New Address at the HotHouse

New Address at the HotHouse

So I’m moving my business to the Docklands having been accepted into the PDC HotHouse. It’s a 12 month incubation programme designed for entrepreneurs and business owners of high tech, high potential startups. I’m absolutely delighted about this development and I think it’ll give me a great opportunity to meet new people, bring my business forward and learn some new skills along the way.

Moving Forward

The programme accepts 16 new companies every 6 months and is now in it’s 8th year. It provides:

  • Free office space in the Docklands Innovation Park.
  • A student training grant of €550 per month.
  • Business mentoring.
  • Networking opportunities.
  • Training workshops, two days a month.
  • Access to PDC’s extensive alumni network.

I’ve been told that as part of the programme we will be guided through the process of applying for Enterprise Ireland’s CORD grant, which can provide the equivalent to half your previous years salary up to a value of €38,000. It also provides support for preparing and delivering a sound business plan fit for seeking further financial or investment aid. The programme has recently been accredited by the Dublin Institute of Technology and successful graduates will receive a post-graduate diploma in New Business Development.

Exciting Times

I recently wrote a post about completing the excellent BRITE Programme and had a little moan about how I’d miss the great networking opportunities that it provided. Well, I think the HotHouse might just fill that gap.

The programme is due to start on April 21st. Many thanks to Jarek from Grip Communications for encouraging me to apply to this programme. Cheers bud.


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  1. Eamonn says:

    Welcome to the HotHouse – Glad to see the crew reforming once again. Slowly but surely we will take on bigger tasks than us and if that doesn’t work we will have great nights out talking about our big plans!

    Pints to discuss this vital topic – name the date we can get a Brite / Hothouse alumni together!

    Apr 18, 2008
  2. Robin Blandford says:

    Jeeezz we’ve a real in club going on in the comments here, huh! little do they know 😉

    Congrats Iarfhlaith. I didn’t even know you were doing this fulltime 😉

    I’ll drop you a mail with my address so we can catch up at some point.

    Apr 29, 2008
  3. Jarek says:

    I did not know you have a blog (btw: cool design). I just noticed a web reference on my monthly web stats 🙂 Thank you for mentioning – but it was really all your effort to get in there – it is not easy.

    Good luck – need to meet for a coffee in the lobby 🙂

    Jul 1, 2008
  4. Iarfhlaith says:

    Hey Jarek, glad you like it!

    You’re too modest though, there’s no way I would have applied for the programme if you hadn’t said it to me, and so far it’s been great. I really owe you one.

    Definitely need to meet up for that coffee soon.

    Jul 1, 2008

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