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

Media Cube

IADT Media Cube logo

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.

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
Donna Ledwidge Renee OShaughnessy New Frontiers
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 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

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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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