We shape creative minds*
*minds capable of launching new ventures.

We shape creative minds*
*minds capable of launching new ventures.


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July 2014: The Innovation Academy featured on front page of The Irish Examiner business section. Read >
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July 2014: Innovation Academy UCD students bring design thinking to tech startups at Wayra. Report in THE IRISH TIMES. Read >

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June 2014: Bobby Kerr visits The Innovation Academy for his  ‘Down to Business’ show on Newstalk FM, interviews staff and students on the Springboard programme.
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June 2014: The Innovation Academy cited on design thinking within business organisations. Read >

The Innovation Academy at UCD specialises in shaping creative thought. Be prepared to work with students of disciplines entirely different to your own. Together, you will work in a creative studio unlike any learning space you have worked in before.
You will tackle real world problems, and be asked to think in new ways.


The Innovation Academy, UCD is dedicated to supporting Ireland’s innovation culture by fostering entrepreneurial talent in communities across the country. Established in 2010, The Innovation Academy, UCD has become an internationally recognised exemplar of best-practice in innovation and entrepreneurship education. Read more >

Entrepreneurship in its broadest sense is an individual’s ability to turn ideas into action. Some Innovation Academy graduates start companies, some spin out companies from universities or corporations, some pursue new employment in a company while others will instigate change within existing organisations or at a societal level.

Our students are drawn from across Ireland, and internationally, and include recent graduates, PhD students, industry professionals and job seekers funded under the HEA’s Springboard programme. This diversity is important in developing future leaders with the skills and attitudes to be entrepreneurial in their professional lives, whether by creating their own companies or innovating in existing organisations.

At The Innovation Academy UCD we work together in multi-disciplinary teams to explore challenging aspects of the entrepreneurial experience including: calculated risk taking; coping with ambiguity; displaying initiative; learning from failure; and effective communication.

Through the delivery of an action oriented, practice driven, innovation programme we transform professionals and scholars into energetic and resourceful entrepreneurial creators.




Select a course


for PhDs

Specialist PhD course for cross-disciplinary thinkers.

Adult Education

Prepare yourself for your next role. This is for Springboard applicants who are considering their next chapter in life and in their careers.


for Undergraduates

The ultimate undergraduate experience, classes are mixed across years and disciplines to round out the mind and broaden the skill set.

for Education Professionals

Explore new ways to teach. Discover real world examples from across the globe.


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