Supporting Your Business Idea

If you have a business idea there are a range of supports and resources available to you, both at UCD, and in the wider community.

In the first instance, please come and talk to an innovation staff member of UCD Research and Innovation and let us see how we can help you.

The innovation mission of UCD Research and Innovation is to enhance the value and quality of UCD’s innovation activities in order to achieve the maximum impact for the University, its partners, and for social and economic life in Ireland in the wider world.

To advance this innovation mission UCD Research and Innovation supports system-wide innovation activities across the University, including technological, policy, social and cultural innovation, through four key innovation themes:

  • Inspiring Creative Graduates
  • Putting Knowledge to Work
  • Partnering with Industry
  • Growing and Supporting New Business

There are other local and national supports available to you as well. 

County and City Enterprise Boards

The role of the County and City Enterprise Boards (CEBs) is to stimulate economic and entrepreneurial activity and to develop local indigenous enterprise potential in the micro-business sector. The CEBs seek to harness collective effort across a broad spectrum of the local community with a view to generating local economies of real strength and durability. In this way, growth in employment and wealth as well as improved competitiveness can be delivered at the local level. In order to achieve their objectives, CEBs have a range of supports to assist viable proposals for business start-up and expansion projects.

Enterprise Ireland

Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. They work in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales on global markets. In this way, they support sustainable economic growth, regional development and secure employment.


To arrange an appointment to talk to a member of the UCD Research and Innovation team about how we can support your business idea please contact:

Caroline Gill
Innovation Education Manager
UCD Research and Innovation
t: +353 1 716 3715