Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dún Laoghaire (IADT)

Media Cube

IADT Media Cube

IADT’s Media Cube is home to approximately 15 early-stage companies as well as a range of New Frontiers participants, who find the dedicated workspace and networking opportunities available at the Cube hugely beneficial in the formative stages of their venture. We are a lively, success-focused incubator that actively encourages cross-collaboration between our companies and the staff and students on the IADT campus. Many long-term working relationships and friendships have evolved from the Media Cube.

Along with our New Frontiers partners at Hothouse, Technological University of Dublin, we work closely with our client ventures to help them formulate and refine their proposition and navigate the investment options available to support the growth of their start-up. The Media Cube offers multiple opportunities to expand networks: networking events see a range of successful founders, investors and professional advisers sharing their experience and expertise with our client companies.

As its name suggests, IADT – the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dún Laoghaire – focuses its teaching and research on the convergence of creativity, technology and design. That is why Media Cube companies frequently engage interns and graduates to bolster their teams with young people who live and breathe digital technologies. Working through schemes like Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Voucher Programme, our client companies often work with technologists and designers from the Institute who help them ensure that their products and services offer users an exceptional experience that drives adoption.

successful companies
jobs created
million euros in equity

What does the Media Cube 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.


New Frontiers Showcase - Ann Marie, Paul - Snapfix and Fionnghuala
Ian Kiely with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
Convex Lens - Vivid Homes and Barter for Things
Alison Strohr
New Frontiers Showcase Winner Daniel Nugent with Leo Moore and John Larkin from William Fry
Zendra Healthcare
DLR Chambers Awards 2017

The Media Cube team

The New Frontiers Programme at IADT is delivered by Ann Marie Phelan, in conjunction with colleagues from DIT Hothouse. Ann Marie has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. She is a qualified barrister and has worked for many years in commercial law matters in the Irish courts representing a range of commercial organisations, state bodies and individual directors. Her interest in supporting startups arose from her own experience of founding her own company and developing commercial links with the Chinese market.

AM Phelan IADT New Frontiers

Ann Marie Phelan

New Frontiers Programme Manager

01 239 4625

Fionnghuala Ni Neill IADT New Frontiers

Fionnghuala Ní Neill

Media Cube Administrator

01 239 4750

Some of our previous participants

  • Adrian Walsh, Checkventory – inventory control solutions
  • Alison Stroh, Dr Coys – innovation in health foods
  • Sharon Kavanagh-Banks, SOAR – automotive asset recognition software

The latest news from the Media Cube

Safecility raises €110k from ESA and Horizon 2020

Cian O’Flaherty, CEO of the Convex Lens and founder of Safecility, has raised €110k in funding from the European Space Agency and EU Horizon 2020 to develop Safecility – a product designed to cut the cost of maintaining emergency lighting in buildings while upholding the high standards of compliance that are required. Congratulations!

Paul McCarthy and Snapfix close €1.5 million funding round

Snapfix, founded by New Frontiers alumnus Paul McCarthy, has closed a €1.5 million funding round. Snapfix bills itself as “the world’s task management and teamwork platform” with clients in construction, airports, hotels, facilities and property management sectors. The company plans to raise a Series-A investment in 2021 as it seeks to become a billion-dollar business.

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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