DIT Hothouse Celebrated 10 Years
DIT Hothouse were delighted to celebrate ten years of success yesterday, Thursday 25th May 2017. 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 Technology, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, National College of Ireland and Instititute of Technology Tallaght). Following introductions from Professor Brian O'Neill, Director of Research, Enterprise and Innovation Services and Tom Flanagan, Centre Director, DIT Hothouse we had important business to attend to - namely the following awards, presented by Professor Brian Norton, President, DIT.
Images by Mihajlo Vucetic
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 the DIT Hothouse Lead Entrepreneur Spin-out for their success to date of 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 a common goal to 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. Of course there could only be one overall winner. Professor Brian Norton and Michael Lucey from Purdy Lucey (sponsors of Inventor of the Year 2017) presented the following prizes:
1st place went to Brian Henderson of the Dublin Institute of Technology
2nd place went to Niamh Gilmartin and Nigel Kent of the Dublin Institute of Technology
3rd place went to Deveshi Kumar of the National College of Ireland
Download & delve into DIT Hothouse's success over the last ten years
Here's to the next ten years!