NovaUCD Companies Set to Double Highly-Skilled Staff Numbers

NovaUCD Incubator Companies Such as Tethras, the mobile app localiser service, will more than double in size over the next two years - pictured is Brian Farrell, founder and CEO of Tethras.

NovaUCD Incubator Companies Such as Tethras, the mobile app localiser service, will more than double in size over the next two years - pictured is Brian Farrell, founder and CEO of Tethras.

NovaUCD, the Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre at University College Dublin (UCD), is claiming that its 37 incubator companies are set to create 300 highly-skilled jobs over the next two years.

Professor Peter Clinch, Vice-President for Innovation at UCD, said the employment projection figures are based on the results of an annual employment survey of companies based at the centre, which have raised over €40 million in equity investment to date.

Companies located at the centre include a mixture of “spin-out” companies, established by UCD researchers to commercialise the outputs of their research activities, and “spin-in” companies that have located to NovaUCD in order to interact more closely with UCD commercialisation activities and to avail of research expertise available at the University.

NovaUCD would not disclose the specifics of the announcement, but said examples of its tenants included DOCOsoft, a developer of software solutions for the global insurance and financial services markets, and Tethras, the company which enables app developers to easily adapt their software into over 40 languages, are both planning to employ at least 10 additional staff by 2013

Currently there are 205 people employed by the Nova companies. They created 80 jobs during 2011.

Commenting today Professor Clinch said, “NovaUCD client companies were established to translate innovative ideas into value-added products and services, including companies which are commercialising UCD research outputs. The development and growth of such high-tech and knowledge-intensive companies is of critical importance for Ireland’s economic recovery. He added, “I am delighted that the facilities and supports being made available to the start-ups located at UCD are helping these companies thrive and create quality jobs.”

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