Dundalk IT

Regional Development Centre

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The RDC (Regional Development Centre) in Dundalk and Invent DCU in Dublin 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.

Established in 1989 by Dundalk Institute of Technology, the Regional Development Centre is the Institute’s Innovation Support and Technology Transfer organisation. It is a state of the art business incubator, located in the heart of the strategic corridor between Dublin and Belfast. With its satellite facility, Millmount Development Centre in Drogheda (Co. Louth), the RDC provides an enabling ecosystem of knowledge, support and networks for its client companies.

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Entrepreneurs Assisted
applied research projects
Companies Incubated

What does the RDC offer?

20 office units in the RDC and six in Millmount Development Centre (each accommodating 6 – 12 people), a hot-desk area for up to 12 people, training rooms, boardrooms, meeting rooms, video conferencing, social area and café.

Research areas: ICT, health and ageing, energy and the environment, creative arts. Emerging research areas: entrepreneurship, humanities and social sciences.

A range of support programmes including: the ideas foundry programme, incubation support programme, virtual incubation and technology transfer supports.

Free topical workshops and group events. Access to an extensive network and Expert in Residence panel.


The RDC team

The New Frontiers Programme Manager at Dundalk IT 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.


Garrett Duffy

New Frontiers Programme Manager

042 937 0427

Aidan Browne New Frontiers

Aidan Browne

RDC Incubation Centre Manager

042 937 0400

Maria Johnston New Frontiers

Maria Johnston

Operations & Enterprise Development Manager
Invent DCU

01 700 7597

Some of our previous participants

  • Clive Friary, ePublish – digital publishing
  • Jimmy Gargan, Pure Heat – IR heat panels
  • Shane Brett, Gecko – consultant management 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 the RDC

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