NovaUCD entrepreneurship programme kicks off

28 Apr 2010

Sixteen new high-tech and knowledge-intensive business ventures have joined NovaUCD’s 2010 entrepreneurship programme.

The new ventures and individuals participating on this year’s programme are commercialising research undertaken throughout University College Dublin (UCD), including research in the Schools of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine; Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering; Medicine and Medical Science and in UCD’s National Folklore Collection, Innovation Research Unit and Urban Institute of Ireland.

About the CCDP

The NovaUCD 2010 Campus Company Development Programme (CCDP), which has just started, assists academic and research entrepreneurs at University College Dublin (UCD) in bringing their innovative ideas from intellectual concepts to fully developed and sound commercial businesses.

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Now in its fifteenth year, 156 new ventures and 235 individuals have completed this programme which is supported by Enterprise Ireland. Former participants now collectively employ more than 750 people and companies such as BiancaMed, Celtic Catalysts, Equinome RendezVu and TopChem have previously taken part.

The CCDP is a nine-month, part-time programme designed to suit the busy timetable of researchers and academics. It offers a mix of monthly workshops, mentoring and one-to-one consultancy.

Participants on the programme have the opportunity to access NovaUCD’s desk space and incubation facilities and associated innovation services. 

Examples of new ventures participating in the CCPD 

Cypro Laboratories is developing technology to identify cybercrime on large internet networks. It offers this software-as-a-service to parties affected by these cybercrimes, resulting in real-time analyses of the scale and distribution of their problem on the internet.

Restored Hearing is a web-based venture which offers a unique online and tailored, minute-long therapy sessions for individuals who suffer from temporary tinnitus.

SustainableMeter is developing technology to provide a real-time web-enabled water flow information system to domestic and industrial water users.

Tetra Materials aims to produce multi-scale tools (centimetre size tools with micro-scale and nano-scale features) from a new family of metals called metallic glasses which will be used in manufacturing high-value polymer and soft metal components.

Photo: (Left to right) Rhona Togher, an undergraduate student in UCD’s School of Physics, Anthony Carolan and Eimear O’Carroll, co-founders of Restored Hearing, a participant on the NovaUCD 2010 Campus Company Development Programme.

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