Tom Flanagan at the UIIN Conference

Presenting at the UIIN conference Tom Flanagan, Centre Director, DIT Hothouse and Dr. Anthony Paul Buckley, Assistant Head, School of Marketing, DIT shared with delegates the impact of 10 years of operation

DIT Hothouse Celebrated 10 Years

The DIT Hothouse Team headed over to the new DIT Grangegorman campus yesterday evening, May 25th to celebrate 10 years of success.

This week, Monday 22nd & Tuesday 23rd May saw, Tom Flanagan DIT Hothouse Centre Director join Lenard Koschwitz Director of European Affairs, Allience for Startups on a panel at the Europran Business Summit discussing "How can Europe foster it's startup and scaleup potential?". The European Business Summit (EBS) is a conference of business leaders and policy makers convened annually by the Confederation of European Business and its Belgian member in Brussels. om called for the European Investment Bank to invest over a longer term than most VCs can manage to enable great startup european companies like Movidius to grow into IPOs rather than be acquired by US multinationals.  Movidius was acquired by Intel for over 300m€ last year.  He also called for more support programmes like the "Welcome" project lead by the Ryan Academy to encourage mobility of entrepreneurs and incubation managers cross borders to stimulate cross border investments and achieve the ambition of the EU as a Single Digital Market.
Tom Flanagan, Centre Director, DIT Hothouse attends the European Business Summit
Tom was also invited to participate on a panel with Dr Borrell-Damin Director Research and Innovation, European University Association discussing "Universities their Role in Economic Development".  Tom spoke of the 1700 jobs created by startup companies supported by DIT Hothouse and called on the commission to develop a platform that pushed inventions coming from the 87B€ H2020 programme to entrepreneurs and business leaders to help them develop new products and  services to gain competitive advantage.

Chinese Ambassador visits Research & Innovation Centre on DIT’s Grangegorman Campus

Chinese Ambassador to Ireland Visits DIT’s Greenway Hub in Grangegorman to outline the Chinese National Development Plan for Sino-Irish collaboration

PE Services, based near the border with Northern Ireland, are tackling Brexit head on by investing in Innovation Partnerships with Dublin Institute of Technology

Irish company PE Services, led by former Irish Rugby International, Simon Best, as Chairman and Killian Cawley as Chief Executive Officer and the Dublin Institute of Technology made headlines in 2015 when their technology SmartChick won the innovation award for Software Special Merit at the 2015 National Ploughing Championships.

2Left to Right Kieran O'ConnellLicencing Executive DIT Hothouse;Simon Best Chairman PE Services; Tom Flanagan Centre Director DIT Hothouse; Killian Cawley Chief Executive Officer PE Services

DIT Hothouse and PE Services announce a new Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership project to further develop the SmartChick technology.

When Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) President, John Healy addressed the 62nd AGM of the IFA in January early this year, he outlined that the Irish Farming Sector was most exposed by Brexit with 40% of Irish food exports currently going to the UK.

In addressing this problem, this Enterprise Ireland and PE Services funded Innovation Partnership – to scale up the SmartChick technology will involve the creation of new technology called Flock Guard which will automate animal health monitoring for poultry sheds, which aims to support poultry farmers and integrators through automated passive monitoring of poultry flocks through low-cost commodity hardware augmented with state-of-the-art methods in image processing. This project meets the specific needs of poultry farmers and integrators by providing them with key insights into poultry flock state that can be identified and communicated in real time.

This Innovation Partnership is expected to open up a wide range of technology enhanced solutions that will allow PE Services and Ireland to become world leaders in analytics driven farming equipment for both the poultry sector and the broader agriculture sector. Analysis will be based on state-of-the-art Machine Learning and Analytics systems to provide meaningful insights to farmers that go beyond the information traditionally tracked by hand on the farm.


Kilian Cawley, Chief Executive Officer, PE Services said, “For a small border company operating within the agricultural sector in Ireland and the UK, Brexit has added a layer of uncertainty within business in general. However, I see great opportunities by working with DIT Hothouse in developing new technologies within the sectors in which we operate. In my experience without DIT Hothouse, it would not be possible for my company to develop new technology”.


Tom Flanagan, Centre Director, DIT Hothouse said “With 1000’s of Irish companies wondering just how the Brexit decision will affect their future, Innovation Partnerships such as this can be invaluable to these companies in terms of gaining access to researchers and facilities that can give their business a competitive edge. Innovation in processes, products and know-how improves the competitiveness of businesses, increasing profits and access to new markets.”

DIT Hothouse Wins Two Prestigious Accolades at KTI Awards 2017

DIT Hothouse won the 2017 Spin-out Company Impact Award & Dr. Paul Maguire Senior won the Knowledge Transfer Achiever of the Year Award

Inventor of the Year 2017

New Technology Alert: Speak + Seek

Speak + Seek, a new and innovative voice activated software, integrates with business critical systems to produce mobile enabled responses in both text and speech formats.

