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About Invent DCU

Overview from Richard Stokes, Director of Innovation at DCU

By working closely with DCU researchers and industry our goal is to support and encourage the translation of  innovative research, inspired where possible by our industrial partners,  into new or enhanced products and services. We have been helping entrepreneurs and DCU researchers to start new businesses since 2001. The purpose built Invent Centre has 2,800 square metres of incubation space for technology based start-up companies.  A range of early stage and business support services are available to our client companies and to aspiring entrepreneurs, whether DCU staff or from the wider community.

Apart from our in-house Tech Venture training programme in Enterprise Development for DCU researchers, we also work in partnership with Dundalk Institute of Technology to provide mentoring and training opportunities through the New Frontiers Programme as part of our wider commitment to encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship and in line with DCU's strategic objective to contribute to the development of the regional economy.

DCU's strategy is to become known as Ireland's University of Enterprise and to achieve this we  work with our researchers to identify innovations with commercial potential by engaging early on with industrial companies.  Identifying and protecting intellectual property created at DCU, or in partnership with client companies, is an important part of our role. The creation of new intellectual property, whether through patents, copyright or industrial designs, enables our business partners to improve profitability, to enter new markets and to gain competitive advantage. We use our extensive links with industry to help forge business and research partnerships and to market DCU's commercialisation opportunities and research capabilities both nationally and internationally.

The Invent team works closely with DCU's Research Support, Science Foundation Ireland and Enterprise Ireland to promote successful commercialisation of DCU research and to encourage and establish R&D links with industry.

Invent was developed with the support of DCU, AIB and Enterprise Ireland.