The partnership is a natural fit between both organisations and a further demonstration of DCU’s commitment to academic and industry engagement and the development of an entrepreneurial spirit between staff and students alike.
Founded in 2015, UrbanVolt, is one of Ireland’s leading energy services companies and provides businesses with the opportunity of retrofitting energy saving LED technology for no upfront cost, enabling companies to significantly reduce their energy costs and invest their savings in growing their business.
It is now working towards taking their first client completely off the grid.
The company is on a mission to transform the industry and wants to give a student the opportunity to do the same.
The company has strong connections with Dublin City University, beginning the business at the university’s innovation campus, DCU Alpha, while Chief Operations Officer, Graham Deane and Head of Marketing, Edel Kennedy are DCU alumnus.
Commenting on the new scholarship President of Dublin City University, Brian MacCraith said:
“We are delighted to announce this exciting new Master’s scholarship that provides a wonderful opportunity for graduates.
The partnership between DCU and UrbanVolt is a natural fit.
It demonstrates how well academia and industry can work together to both develop talent and find innovative solutions to real world problems.
We look forward to working with UrbanVolt on this and we are delighted with their deep association with the University.”
Graham Deane, Co-Founder of UrbanVolt said:
“We know that it sometimes takes an outsider to transform an industry – because that is exactly what we have done.
We were told our business model was impossible to build, but UrbanVolt’s Light as a Service is now the country’s fastest growing energy services company.
Now we want to help a student achieve something similar via the UrbanVolt scholarship programme. We are very deliberately giving a wide choice of programmes because we have proven that you can bring skills from one sector, and use them to transform another.
We are creating a legacy of positive change and transformation in Ireland and we believe strongly that investing in our young people helps us to achieve that.”
Jamie Heaslip said:
“There’s no point just talking about doing something good, we all have to ‘walk the walk’ and actually do something tangible to effect change in the world.
UrbanVolt is putting words into action every day by cutting energy consumption for Irish businesses and now we’re helping to create the future leaders of Ireland, who will carry on this challenge for the next generation.”
The DCU/UrbanVolt Master’s Scholarship Programme is available as a fully paid one year taught master’s commencing this coming academic year (September 2017/2018).
For further information check out www.dcu.ie/graduatestudies/scholarships-opportunities