University College Dublin (UCD)


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NovaUCD is Ireland’s leading innovation hub, with a strong reputation and a proven track record in assisting startups to grow and scale internationally. NovaUCD is currently home to over 80 high-tech startups at all stages of development. Over 400 companies and early-stage startups have been supported through NovaUCD. Between them, these companies currently support over 1,040 jobs directly, have an annual turnover in excess of €113 million and have raised over €775 million in equity funding.

NovaUCD has 2,225m² of licensable space and a wide range of flexible occupancy options are provided to entrepreneurs including co-working space, offices and labs (bio-incubation units). NovaUCD’s highly networked community of entrepreneurs provides an environment for promoters of new ventures to share their experiences to assist other start-ups to develop and grow. This innovative and entrepreneurial community along with the NovaUCD network creates invaluable support for client companies. There is a comprehensive programme of events, workshops and seminars provided by key influencers and experts from the startup ecosystem.

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companies and new ventures supported
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What does NovaUCD offer?

Business units, laboratories and co-working space; boardroom and meeting rooms; on-site cafe;  and access to UCD sports facilities. 15 mins from the city centre.

Introductions to private investors and VCs; access to business partners and mentors; advice on finance and tax, intellectual property, grants and funding opportunities; flexible terms to enable startup growth.

Events, workshops and seminars provided by key influencers and experts from the startup ecosystem. Networking and knowledge sharing with like-minded entrepreneurs.

Access UCD student talent through UCD Internship programmes. Collaborative opportunities with world-class UCD researchers and R&D facilities on-campus.


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The NovaUCD team

Tom Flanagan New Frontiers at NovaUCD

Tom Flanagan

‎Director of Enterprise and Commercialisation

Michelle Doyle

Engagement Manager

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 NovaUCD

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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