The DCU Innovation Campus was opened in January 2013 by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr Richard Bruton TD. The Innovation Campus will be a national centre for innovation in the Cleantech sector, which is one of the fastest growing areas of economic activity and worth more than €5 trillion globally.
The Cleantech sector develops innovative products and services to address major sustainability issues concerning water, waste, energy and emissions and forms a key strand of both the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs and its policy on growth and employment in the Green Economy. The DCU Innovation Campus is located close to the main DCU Campus in Glasnevin, on a former Enterprise Ireland-owned site. The new campus is expected to drive significant green economy growth in the North Dublin and Leinster area, supporting 200 jobs over the initial 18 months for Cleantech start-ups, SMEs and larger companies.
The campus will attract new high-growth, Cleantech enterprises that wish to locate in a supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem; international entrepreneurs wishing to take advantage of advanced DCU R&D; university spin-out companies; and student and graduate start-up companies. Dalkia, the utilities and energy management service provider, will be the first tenant in the new Campus.
The Innovation Campus will be a central element of DCU’s contribution to the development of the Green Way, a collaborative venture established by industry, academic institutions and public/semi state players in the north Dublin region to create jobs and trade opportunities through its internationally recognised Cleantech cluster