DCU ALPHA has announced plans to support 100 companies and 800 jobs over the next three years with a focus on Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, has unveiled details of the next phase of development for DCU ALPHA (formerly DCU Innovation Campus).
DCU Alpha is an innovation cluster which has become home to more than 30 companies and 350 high-tech jobs since its establishment in late 2013, following the transfer of the old Enterprise Ireland site in Glasnevin, North Dublin, to Dublin City University under the 2013 Action Plan for Jobs.
The office, laboratory and industrial research facility in DCU Alpha has evolved into a group of innovative companies actively bridging the digital and physical divide, with new IoT technologies.
DCU Alpha now plans to grow to 100 companies and 800 jobs over the next three years under its new brand identity, which is double the amount envisaged under the 2013 Action Plan for Jobs.
The first expansions under the new identity are the significant 30 new jobs announcement and R&D facility by Neosfar, an innovative Irish IoT company and the confirmation by Indian software multinational, NIIT Ltd, that its new ‘European Delivery Centre’ will be located at DCU Alpha.
The Alpha location has become a hot bed of next generation technologies over the last two years. The tenant and partner line-up features a mix of companies supported by the Department of Jobs - Enterprise Ireland-backed high potential start-ups, successful indigenous tech SMEs and IDA supported multinationals across a variety of sectors including cleantech, wearable sensors, connected health, industrial automation and machine-to-machine communications.
Speaking at the launch, Minister Bruton TD, said: “Two thirds of all new jobs are created by start-ups in their first five years of existence – that is why as part of the Action Plan for Jobs we are putting place a range of measures to support entrepreneurs. Today’s announcement that DCU Alpha plans to grow to 100 companies and 800 jobs in the next three years is a huge boost for the north side of Dublin, and a great indication of what is possible for start-up companies with access to the right supports”.
Also speaking at the launch, CEO of Neosfar, Mark McCarville added, “We are delighted to announce these highly skilled jobs as we embark on servicing the burgeoning IoT sector from our new base in DCU Alpha. We already know and work with many of the companies based here and that cluster or cross-fertilisation opportunity, coupled with the access to graduate talent and key researchers in DCU, made this location an ideal one from our perspective"
President of DCU Professor Brian MacCraith, highlighting the University’s ongoing commitment to engagement and innovation partnerships with industry stated, “DCU Alpha is rapidly becoming recognised as a cornerstone of DCU’s reputation as Ireland’s University of Enterprise. It has been encouraging to see the high level of engagement by businesses large and small over the last two years as they leverage the research, talent and support of DCU. The next three years are going to be equally as exciting as we look to grow the amount of partner companies from 30 to 100 and continue to expand the number of jobs supported here as well as the number of innovation partnerships between the University and our industry partners.”
About DCU Alpha
DCU Alpha is a nine acre, 200,000 square feet office, laboratory and industrial research facility in Glasnevin, approx. 800m from the main Dublin City University campus. The site was originally established as the Institute for Industrial Research and Standards (IIRS) and was formerly occupied by Enterprise Ireland along with SEAI and NSAI. It is now home to over 30 highly innovative domestic and international companies working on the next generation of technologies that bridge the digital and physical divide (the Internet of Things) across clean tech, machine-to-machine communications, sensor tech, wearables, ICT, Industrial automation and connected hardware.
The tenant line-up includes multinationals Siemens, NIIT, Veolia, Fujitsu and VSP Global, as well as high growth indigenous tech companies such as Shimmer Sensing, Neosfar, Novaerus and Exergyn. DCU Alpha is home to Ireland’s only dedicated hardware hackathon space and will soon be home to TechShop – the world’s foremost commercial ‘makerspace' and rapid prototyping facility.
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