Dublin City University

Invent DCU

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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, DCU 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, DCU Invent provides an excellent gateway to the north-east economic corridor. Since 2001, DCU Invent has served the needs of Ireland’s emerging entrepreneurs and has established a reputation for excellence in the enterprise support arena. The incubator 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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Jobs created by current startups

What does Invent DCU offer?

3,000m² of space offering 38 offices, three laboratories, hotdesking, 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 at Dundalk IT is Martina Goss. Martina is a qualified Chartered Accountant with 20 years’ extensive experience in advising, supporting and developing companies in the SME sector. She has held senior finance roles in companies in a wide range of industries and is passionate about business development and growth. Martina is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland, and has also been awarded their professional qualification in Strategic Finance & Business Analytics.

Martina Goss Dundalk New Frontiers Programme

Martina Goss

New Frontiers Programme Manager

042 937 0481


Garrett Duffy

RDC Incubation Centre Manager

042 937 0427

Maria Johnston New Frontiers

Maria Johnston

Operations & Enterprise Development Manager
Invent DCU

01 700 7597

Some of our previous participants

  • Shane Brett, Gecko – fintech governance software
  • Jimmy Gargan, Pure Heat – IR heat panels
  • Adrienne McArdle, Heat Hero – heating solution
  • Shane McAvinchey, Irish Dance Pro – dance products
  • David Duignan, RecEasy – account reconciliation 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

The latest news from Invent DCU

Seedcorn finalists, Superwheel

Congratulations to Simon Chan of Superwheel who has been shortlisted for the InterTradeIreland Seedcorn competition. Simon is a graduate of the New Frontiers class of 2017 and will officially launch his product on July 17th in the RDC!

Gecko Governance to raise $20m through initial coin offering

Gecko Governance, founded by Shane Brett, is looking to raise $20 million (€17.7m) via an initial coin offering (ICO), with funds raised to be used to develop a new global compliance solution. Read more on irishtimes.com.

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

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