The project is backed by The Bank of Ireland. The three entrepreneurs have all founded successful spin-outs based on Tyndall technologies.

Tyndall, Ireland’s leading electronics and photonics research institute, has a portfolio of technologies that have been researched that it describes as “spin-out” ready. The technologies include radiation detectors, infrared sensors for autonomous vehicles and wearable rehabilitation devices. Many have already received Enterprise Ireland commercialisation funding to bring them closer to market.

As well as providing technologies Deep Dive is also ready to work with entrepreneurs who have identified a market need that needs a technical solution that could be engineered using Tyndall facilities and or services. In addition to funding support and technical support in kind Deep Dive can provide access to private investors and venture capitalists following completion of the program.

Declan O’Mahoney, Joe O’Keeffe and Carl Jackson have all led high-value spinouts based on Tyndall technology and are now supporters of the Deep Dive programme.

O’Mahoney is Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Tyndall and was previously CEO of Firecomms Ltd. Firecomms is a provider of optical fiber and optical transceivers now jointly headquartered in Cork, Ireland and Tongxiang, China. Firecomms was Ireland’s first technology-based company to be acquired by a Chinese corporation when the company exited to ZJY Corp of Zhejiang in 2010.

O’Mahoney was also CEO of University of Ulster spin-out Heartsine Technologies Ltd. that was acquired by Stryker Corp. (Kalamazoo, Michigan).

Joe O’Keeffe founded InfiniLED which commercialized microLED technology developed at Tyndall. InfiniLED was acquired by Facebook-owned Oculus in 2016.

Carl Jackson founded SensL to develop a CMOS-compatible low-light sensor. SensL commercialised the technology for use in silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) and SPAD imaging arrays. SensL was acquired by On Semiconductor in May 2018.

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