DCU Alpha to support 100 companies

Business | Wed 9 Dec | Author – Business & Finance

DCU Alpha, previously known as DCU Innovation Campus, has announced its plans to support 100 companies throughout the next three years, with a focus on Internet of Things (IoT) technology.

Since being established in 2013, the DCU innovation cluster has become home to more than 30 companies and 350 jobs in Glasnevin.

Neosfar, an Irish start-up, has announced 30 new jobs at the facility and Indian software multinational NIIT has also announced that its new European delivery centre will be located at DCU Alpha.

Mark McCarville, CEO, Neosfar, commented: “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. 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.”

Spanish Lalla, president, corporate learning group, NIIT, said: “Europe is an important market for us and Ireland was our country of choice for our European delivery centre. As soon as we engaged with DCU, we knew that Alpha was the right location in terms of its culture of innovation and the nearby access to key research centres and the availability of creative and technical talent in the main university.”

Professor Brian MacCraith, president, DCU, added: “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.”