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DIT Hothouse celebrates 10 years

Posted: 26 May, 2017

DIT Hothouse were delighted to celebrate ten years of success with a BBQ in the sun in DIT Grangegorman.

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We could not have asked for a better evening! The sun was splitting the trees, absolutely perfect weather for a BBQ. We were joined by business leaders, entrepreneurs, budding inventors, and staff and students from the Dublin Region Innovation Consortium (DRIC) (Dublin Institute of TechnologyInstitute of Technology BlanchardstownNational College of Ireland and Instititute of Technology Tallaght).

The introductions came from Professor Brian O'Neill, Director of Research, Enterprise and Innovation Services and Tom Flanagan, Centre Director, DIT Hothouse.

Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT went on to announce the following awards: 

Lead Entrepreneur Spin-in

Professor Brian Norton presented Sean P. Mitchell of Movidius with the DIT Hothouse 'Lead Entrepreneur of a Spin-in'. Movidius prepared for success with early incubation in DIT Hothouse and is now a game-changer in computer vision and intelligence. Movidius formed a partnership with Google in 2016 to accelerate the adoption of deep learning within mobile devices. Later that year it was announced that Intel was acquiring Movidius for €355 million as part of Intel's Perceptual Computing Group in California. 

Lead Entrepreneur Spin-out

Kastus was presented with the DIT Hothouse Lead Entrepreneur Spin-out for their success to date in bringing to market light-activated anti-microbial technology that can render surfaces 99.99% resistant to harmful microbes. Kastus is going from strength to strength, having previously won the Spin-out Company Impact Award with DIT Hothouse at the Knowledge Transfer Ireland Awards in March 2017.

Researcher Impact Award

Professor Vincent Toal, Dr Suzanne Martin and Professor Izabela Naydenova from the Centre for Industrial and Engineering Optics (IEO) were awarded the Researcher Impact Award for their contribution to commercially focused research. They have generated over €1 million of commercially focused funding, secured over 25 patents and created a spin-out company specialising in anti-counterfit technology.

Entrepreneur to Watch for the Future

Swiftcomply won the Entrepreneur to Watch for the Future for their platform that connects regulators, food service businesses, and service providers for the common goal of protecting the health of our community in a simple, transparent and business friendly way.

Inventor of the Year 2017

Last night was also an important evening for all of our Inventors across the Dublin Region Innovation Consortium (DRIC). This year we had over 80 entries for the Inventor of the Year 2017. Professor Brian Norton and Michael Lucey from Purdy Lucey, who sponsored Inventor of the Year 2017, presented the following prizes:

1st place - Brian Henderson of the Dublin Institute of Technology

2nd place - Niamh Gilmartin and Nigel Kent of the Dublin Institute of Technology

3rd place - Deveshi Kumar of the National College of Ireland

Here's to the next ten years!

Images by Mihajlo Vucetic