IADT’s Media Cube is home to 15 early-stage companies as well as start-up entrepreneurs participating on the New Frontiers programme. The companies and participants find the dedicated workspace and networking opportunities available at the Media Cube hugely beneficial in the formative stages of their ventures. The Media Cube is a lively, success-focused incubator that actively encourages cross-collaboration between companies, staff and students on the IADT campus. Many long-term working relationships and friendships have evolved from these collaborations.
The Media Cube, in collaboration with its New Frontiers partner at NovaUCD, works closely with startup companies to help them formulate and refine their business propositions and navigate the investment options available to support the growth of their ventures. The Media Cube offers multiple opportunities to expand networks. It hosts numerous networking events which see a range of successful founders, investors and professional advisers share their experiences and expertise with client companies.
As its name suggests, IADT (the Institute of Art, Design and Technology) focuses its teaching and research where creativity, technology and design intersect. Media Cube companies frequently engage interns and graduates to bolster their teams with young people who live and breathe creative digital technologies. Working through schemes like Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Voucher Programme, the companies at the Media Cube often work with creative thinkers, technologists and designers who help them ensure that their products and services offer users an exceptional experience.
What’s on offer?
Co-working spaces, offices ranging from 14m², 18m² and 24m² give your startup the opportunity to scale-up from hot-desks to a suite of offices. Coffee Dock for informal meet-ups and a rooftop terrace with stunning views available for photo-calls and summer lunches.
Quarterly meetups with Enterprise Equity, our VC in residence. Six-monthly reviews with outside mentors who offer feedback on progress and advice to occupant companies on their plans for growth and funding applications. Networking events with members of LEO DLR and local business improvement groups.
Access to IADT staff expertise for research and collaborative projects (e.g. Innovation vouchers) and networking events (Annual Graduate Showcase and Recruitment Fairs). Collaboration with the IADT Student Internship programmes. Access to the IADT library and other campus facilities.
On-campus parking. 46A bus route offers a regular and efficient service into central Dublin. Shower facilities are available for clients who cycle to work or squeeze in a run at lunchtime.
The New Frontiers Programme at IADT is delivered by Orla Reynolds, in conjunction with colleagues from NovaUCD. Orla brings her own startup experience to this role; a New Frontiers alumna, she previously founded a design company and commercialised her product internationally. She is passionate about design thinking and being creative and imaginative in problem-solving in order to streamline the execution.
New Frontiers Programme Manager
01 239 4625
Fionnghuala Ní Neill
Media Cube Administrator
01 239 4750
“Media Cube gave us office space, mentorship and a place for us to get to grips with our ideas.”Pierce Dargan, Equine Medirecord
“While at the Cube, we were able to make the most of expertise within IADT, with college teams working with us on UI design and data visualisation. We’ve just sealed a first VC round of $8 Million, and will probably soon be moving to new pastures, but the Cube has been a great place throughout the formative years of our venture.”Vol Pigrukh, Profitero
“I cannot recommend the Media Cube highly enough as an incubator space. It was of immense benefit to us to be among a whole host of startups at various stages. From picking brains, to chats over coffee in the canteen, to a friendly face when sometimes things didn’t go to plan; it is an incredibly inviting, welcoming and nurturing space for any entrepreneur.”Sharon Kavanagh-Banks, Luminosity
“New Frontiers puts you in an environment where you constantly look to improve your own model. You mix with other startups in similar situations and end up both learning from and helping one another. The programme is directly applicable to daily life in a start-up, with mentors and facilitators always on hand to steer you in the right direction when required.”Mike Morrissey, MyDealDoc
“Not only did the Media Cube provide me with great office space and facilities,it also helped me through a crucial stage in the development of my company: relocating to Dublin from France and getting acquainted with the local startup landscape. New Frontiers was instrumental in helping me develop my proposition and secure funding from Enterprise Ireland.”Luca Marchesotti, Beautifeye
- Adrian Walsh, Checkventory – inventory control solutions
- Alison Stroh, Dr Coys – innovation in health foods
- Sharon Kavanagh-Banks, SOAR – automotive asset recognition software