UrbanVolt Launches DCU Scholarship

One of Ireland’s most innovative companies has launched a scholarship programme to encourage students to bring outsider thinking to insider industries.

UrbanVolt and Dublin City University have announced a new Master’s Scholarship which is available for a programme of the student’s choice in the engineering, computing or business schools.

The scholarship – which is worth up to €8,000 – was announced by Leinster and Ireland rugby player Jamie Heaslip, a DCU alumni and UrbanVolt investor.

“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,” said Jamie as the fully-paid one year taught Masters programme was announced.

“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.”


Founded in 2015, UrbanVolt, is 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.

“We are delighted to announce this exciting new Master’s scholarship which is an incredible opportunity for graduates,” said President of Dublin City University, Brian MacCraith.

“The partnership between DCU and UrbanVolt is a natural fit. It demonstrates how well academia and industry can work together to provide opportunities for learning and growth and help to come up with solutions for the many challenges facing our world. We look forward to working with UrbanVolt on this and are proud of their long association with the University.”


Graham Deane, Co-Founder of UrbanVolt said the company is committed to providing young people with the opportunity as UrbanVolt has learned – and proven – that it often takes an outside to transform an industry.

“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,” he said.

“Now we want to help a student achieve something similar via the UrbanVolt scholarship programme.


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.”

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).

Applications are being accepted until June 23rd, with further details available here.

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Anne James