National Digital Research Centre

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NDRC is an early stage investor in tech companies based in Dublin, Ireland.


NDRC is an early stage investor in tech companies. NDRC invests primarily using an accelerator model through its NDRC LaunchPad and NDRC VentureLab investment programmes, providing modest amounts of capital and high amounts of hands on support to early stage companies.

The Centre was founded in 2007 by five Dublin based third level institutions. NDRC used to be the National Digital Research Centre, but no longer carries out research and so these days refer to itself as NDRC.

In September 2013, the market value of firms emerging from the Centre was reported to have doubled to €39m during 2012.[1]

Ownership and programmes

The Centre is owned and operated by a consortium of five Irish research universities: Dublin City University, Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, National College of Art and Design, Trinity College, Dublin, and University College Dublin.

It runs two investment programmes: NDRC LaunchPad[2] and NDRC VentureLab.[3] It was awarded "Top IT" incubator by UBI Index in 2013.[4] NDRC LaunchPad has been ranked as once of the most highly rated accelerators[clarification needed] in Europe [5]

See also


  1. Additional funding for National Digital Research Centre announced RTÉ News, 2013-09-25.
  2. NDRC LaunchPad National Digital Research Centre. Retrieved: 2013-12-21.
  3. NDRC VentureLab National Digital Research Centre. Retrieved: 2013-12-21.
  4. University Business Incubator – Global Top List 2013 University Business Incubator. Retrieved: 2013-12-21.
  5. Top 8 European Startup Accelerators and Incubators Ranked Tech Cocktail, 2011-06-20.

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