Income rises to nearly €1m at DCU’s innovation centre
More than 150 entrepreneurs have based their companies at DCU Invent
DCU Invent has 2,800 square metres of incubation space for technology start-up firms
Dublin City University’s innovation centre Invent, which was set-up in 2001 to forge better links between researchers and industry, saw losses narrow last year as income jumped sharply.
Recently filed accounts show Invent DCU Limited recorded a pre-tax loss of €456,135 for the 12 months ending September 2015, as against a €656,518 loss a year earlier.
Income, which is primarily derived from the renting of office space and facilities to start-ups, rose from €521,288 to €952,241.
The purpose-built centre, which has 2,800sq m of incubation space for technology start-up firms, is located on the main DCU campus.
Invent works with companies and researchers to promote innovation, knowledge transfer and commercialisation through licensing and start-up companies. Among the multinationals it has worked with over the years are Bristol-Myers-Squibb, IBM, Microsoft, Symantec and Pfizer.
More than 150 entrepreneurs have based their companies at Invent DCU with current residents including Cruatech, KanTanMT, Sigmoid Pharma, SurgaColl Technologies and Pilot Photonics.
Richard Stokes, chief executive at Invent and DCU’s director of innovation, said there were 21 firms located at the centre at present with a further 35 on the Alpha campus.
“The Invent centre is 100 per cent occupied with companies who are a mix of spin-out companies and spin-in firms. The attraction and appeal of locating on and in close proximity to the university is access to our industry-relevant research and the deep expertise of our interdisciplinary scientists and engineers,” Mr Stokes said.
Invent employed seven people last year with staff costs, including wages and salaries totalling €445,964, up from €344,286 a year earlier.
The accounts showed the centre owed over €5.7 million to a number of related organisations at the end of last year, including €3.37 million to Dublin City University and a further €1.8 million to DCU Commercial Limited.