TU Dublin – City Campus

Hothouse Incubation Centre 

DIT Hothouse TUD

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.

sustainable businesses created
jobs created by supported entrepreneurs
million euros raised in equity investment

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.

Gavin Davidson - New Frontiers programme

Gavin Davidson

New Frontiers Programme Manager

 01 402 5327


Michelle Moloney - New frontiers DIT Hothouse

Michelle Moloney

Project Co-ordinator

01 402 5328


Bernadette O’Reilly

Incubation Centre Manager

01 402 5330

Some of our previous participants

  • Adrian Walsh, Checkventory – field-based asset auditing
  • David Palmer, FenestraPro – Building Information Modelling for architects
  • Eric Risser, Artomatix – art tools to automate digital media creation
  • Mats Forsgren, Clindox – SaaS for clinical trials
  • Patrick Barry, VSWare – school administration platform
  • Ronan Clarke, Smarter Surfaces – high quality whiteboard paints
  • Tony Staunton, Property Gate – property management platform

The latest news from DIT Hothouse

Unitek.AI lends extra help to Flender

Founded by New Frontiers alumnus Martin Brown, data extraction platform developer Unitek.AI has signed a deal with peer-to-peer business lender Flender to automate its data entry operations.

Two New Frontiers participants are The Pitch finalists

Congratulations to New Frontiers alumni, Siobhán Berry (Mummy Cooks) and Dan Nugent (co-founder of Ambr Eyewear), who are among the nine finalists of The Pitch 2019. They will be competing at September’s live event to win a top prize worth up to €100,000! Best of luck!

Have a startup idea? Register your interest in New Frontiers and one of our Programme Managers will be in touch soon!

Further reading

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