Pedal to the mettle: Exiting the start-up accelerator

What exactly does it take to emerge from an accelerator programme?

18th December, 2016
At the NDRC in Dublin, start-ups are seeking not just funding, but experience too Picture: Barry Cronin

The noisy sound of the practice pitches subsides. A hush falls over the founders of the 11 start-up companies gathered in the high-vaulted ceiling room known as the Annex, at the National Digital Research Centre (NDRC) accelerator in Dublin.

After three months as part of the NDRC’s accelerator programme Launchpad, last June the fledgling firms were practising for their last pitch. The next day, they would look investors in the face for the first time in...

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