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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.


What’s on 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.


The team

Tom Flanagan New Frontiers at NovaUCD

Tom Flanagan

‎Director of Enterprise and Commercialisation

Michelle Doyle

Engagement Manager

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

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

Notable alumni

  • 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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