Hothouse Showcase Celebrates 10 Years of the Venture Programme

21st November 2011 - This year's annual DIT Hothouse Showcase marked the 10th anniversary of the DIT Hothouse Programme for knowledge intensive start-ups.

Since its establishment in 2001 the programme has made a considerable contribution to the Irish economy including:

  • Supporting 272 entrepreneurs
  • 180 Sustainable Businesses Created
  • 1,055 Smart Economy Jobs
  • €87 million  Equity Investment Raised


This year's event saw the conferring of graduates of the Hothouse Venture Programme 19 and 20 who received a CPD Postgraduate Diploma in New Business Business Development. In addition DIT researchers who successfuly licensed research during the past year received awards.

storyHothouseShowcase.jpg Ms Bernadette O'Reilly, manager of the Hothouse Innovation Centre, who has been with the Venture Programme since its establishment received a special award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to its success over the last decade.

Tom Flanagan, Centre Director, DIT Hothouse, credited Bernadette for creating the professional and caring ethos that has made the Venture Programme such a success.

Bernadette was presented with her award by Professor Brian Norton, President of Dublin Institute of Technology (left).

Special guest speaker on the night was Declan Conway, founder of Openet Telecom, who are one of the world's leading developers of billing and service software for the telecoms industry

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