Unifund is an Irish seed fund for students. As the official mentoring partner of the Irish Student Entrepreneurship Forum, Unifund hope to enable and empower the next generation of student startups.
Unifund’s accelerator programme runs for 12 weeks June - August in Dublin, where teams are allocated hot desks in a startup ecosystem, allowing them to work alongside mentors to bridge knowledge gaps. Teams will attend weekly dinners with guest speakers and engage in weekly workshops. Unifund will invest between €5,000 and €25,000.
Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. With a national network of nine regional offices throughout Ireland and access to more than 60 countries worldwide, the organisation works in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales in global markets. In this way, Enterprise Ireland supports sustainable economic growth, regional development and secure employment.
As one of the first supporters of ISEF, and as Ireland’s leading organisation for entrepreneurship, we are delighted to continue this partnership into 2017. Enterprise Ireland is also heavily involved in the country’s student entrepreneurship scene and holds an annual competition for students called the Student Entrepreneur Awards, as well as running a €500,000 Competitive Start Fund for final year students and recent graduates to develop high-potential businesses.
Arthur Cox is a leading Irish commercial law firm with a reputation is based on proven professional skills, a thorough understanding of client requirements, sound judgment and a practical approach to resolving commercial problems. Arthur Cox offers breadth and depth across every facet of corporate and business law and the resources to successfully manage and drive forward transactions on schedule.
With over 350 legal staff and a total headcount of over 700, Arthur Cox provides a comprehensive service to an international client base ranging from multinational organisations, banks and financial institutions and established global leaders to government agencies and new players in emerging industry sectors. At ISEF 2017’s careers fair, students will get the chance to interact with representatives from Arthur Cox
to gain an insight into the firm’s career opportunities.
Sherry Fitzgerald is Ireland’s largest, fully diversified property advisory firm servicing the residential and commercial property markets. Sherry FitzGerald was founded in 1982 as a result of the amalgamation of 2 companies – FitzGerald & Partners and Sherry & Sons. Since its foundation, the Sherry FitzGerald Group has grown from a small fledgling company in one location to a nationwide, diversified business operating in 97 different locations.
Sherry FitzGerald Group currently employs 650 people across a diversified residential and commercial property business and remains an Irish privately owned business committed to continuing to lead the marketplace. At ISEF 2017’s careers fair, students will get the chance to interact with representatives from Sherry Fitzgerald to gain an insight into the firm’s career opportunities.
AIB is a leading financial services group operating predominantly in the Republic of Ireland and the UK. By providing a comprehensive range of services to personal, business and corporate customers in its target markets, AIB has major market shares in banking products in the Republic of Ireland. AIB’s business has been restructured in recent years with the aim of becoming a customer focused, profitable and lower risk institution, well positioned to support economic recovery in Ireland.
AIB has teamed up with the Irish Times to launch the AIB Start-up Academy which gives start-ups information and access to industry leaders and mentors so they can be inspired to grow their start-up into a successful business. At ISEF 2017’s careers fair, students will get the chance to meet representatives from AIB to gain an insight into the group’s career opportunities.
As the largest professional services firm in Ireland, PwC offers a broad range of services across audit, tax and advisory. Whether it be keeping track of the numbers, making tax simple or getting help adapting to changing operating environments, PwC has the knowledge and capabilities to help. PwC has expertise of more than 223,000 people from around the world across 157 countries, all of whom are committed to delivering quality and creating value for its clients.
PwC will be taking part in ISEF 2017’s careers fair. As a leading graduate recruiter across the world, this will be a valuable opportunity for students to meet representatives from and gain a greater insight into the firm.
Broadlake Capital is a new age, innovative private equity firm which invests time, energy, expertise and capital into promising companies in order to help them achieve their vision. The company has invested in and successfully helped to grow numerous SME’s, focused on partnering with and complementing the skills and experience of the best entrepreneurs in their field. Broadlake have been a supporter of ISEF since 2014, providing insightful workshops on business and strategic planning to the startups.
Sean O’Sullivan Ventures (SOSV)
SOSV accelerates startups with mentoring and finance. We run unique, high-value accelerator programs that we believe provide stellar value to entrepreneurs, serving and supporting them with deep experience, world-class demo days, and distribution and sales assistance. Through their “best practice” accelerator programs, startups gain immediate access to funding, market knowledge, peer mentoring, networks, and business expertise. SOSV has nearly 60 full-time staff and over 500 mentors around the world, all available to advise in the areas of: executive coaching, design, sourcing, distribution, science, finance, sales, and marketing.
SOSV will be kicking off the 2017 workshop series with a workshop hosted by Alan Clayton focusing on the psychology and mindset required to be a successful entrepreneur. Alan has coached over 50 startups across the world as a roaming mentor, with a lot of his work centered on fully utilizing the intellectual resources of startup founders and teams.
Frontline is an early-stage B2B venture capital ﬁrm powered by people - the ambitious founders they invest in, their strong networks of industry experts, and their own passionate team of ex-operators. Based in Dublin but supporting companies throughout Europe, Frontline bridges the technical and the human, providing both capital and experience to help shorten our founders' learning curves. We strive to unlock the power of collective intelligence through our innovative platform. Frontline has built a wealth of knowledge and content around international expansion, to help startups reduce the friction.
In January, Frontline hosted an insightful workshop with the ISEF team on how to evaluate a startup, ran by Head of Platform, Kim Pham. Kim relayed advice as to what to look for when evaluating early stage startups, and advised the team as to what criteria should be used to identify the most promising companies.
Twitter is a global platform for public self-expression and conversation in real time. By developing a fundamentally new way for people to consume, create, distribute and discover content, Twitter enables any voice to echo around the world instantly and unfiltered. The service can be accessed at Twitter.com, on a variety of mobile devices, and via SMS. Available in more than 35 languages, Twitter has 316 million monthly active users.
Twitter will be hosting the second workshop in the 2017 series, advising the startups as to how they can build their online presence in the digital age.
Drury | Porter Novelli
A local business with global reach, Drury | Porter Novelli is Ireland’s leading full service public relations agency. By embracing new technologies and pushing creative boundaries, Drury | Porter Novelli help their clients to adapt and win in an ever changing world. Areas of expertise also include strategic planning, on and offline brand communications, social and digital media, B2B communications, corporate responsibility, community relations, crisis management, event management, investor relations, internal communications, litigation communications, media relations and training, reputation management, and sponsorship support. By using unique proprietary planning and digital tools such as DruryPN+ and DruryPN Connect, Drury | Porter Novelli’s specialist teams plan and execute powerful integrated campaigns designed to deliver against agreed business objectives.
Drury will be hosting the third workshop in the 2017 series, using their expertise to provide advice and help the startups to improve their public relations and presentation skills.