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DateThursday, March 24, 2011
AuthorFiona Canning

NovaUCD Launch 2011 Programme

Now in its' 16th year, NovaUCD launch their entrepreneurial programme for 2011 with thirteen new business ventures


NovaUCD_2011_CCDP_Participants.jpgNovaUCD, an Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre funded by AIB Bank, Arthur Cox and Deloitte, have just been joined by thirteen new business ventures for their entrepreneurship programme 2011. The NovaUCD 2011 Campus Company Development Programme (CCDP) assists academic and research entrepreneurs at University College Dublin in bringing their innovative ideas from intellectual concepts to fully developed and sound commercial businesses.



Delivered by NovaUCD staff, with support from NovaUCD's sponsors, the nine months programme includes incubation facilities and associated innovation services, workshops, mentoring and one-to-one consultancy. The programme culminates with an awards evening and a prize fund of €30,000. In addition to cash prizes and 6 months free NovaUCD desk space, Arthur Cox and Deloitte will be providing professional services and AccountsIQ will be providing a free subscription to its accountancy software.



Some of the new ventures participating in the 2011 CCDP include AntTweeter;; Fairtricity; ForkStream; Mobifit Technologies; Scream Interactive and Sustainability in Historic Buildings, among others.



ForkStream, promoted by Dr John Fitzpatrick and Dr Hamid Nafaa of UCD, are developing a solution for telecom operators to allow for seamless mobile phone roaming between networks while using bandwidth heavy services. Mobifit Technologies, promoters of which include Ken Taylor, Dr Chris Bleakley and Professor Scott Rickard of UCD, are working on the development of a device and associated software for monitoring exercise activity. Scream Interactive who are promoted by Dr Peter Cahill of UCD are meanwhile developing novel speech technologies for the interactive entertainment industry. Other participants are looking into the energy of historic buildings and developing entrepreneurship education resources and tools for a global audience.



Now in its 16th year, 170 new ventures and 260 individuals have to date completed the CCDP. Dr Pat Frain, Director, NovaUCD said: "The CCDP is NovaUCD's main enterprise support designed specifically to assist UCD academics and researchers in establishing new ventures to commercialise the innovative ideas arising from their research programmes." He added, "These ventures will in time generate new high-tech jobs and this aspect of the CCDP is of course critically important in the current economic climate."





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