlist of 6 finalists will be selected to participate on the programme.
The programme consists of a twelve week incubation period. You will develop and road-test your propositions under the guidance of the mentors who will assist you in developing your product for real world application. They will help you fine-tune your proposition or technologies and business strategy through a series of workshops, panel discussions, user-group sessions, pitch preparation, networking opportunities, one-on-one meetings and presentations. As a finalist, you will be assigned mentors that are best matched to your business proposition.
The FinTech Innovation Lab Dublin Programme offers you, as a finalist, the chance to attend two Investor Day presentations, one in Dublin and one in London, where you will pitch your product to an audience of venture capitalists and financial industry executives.
When I took up the role I commented on the need to create more excitement and energy around Dublin’s start-up scene. The FinTech Innovation Lab is exactly the kind of initiative I had in mind and it’s fantastic to see one of the country’s leading multinationals creating a forum to bring together entrepreneurs, private industry and Government. It’s only through this type of joint approach that we will be able to create a reputation for Dublin as a great start-up city.
Dublin’s first Commissioner for Startups, Niamh Bushnell