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Invent DCU and the RDC (Regional Development Centre) in Dundalk jointly deliver the New Frontiers programme in the Border mid-east region. This partnership between Dundalk Institute of Technology and Dublin City University means that New Frontiers participants have access to the expertise, facilities and resources of both locations.

Located on the main Dublin City University campus, Invent’s experienced team provide enterprise development programmes; access to research & development expertise, business counselling, mentoring and networking. This support along with incubation space and excellent facilities is all part of a comprehensive package enabling entrepreneurs to start and scale global businesses.

Strategically located in north Dublin, with excellent proximity to the M50 and M1 motorways, Invent provides an excellent gateway to the north-east economic corridor. Since 2001, Invent DCU has served the needs of Ireland’s emerging entrepreneurs and has established a reputation for excellence in the enterprise support arena. Invent is currently home to 28 knowledge-based start-ups at all stages of development – from concept stage to completing their first customer orders – many of which are already trading internationally.

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What does Invent DCU offer?

3,000m² of space offering 38 offices, three laboratories, hotdesks, reception area and café, meeting rooms, boardrooms, seminar room and video conference suite – along with high speed broadband throughout.

Access to DCU research expertise, which includes data analytics, digital content, software, networks and communications, cloud computing, advanced processing technology, photonics, sensors, water, food for health, neurotherapeutics and biotechnology.

Business development support: enterprise training, mentoring and networking, varied programme of seminars and workshops, dedicated and experienced team.

Access to specialist facilities, equipment & testing such as the Nano-bioanalytical Research Facility.


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The Invent DCU team

The New Frontiers Programme Manager for Dundalk and DCU is Garrett Duffy. An Electronic Engineering graduate, with an honours degree in Business Studies and a Masters in Leadership and Strategy, Garrett has held management and senior engineering roles in a number of multinationals and also ran his own engineering contracting business. He has been with the RDC since 2007, supporting over 300 technology start-up entrepreneurs. He set up and manages Student Enterprise@DkIT, to encourage students to consider enterprise and business ownership as a career option.


Garrett Duffy

New Frontiers Programme Manager

042 937 0427

Maria Johnston New Frontiers

Maria Johnston

Operations & Enterprise Development Manager
Invent DCU

01 700 7597

Aidan Browne New Frontiers

Aidan Browne

Incubation Centre Manager RDC at DkIT

042 937 0400

Some of our previous participants

  • Clive Friary, ePublish – digital publishing
  • Jimmy Gargan, Pure Heat – IR heat panels
  • Shane Brett, Gecko – consultant management software
  • Susanne McCorry, Galibier – technical bike wear
  • Edward McElroy, Social Arcade – gaming
  • Yvonne Brady, EVB Sports – sports apparel
  • Gerard Kiely, Mentor Pitch – SaaS mentorship management

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