University College Dublin Announces €760 million Raised by Companies Supported Through NovaUCD Over the Last 15 Years

Posted in Research on February 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) today announced the results of its latest survey of companies supported through NovaUCD, the University’s Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs, since it opened 15 years ago. UCD has supported over 360 companies and early-stage ventures through the services and supports provided by NovaUCD …” (more)

[AlphaGalileo, 25 February]

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UCD Investing €6.5 million to house 50% more start-up companies

Posted in Research on February 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Last August, UCD announced a €6.5 million development project to expand the capacity of NovaUCD, the University’s Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs, to increase capacity to house early-stage start-ups by over 50%. The project to renovate and extend the facility’s east courtyard commenced in August 2018 and is expected to be completed by summer this year …” (more)

[Shivani Shukla, University Observer, 20 February]

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NUIG start-ups secure €35m in 2018

Posted in Research on January 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway start-ups secured €35m in funding for innovation during 2018. 36 companies based at the university’s Business Innovation Centre now employ 173 people, an increase of 20% since last year …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 12 January]

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Student start-ups: why colleges are encouraging students to be entrepreneurs

Posted in Teaching on May 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dusty university charters tend to be dedicated to lofty ideals such as the advancement of literature, science and art. These days, they seem just as dedicated to the advancement of the next Mark Zuckerberg. Colleges are increasingly offering academic courses in entrepreneurship, start-up workshops and summer programmes for students seeking to start their own companies …” (more)

[Grainne Loughran, Irish Times, 4 May]


UCC president Dr Michael Murphy explains why dropping out of college might be a good idea

Posted in Research on October 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“In fostering an entrepreneurial spirit among students and graduates at University College Cork (UCC), university president Dr Michael Murphy explains why the university is actually encouraging students to drop out and form start-ups …” (more, video)

[Connor McKenna, Silicon Republic, 10 October]

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Nanotech start-up secures €750,000 in seed funding

Posted in Research on November 3rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A research discovery at Trinity College Dublin has led directly to the creation of a start-up company that this morning announces it has secured €750,000 in seed funding …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 3 November]

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WIT leads €2.8m project to boost regional economic development

Posted in Research on August 5th, 2014 by steve

“Ireland and the south-east is set to benefit from a new research project that will boost regional economic development, job creation, new enterprise start-ups, and the commercialisation of research, as well as support the long-term sustainability of the region …” (more)

[Karina Corbett, Business and Leadership, 5 August]

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University of Ulster reveals £240k fund to boost digital content sector

Posted in Research on August 1st, 2014 by steve

“The University of Ulster has launched a new £240,000 seed fund designed to stimulate growth and enhance competitiveness within the digital content sector. The Honeypot seed fund is part of the Honeycomb – Creative Works initiative, a £3.58 million skills and business development programme funded by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Programme …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 1 August]

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Entrepreneurship shortfall targeted by €500,000 graduate fund

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2014 by steve

“Enterprise Ireland has launched a new half-million euro fund to try and encourage graduates to start-up their own business. The EI Competitive Start Fund was launched by jobs minister Richard Bruton today …” (more)

[, 29 May]

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47% rise in number of Irish tech start-ups

Posted in Research on May 1st, 2014 by steve

“A 47% rise in the number of Irish tech company start-ups was recorded in April 2014 compared to the same month last year, according to new figures from …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 1 May]


Irish tech startups may create 1,850 jobs in 3 years; Zero past evidence presented

Posted in Research on February 19th, 2014 by steve

“Irish tech startups may create 1,850 jobs in the coming 3 years according to the Government today. That aspiration may turn into a reality but today in the Irish system of official spin, there is zero evidence presented of performance related to past targets …” (more)

[Michael Hennigan, Finfacts, 19 February]

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Minister Bruton claims 1,850 jobs will be created by high-potential start-ups

Posted in Research on February 19th, 2014 by steve

“Announcing the results of Enterprise Ireland’s 2013 High Potential Start-up (HPSU) Funding programme, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton, TD, predicted 1,850 new jobs will be created over the next three years by 122 HPSUs …” (more)

[Elaine Burke, Silicon Republic, 19 February]

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Trinity College Dublin to establish ‘creative quarter’ for entrepreneurship

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2013 by steve

“Trinity College Dublin has unveiled a new strategy for innovation and entrepreneurship that will see more than 160 start-up companies emerge from the university before the end of 2016 …” (more)

[Pamela Newenham, Irish Times, 28 November]

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TCD to establish ‘creative quarter’ and generate 161 start-ups over three years

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2013 by steve

“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has unveiled a new strategy for entrepreneurship that will see 161 start-ups emerge from the university in the first three years. It will also kick-start a €70m building programme that will result in a creative quarter in Dublin …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 27 November]

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CIT start-ups credited with generating 2,500 jobs over 15 years

Posted in Teaching on November 27th, 2013 by steve

“More than 250 companies have graduated from entrepreneurship programmes at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) since 1998 and between them they have generated 2,500 jobs, it was claimed today …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 27 November]

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Enbio blooms after relocation to NovaUCD

Posted in Research on September 16th, 2013 by steve

“John O’Donoghue, founder of surface technology company Enbio, is candid about the many challenges of getting a tech start-up off the ground …” (more)

[Olive Keogh, Irish Times, 16 September]

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College startups set for major investment event

Posted in Life on March 15th, 2013 by steve

“A number of enterprising college students will host an investment conference next Thursday aimed at getting student companies onto the radar of angel investors …” (more)

[Business Post, 15 March]


Second stage funding a real problem for Irish start-ups

Posted in Research on April 5th, 2012 by steve

“Despite the recent growth in multinational exports, the domestic economy is still flagging badly and the long term health of the country is reliant on our homegrown businesses and the future of today’s fledgling start-ups. Fergal Gallagher spoke to Dr Ciara Leonard, programme manager at NovaUCD …” (more)

[Digital Times, 5 April]

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Boom time for education start-ups

Posted in Teaching on March 25th, 2012 by steve

“Harsh economic realities mean trouble for college leaders. But where administrators perceive an impending crisis, investors increasingly see opportunity …” (more)

[Nick DeSantis, University World News, 25 March]


Universities have a lot to learn about start-ups

Posted in Research on January 27th, 2012 by steve

“Irish business funding for research and university technology transfer offices (TTOs) fails to give Irish start-up companies the support they need when they need it. Instead, TTOs tend to take large chunks of company equity in exchange for funding …” (more)

[Karlin Lillington, Irish Times, 27 January]

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