First Tuesday Co-Founder Meets DIT Hothouse Graduates in Dublin

Since 2001 Hothouse Venture Programme Companies have created in excess of 950 Jobs

The co-founder of First Tuesday, the largest global network of entrepreneurs and CEO of Ariadne Capital, Julie Meyer addressed the annual networking and showcase event of DIT’s Hothouse Venture Programme, which through incubation, funding, mentoring and training, supports entrepreneurs developing technology-based businesses. Two companies were presented with 'Lead Entrepreneur' Awards for having the best business plans.

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Pictured at the event were (LtoR):
Keynote speaker, Eoghan Nolan, Engineering Manager, Google Ireland;
‘Lead Entrepreneur’ Award winner, Matt Bonner, Trezur Limited;
Sara Hogan, Programme Manager, DIT Hothouse;
‘Lead Entrepreneur Award winner, Michael McLaughlin, decaWave Limited; .
Bernadette O’Reilly, Innovation Centre Manager, DIT Hothouse
and Julie Meyer, co-founder of First Tuesday and CEO of Ariadne Capital.

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Pictured at the event were (LtoR): ‘Lead Entrepreneur’ Award winners,
Matt Bonner, Trezur Limited and Michael McLaughlin, decaWave Limited;
Sara Hogan, Programme Manager, DIT Hothouse
and keynote speaker, Eoghan Nolan, Engineering Manager, Google Ireland.

Over 20 Programme participants showcased their technology companies with 1 minute 'elevator' pitches to a select audience of entrepreneurs, members of the business and investment community and state support agencies.Two programme graduates were presented with 'Lead Entrepreneur' Awards for having the best business plans: Matt Bonner, Trezur Limited and Michael McLaughlin, decaWave Limited.  Trezur has developed a music recommendation engine which lets users search across multiple sites based on music they already like. decaWave uses ultra wideband radio technology and DSP techniques to produce low cost, low power, high rate, wireless, semiconductor communications products.

Since 2001, Dublin Institute of Technology through its Hothouse Venture Programme has supported over 200 entrepreneurs at the early stages of their business development. A survey carried out by DIT Hothouse found that 130 respondent companies who participated in the programme since 2001 had created in excess of 950 jobs. In 2009, DIT Hothouse is scheduled to launch two additional venture programmes for emerging knowledge-intensive and IT companies.


About Hothouse


Hothouse is the award winning Innovation and Technology Transfer office at Dublin Institute of Technology.  A magnetic energy hub, Hothouse draws in entrepreneurs and academic talent. It is a place that ignites creativity and provides an exciting and dynamic environment to fast-track businesses and technologies to commercial success. The Hothouse Venture Programme is a one-year training and support programme aimed at experienced graduate entrepreneurs engaged in the process of establishing knowledge-intensive businesses with global potential.  The programme, funded by the Department of Education and Science, is designed to help participants to develop the necessary entrepreneurial skills and extend their practical business knowledge to enable them to start and grow sustainable companies. 

Visit the website: www.hothouse.ie

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