DCU Alpha plans to support 100 companies, 800 jobs

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9 December 2015 | 0

DCU’s Innovation Campus in Glasnevin has been relaunched as DCU Alpha. The revamped innovation cluster consists of a is a nine acre, 200,000 square feet office, laboratory and industrial research facility, approximately 800m from the main DCU campus.

The site, originally established as the Institute for Industrial Research and Standards and was recently occupied by Enterprise Ireland, SEAI and NSAI, is now home to over 30 domestic and international companies working across cleantech, machine-to-machine communications, sensors, wearables, ICT, Industrial automation and connected hardware.

The first expansions under the new brand identity are the announcement of 30 new jobs and the opening of a research and development facility by Irish Internet of Things company Neosfar and the opening of Indian software multinational NIIT’s European delivery centre.

Neosfar CEO Mark McCarville said: “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. We look forward to moving into our custom designed engineering lab and office space over the coming weeks and we are already well progressed in terms of hiring the key staff we need.”

DCU President Prof Brian MacCraith said: “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.”

DCU Alpha’s tenants include 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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