DCU looks to lure entrepreneurs

Dublin City University is calling on anyone with a great early-stage business idea which is based on technology, to take advantage of its Fusion Programme. The programme is open to experienced people with an idea for a business that has proven commercial potential but needs further development. No connection with DCU is needed.

Successful applicants will be matched to a talented team of researchers with the appropriate expertise and supported with grant funding over an 18-month period. Ongoing support, training and mentoring will all be provided throughout the project, before finally spinning out a new company led by the entrepreneur.

Paddy O’Boyle, Director of Business Development in DCU Invent, said:

“The formula for building a successful start-up is always complex. Many people have great ideas and an entrepreneurial mindset but don’t have access to technical skills and funding to bring it all together.

“The Fusion Programme is tailored to meet the needs of each idea. We look at a range of supports, including assistance with business and financial planning, pitch coaching, introductions to investors and mentoring by senior researchers and business leaders.”