Dublin City University
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.
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.
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.
New Frontiers Programme Manager
042 937 0427
Operations & Enterprise Development Manager
01 700 7597
Incubation Centre Manager RDC at DkIT
042 937 0400
The New frontiers Programme was critical in my decision to pursue this path, as it provided the external assessment and direction my idea needed to become a business. It gave me confidence in the idea; that it was a good business proposal and that I could make it as an entrepreneur.
Padraig Doolan, Beat Your Manager
There were a number of elements which were invaluable to me. The stipend in particular allowed me to focus on the business full time and to park my consulting work, which was preventing me from pushing ahead aggressively with the new business.
Ronan Lucid, Avemtec Limited
Some of our previous participants
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Still not ready to apply? We have some useful links that might help:
- the Invent DCU 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