NovaUCD creates 30 new jobs since start of 2010

22 Apr 2010

A total of 30 new high-tech jobs have been created at client companies of UCD’s technology transfer centre NovaUCD since the start of the year, jobs which the centre says are key to the long-term development of Ireland’s smart economy.

The first four months of 2010 have also seen four new start-ups – Cernam, LogScreen, SmartBuilder Software and Tethras – locate at the tech transfer centre.

Tethras, established earlier this year by Brian Farrell and Brendan Clavin, is developing web-based localisation tools for smartphone application developers, and already employs seven people.

Other NovaUCD companies which have taken on new staff include Aonta Technologies, BiancaMed and Enzolve Technologies.

A total of 28 high-tech and knowledge-intensive companies, occupying 39 incubation units, are now based at NovaUCD. These companies employ 170 individuals.

An additional eight entrepreneurs are also based in NovaUCD’s desk space facility, which is available to individuals involved in the design of new ventures generally at the pre-incorporation stage of their development.

Evidence of growing confidence

“The creation of new jobs by these NovaUCD client companies is clearly important for the long term development of Ireland’s smart economy. It is particularly satisfying for us at NovaUCD in that these new jobs are further evidence of the growing confidence that has been evident among our client companies in recent months,” said Dr Pat Frain, director, NovaUCD.

“We are also delighted to welcome our latest company recruits to NovaUCD. These companies are developing innovative products and services and they bring unique expertise and experience to NovaUCD which will make a significant contribution to our community of entrepreneurs,” he added.

Cernam, established in 2008, is a specialist digital investigations company focusing on online investigations. Originally based in NovaUCD’s desk space before moving into an incubation unit, Cernam was founded by Owen O’Connor and is developing solutions for forensically sound online evidence capture and analysis, as well as providing training and consultancy services for a range of clients.

LogScreen, established in 2009 by Karl Schäckermann and Matthias Jacobs, is a managed security solutions provider providing event or activity log management services to SMEs on the basis of business process outsourcing. The company’s core services comprise the integrated collection, processing, correlation, assessment, alerting and trending of security and risk information from IT systems and networks and it also provides log retention and digital forensic services.

SmartBuilder Software, established in 2009 by Richard Mulcahy and Peter Daly, is developing mobile software for use on building and engineering sites and will introduce its first product to market later this year.

Since officially opening in October 2003, more than 50 companies have occupied incubation space at NovaUCD and availed of NovaUCD’s related innovation services.

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