Technological University Dublin
Hothouse Incubation Centre
Since 1991, Hothouse has served the needs of Ireland’s emerging entrepreneurs, establishing itself as a leading startup incubator. Notable alumni include Movidius, Mick’s Garage, Smarter Surfaces, Boards.ie, Artomatix and Locatible.
Based in the Greenway Hub in Grangegorman, a short walk from Dublin’s Smithfield area, Hothouse’s newly opened, €21 million incubator offers training space, hotdesks, own-door offices and state-of-the-art labs. The wider Grangegorman site will be TU Dublin’s new central campus and, following a 10-year redevelopment, will fully open in 2021. In total, it will host 30,000 students, cost €1 billion and span 75 acres of Dublin city centre.
Since 2012, over 183 companies have completed New Frontiers Phase 2 at Hothouse. These total over 620 jobs, an estimated €33 million in revenue and €25.5 million in equity investment raised. Many have gone on to achieve further high-profile success – achieving Enterprise Ireland HPSU status, or being awarded Competitive Start Fund (CSF) or Horizon 2020 funding. Others have won prestigious global awards from top firms such as Nvidia, PwC & William Fry.
What does Hothouse offer?
Flexible office units from 15m² to 500m². Industrial and warehouse units between 400m² and 500m² are also available for lease. Meeting rooms cater for groups of up to 100 people.
Research facilities include the Focas Research Institute and the Environmental Sustainability & Health Institute (ESHI).
Fibre connections to both the COLT Telecom and BT networks.
Entrepreneurs benefit from 24/7 access, free car parking, security and an on-site caretaker, secretarial services and coffee shop.
The Hothouse team
The New Frontiers Programme Manager at TU Dublin – City Campus – is Gavin Davidson. Gavin previously worked as an advisor at UK Trade & Investment Ireland, where he assisted UK businesses grow and export, as well as promoting UK PLCs in Ireland. Before that, he worked in the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland, the Irish Exporters’ Association and Forfás in business policy and support functions. Each role has given him extensive exposure to individuals, firms and sectors – both in Ireland and internationally. Gavin holds a BA Double Honours (International) degree in Economics and German, and a Higher Diploma in Finance – both from NUI Maynooth.
New Frontiers Programme Manager
01 402 5327
01 402 5328
Incubation Centre Manager
01 402 5330
New Frontiers at DIT Hothouse provided a structured and safe environment for us to develop, test and challenge our value proposition. This gave us the platform to launch our services internationally.
Michael O’Dwyer, Evolution Environmental Services Ltd
When I started, it was just myself and an idea. By the time the programme finished I had a co-founder, a team and a legally incorporated company. One year later, we've raised $350k in funding, won multiple awards, built our first product and we're gaining serious customer traction.
Eric Risser, Artomatix
Coming from a multinational environment, New Frontiers at DIT Hothouse really helped us in accessing the startup community. The programme also forced us to rethink the basic building blocks that are the foundation of every successful business!
Adrian Walsh, Checkventory
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Still not ready to apply? We have some useful links that might help:
- the Hothouse website
- more information about the New Frontiers programme
- see our Frequently Asked Questions
- check out our 10 tips for entrepreneurs thinking of applying to New Frontiers