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Hothouse Incubation Centre 

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Since 1991, TU Dublin 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,, 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’s on 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 team

The New Frontiers Programme Manager at TUD – City Campus is Diane Hurley. Diane has been involved in programme and project management for over 20 years, living in countries such as Spain, Japan and Germany. Previously a manager in a global Founder SME network across fifteen cities in Europe, she also supported training across Bahrain, Pakistan, UAE, Israel and the US. Diane has also been a startup founder and completed the Female High Fliers Programme with DCU Ryan Academy.

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Diane Hurley New Frontiers programme manager

Diane Hurley

New Frontiers Programme Manager

Dr Paul Maguire

Dr Paul Maguire

Head of Innovation and Enterprise


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Anne Marie Kelly

TU Dublin Hothouse Administrator

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

Notable alumni

  • 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

Alumni news


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An interview with Aisling Cullen, CEO of Thanks Plants, which produces a range of meatless meat products available across Ireland in Supervalu, Tesco and independent stores. Read on

Positive Carbon puts laser focus on pricey problem of food waste

Aisling Kirwan, co-founder and COO of Positive Carbon: ‘Our device, which sits above the bin, tracks and logs every single new piece of food that’s added to the bin.’ Read more on BusinessPost.

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