June Inovator of the Month Competition

Congratulations to CREST Centre Manager Dr. Brendan Duffy as well as CREST Research Scientist Dr. Paddy Kane and Dr. Swarna Jaiswal, winner of the Dublin Region Innovation Consortium (DRIC) Inovator of the Month Competition for May.

DIT Hothouse at the Future Health Summit 2016

DIT Hothouse showcased the latest health care new technologies, food technologies and related R&D capabilities emerging from Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) at The Future Health Summit 2016. The event took place in the City West Convention Centre, Dublin this 26th and 27th May 2016.

May Inventor of the Month Competition

Congratulations to CREST Centre Manager Dr. Brendan Duffy as well as CREST Research Scientist Dr. Paddy Kane and Dr. Swarna Jaiswal, winner of the Dublin Region Innovation Consortium (DRIC) Inventor of the Month Competition for April.

DIT Hothouse at the Energy Show 2016

DIT Hothouse showcased the latest clean technologies and related R&D capabilities emerging from Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) at The Energy Show 2016. The event will take place in the RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin this 6th and 7th April 2016.

April Inventor of the Month Competition

Congratulations to DIT Student and Researcher, Dr. Adam Narbudowicz, winner of the Dublin Region Innovation Consortium (DRIC) Inventor of the Month Competition for March.

March Inventor of the Month Competition

Congratulations to NCI 4th Year Computer Science student, Conor Curran, winner of the Dublin Region Innovation Consortium (DRIC) Inventor of the Month Competition for February.

DIT Hothouse Researcher Workshop, March 2016

DIT Hothouse had an excellent turnout for their Commercialising Technologies - From Collaborations to Technology Transfer workshop held in The Courtyard, DIT Aungier St. on Wednesday, 16th March.

DIT Hothouse at Innovate Ireland 2016

The DIT Hothouse team promoted technology licensing and research collaboration opportunities to over 1,000 delegates at the 2016 Research and Innovation Conference & Exhibition in Croke Park, Dublin last Thursday, 3rd March 2016.

Marketing Internship Opportunity

We have an immediate opportunity for an enthusiastic Marketeer to join the DIT Hothouse team on a three month paid internship.

February Inventor of the Month Competition

Congratulations to DIT undergraduate students Ronan Hand, Dominic Tokarski, Remo Dobler and Shane Brennan, winners of the DIT Inventor of the Month Competition for January.

DIT Hothouse at The Innovation Showcase 2015

DIT Hothouse, alongside its partners in the Dublin Region Innovation Consortium (DRIC), promoted research collaboration and technology licensing opportunities at the Innovation showcase 2015 in the Convention Centre on Tuesday, 8th December.

Inventor of the Month Competition 2015

Kieran Foy, a student on the DIT MSc in Business and Entrepreneurship programme, has won the Inventor of the Month Competition for November, receiving a €250 prize voucher.

Full House at The Business of Food in DIT, 26th November

Around 250 guests visited DIT Kevin St on Thurs 26th November to enjoy lunchtime talks from food industry experts, taste the latest food creations from local producers and explore R&D collaboration opportunities with DIT.

Inventor of the Month Competition 2015

Dr. Ben Schazmann from from the DIT School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences has won the October Inventor of the Month Competition, receiving a €250 prize voucher.

Inventor of the Month Competition 2015

From September to December 2015, DIT Hothouse will pilot an exciting new Monthly Inventor Competition, offering a €250 prize voucher to the best invention proposal received each month.

Research Assistant wanted for an exciting EU Solar PV Project

DIT Hothouse has an immediate opportunity to recruit a Research Assistant to assist in developing the commercial summaries and value propositions for solar technologies developed in a €6 million, 12 partner pan-European research project called “PhotoVoltaic Cost reduction, Reliability, Operational performance, Prediction and Simulation " (PVCROPS).

DRIC at The Innovation Showcase 2014

DIT Hothouse, alongside its partners in the Dublin Region Innovation Consortium (DRIC), promoted research collaboration and technology licensing opportunities at the very successful National Innovation showcase in the Convention Centre, which saw nearly 2000 people come together to further Irish research & innovation.

DIT Hothouse Company in Major Deal with Capita

Current DIT Hothouse New Frontiers participant, Fund Recs, has signed a major contract with Capita Asset Services — part of one of the world’s leading professional services firms Capita Plc.

DIT Hothouse Quarterly eNewsletter - Issue 1

DIT Hothouse launched its new e-newsletter this month which will be circulated via email each quarter. Our first edition features an interview with Alumni Sean Mitchell of Movidius, DIT Hothouse in the news, Hot Technologies and lots of other articles and information.

New DIT Cold Plasma Technology makes Snack Foods Healthier

Researchers from Dublin Institute of Technology have developed a novel technology for enhancing oil spreadability on snack food products, such as biscuits and crisps.This method can reduce the fat content of food by 50-75% while maintaining its taste and appearance.

