Supports for Start-Ups

At NovaUCD...

At NovaUCD we provide the environment and supports for our start ups to grow and develop new ventures.  A comprehensive business support programme is offered to client companies which comprises of advice, seminars, workshops as well as facilitated access to the NovaUCD network of researchers, business leaders and investors.

Access to Research at UCD

UCD has an international reputation for being at the forefront of innovative research and creative discovery.  NovaUCD can assist you to identify relevant expertise and collaborative opportunities with world- class researchers. UCD research priority areas include Agri-Food, ICT, Culture, Economy & Society, Environment, Energy and Health.

Enterprise Development

Enterprise Development advice on topics such as:

  • Business plan development
  • Advice on grant and funding applications
  • Advice on sources of finance and investment
  • Introductions to potential investors
  • Introductions to VC’s including Atlantic Bridge’s €60 Million University Bridge Fund
  • Introductions to business advisors and mentors
  • Collaboration with Michael Smurfit MBA programme projects
  • Opportunities to recruit interns via UCD student internship programmes

NovaUCD’s Network

Start Ups benefit from facilitated access to NovaUCD’s network of business leaders, mentors, investors, alumni network and professional service providers.

Clients can avail of expert advice on:

  • Investment
  • Finance and Tax
  • Legal
  • Banking and Financial Planning
  • HR
  • Marketing
  • Intellectual Property
  • Sales
  • Product Management

Workshops and Seminars

At NovaUCD a series of workshops, events and seminars are provided monthly and topics are developed based upon client requirements.  Workshops cover issues which affect high-potential start-up companies such as; raising investment, business development and promotion, finance, product positioning and intellectual property.

A specialist NovaUCD Founder’s Meet Up convenes monthly which generates interaction and group discussion around key issues and assists client companies in establishing new networks as part of the NovaUCD community.


Our client companies benefit from media exposure through our communications support.  The communications team offer PR and media relations services including:

  • Media relations consultancy and advice
  • PR strategy
  • Press release writing
  • Media liaison across social and traditional news platforms