Three start-up companies headed by students at DCU have been chosen to take part in an accelerator programme in Silicon Valley.

Notehome, Cent for Change and Agile Payments will join 18 other student start-ups from around the world at the Intel Technology To Market Accelerator, which runs at the University of California in Berkeley.

The programme aims to give young entrepreneurs the skills needed to turn their start-ups into successful businesses.

The students involved will spend three days training in Silicon Valley, culminating in a ‘demo day’ that will see them pitch to business angel and venture capital investors.

The three DCU start-ups came through the university's UStart programme, which is designed to encourage students to become entrepreneurs.

Intel said the three were chosen for the accelerator programme because of the disruptive and scalable nature of their ideas.

Notehome offers an online communication and payment platform for schools, making it easier for parents to interact digitally.

Cent for Change provides a simple method for online banking customers to donate their spare cents to a charity.

Agile Payments works in the cashless transaction area and aims to improve an improved system and better user experience.