Hot high-growth companies Twenty to Watch

Congratulations to 3 of our DIT Hothouse alumni companies, Cicero Networks, micks garage and DecaWave all listed in the Sunday Business Post's ‘Hot high-growth companies Twenty to Watch’

New Frontiers Masterclass

DIT Hothouse was delighted to welcome 60 companies to the New Frontiers Masterclass titled “Scaling: From Seeds to the Stars, Lessons from the Frontline” last Monday, 16 June.Sponsored by BDO and held in their offices in Beaux Lane House, Dublin 2, the event was chaired by Dr. John McKeon, with three key-note speakers who kindly shared their experiences and stories.

PropertyGate wins Docklands Innovation Park Enterprise Award 2014

Tony Staunton, CEO of PropertyGate has won Best Investment proposal and prize of €10,000 at the 2014 Docklands Innovation Park Enterprise Awards. Tony is a recent graduate of New Frontiers, the DIT Hothouse Venture Programme supported by Enterprise Ireland.

New Innovative Network Communications Technologies from DIT

Researchers from DIT's Communications Network Research Institute (CNRI) have developed a suite of innovative technologies designed to significantly improve Quality of Service on both wireless and wired networks, enhancing internet user experience and network operator profitability.

DIT's new VHF-Enabling Waterproof Smartphone Case is Making Waves

DIT Hothouse have an exciting new licensing opportunity for a novel waterproof and shockproof smartphone casing design that enables VHF (Very high frequency) radio functions through a mobile phone. The technology was developed in DIT recently and has already attracted significant media attention.

DIT and ICSB World Entrepreneurship Conference, Wed 11th June

DIT and the International Council for Small Business have organised a World Entrepreneurship Conference in the Double Tree by Hilton, Burlington Road on Wednesday, 11th June. A special discounted entry rate is available for a limited time only.

What's the Big Idea?

If you're a DIT student or staff member, enter our inventor competition for a chance to win €1,000 in cash. €4,000 in total can be won across four invention categories. The closing date for applications is Friday, 6th June 2014.

Minister Bruton declares “DIT Hothouse are Top of the Class”

In discussing the creation of spin-out companies and the development of HPSUs, Minister Bruton commented that “DIT Hothouse are top of the class”, acknowledging the commercialisation achievements of both the DIT Hothouse technology transfer office and its incubation centre.

Research and Innovation Open Day in DIT Aungier St - 12th June 2013

DIT Hothouse is involved in a Research and Innovation Open Day, taking place in DIT Aungier Street on Wednesday, 12th June 2013.This collaborative event is organised by the Dublin Technological University Alliance - a unique partnership between Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), IT Blanchardstown (ITB) and IT Tallaght (ITT).

Start-Ups Go Head-to-Head in Battle for €10,000 expansion funding prize

Three companies, each seeking expansion funding, will battle it out at the Docklands Innovation Investment Awards to secure the title of ‘2017 best investment proposal’ and a prize of €10,000.

DIT Hothouse Wins Two Prestigious Accolades at KTI Awards 2017

DIT Hothouse won the 2017 Spin-out Company Impact Award for Kastus Technologies and Dr. Paul Maguire Senior Licensing Exec at DIT Hothouse won the Knowledge Transfer Achiever of the Year Award last night at the KTI Awards ceremony held at the Royal Kilmainham Hospital.

The Spin-out Company Impact award win, which was voted on by an international panel of industry experts, comes just three months after  DIT Hothouse spin-out company Kastus Technologies, secured €1.5 million in an investment round led by the Atlantic Bridge University Fund.  Kastus Technologies has also launched two new revolutionary superbug-killing products, Log4+ and Kastus Metal,  at the Arab Health event held in Dubai at the start of the year.  

Reflecting on the awards, Tom Flanagan, Centre Director, DIT Hothouse, said: “Kastus Technologies is a great example of a High Potential Start-Up with global ambitions coming out of research at DIT CREST. We look forward to seeing Kastus Technologies achieve its ambitions saving lives around the world by killing off superbugs on surfaces everywhere.  We have a range of other inventions and technologies from computer science to material science that are ready to go and just need someone with the entrepreneurial flair of John Browne, CEO Kastus Technologies to take them to market. It is entrepreneurial talent that makes the real difference.

 It is also the support that the Knowledge Transfer Office can provide in connecting the right entrepreneur or business partner with the right invention and access to finance.   Dr. Paul Maguire our Senior Licensing Executive has done this better than most.  He has completed more high value deals than any other Licensing Executive in Ireland.  We are very proud of his achievements and delighted that he was awarded the Knowledge Transfer Achiever of the Year 2017.  It is well deserved.”

Dr. Paul Maguire has played a pivotal role in the success of DIT achieving one of its core strategic goals to “Build research & innovation capacity in targeted fields, creating useful knowledge, and addressing real challenges in new and innovative ways.” Paul’s work on developing new start-ups and the ongoing support he provides them has allowed these spin-outs to thrive making DIT one of the best places in Ireland to spin out a High Potential Start-Up company.