PurOrigin, a new venture focused on designing and developing novel, energy efficient domestic appliances, has won the NovaUCD 2012 Start-Up Award. In addition to the award PurOrigin was also presented with a €20,000 prize fund after being declared overall winner of University College Dublin's 17th NovaUCD Campus Company Development Programme.
Dr Emmeline Hill, a leading genomics scientist at the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science and a co-founder of the University College Dublin (UCD) spin-out company Equinome, has been named the Irish Tatler 2012 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year at an awards ceremony held in Dublin. Equinome, a world-leading equine genomics company, is based at NovaUCD, the Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs at University College Dublin.
University College Dublin (UCD) will showcase the latest high-tech and knowledge-intensive ventures emerging from UCD research programmes during the annual NovaUCD start-up awards evening next week. Among the 9 ventures and 22 individuals competing for a share in a €35,000 prize fund are AB Power and Yokie. AB Power is pioneering efficient, safe and sustainable hydrogen-based energy storage and release technology to power future environmentally friendly vehicles. The promoters of AB Power are Dr Christian Grave and Dr Andrew Phillips, UCD School of Chemistry and Chemical Biology.
DCU’s Ryan Academy opened its application process on the 3rd of September for its 3 month Propeller Venture Accelerator based in Dublin, Ireland. This award winning accelerator (voted 7th Best Accelerator in Europe by a study commissioned by the Kauffman Fellows Programme) has a great deal to offer entrepreneurs with winning ideas. €30,000 Euro investment, office space, over 80 mentors (Techies, Specialists and Serial Entrepreneurs) and a demo day set for the 26th April 2013. In total a deal worth €45,000 euro, all this in return for 7.5% equity stake, valuing the company at €600,000 euro!