Incubation Centre Visits
Euroscience Open Forum 2012
VISITS TO INCUBATION CENTRES – ESOF 2012 Science to Business
Thursday July 12th (10am)
Invent is Dublin City University’s state of the art Innovation and Enterprise Centre. Invent accelerate the technology transfer process, manage the university’s intellectual property and currently house 16 technology start-up companies. Visitors to the centre will have an opportunity to meet the Invent team, learn more about their operations and get an overview of how they manage collaborative research projects with industry. Visitors will get a chance to talk directly to the start-up companies in their offices and laboratory space, and hear their views about the training programmes and seminars. Visitors will also get a tour of the facilities which include a multi-purpose Seminar Room, video conferencing suite, selection of boardrooms and meeting rooms.
NovaUCD, the Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre, is the hub of innovation and knowledge transfer activities at University College Dublin. NovaUCD is an international leader in the commercialisation of research and other knowledge-intensive activity for the benefit of the Irish economy and society in the wider world. NovaUCD provides facilities and a comprehensive business support programme comprising advice, seminars, consultancy, workshops and individual training for knowledge-intensive ventures. The 35 companies currently based in the centre cover a vast array of sectors including ICT, biotech, medical devices, wireless and renewable energy. These companies, which have raised over €40 million in equity investment to date and employ 200 people, plan to employ an additional 300 people over the next 2 years.
The National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) is a state-of-the-art research, training and incubation facility for the life sciences industry. Visitors will get an opportunity to walk through a state-of-the-art pilot plant to understand how the latest innovative, biotech medicines are manufactured including upstream and downstream processing, bionanalytics and fill finish. NIBRT will provide an overview of the research, training and incubation support we provide to big pharma organizations such as J&J, Lilly, Merck as well as to small-medium sized companies.
Friday July 13th (10am)
NDRC (National Digital Research Centre)
NDRC (National Digital Research Centre) is an independent enterprise dedicated to the acceleration of research from ideas to income. NDRC’s investment programmes enable innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers and companies to translate promising ideas and intellectual property into income generating products and high growth businesses. With a dedicated commercialisation team, enterprise space for teams to work alongside other digital innovation projects, and an investment fund, NDRC provides an essential link in the value chain that translates basic research in Ireland’s higher education institutions into commercial and economic success. With the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources as a funding partner, NDRC works in collaboration with the research base, industry and a range of investors.
DIT Hothouse is one of Ireland’s leading incubation centres. Through its renowned support programme for technology-based start-ups, Hothouse has since 2001 generated:
- 180 Knowledge Intensive Businesses
- 1,252 Quality Jobs
- €98.5M Equity Investment Raised
The Programme consists of: Combination of training workshops facilitated by successful entrepreneurs and industry experts; Range of business counselling inputs and a number of evaluation and feedback sessions; Investor showcase events and fora; Access to significant DIT research through the Hothouse Technology Transfer Office; Support from DIT staff and students in Business, Science & Engineering; and Space and facilities at Docklands Innovation Park.
IADT Media Cube
IADT is a third level institute specialising in the convergence of creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation. Their programmes span audio & visual media technologies, multimedia systems, animation and cyber-psychology. Their state-of-the-art incubation centre, the Media Cube, is home to 14 digital media companies, many of which are engaged in collaboration with the Institute’s research community. The Media Cube is home to Profitero.com – the IBM Global Entrepreneur of 2012. IADT is also home to the VLAB – a high-end visualisation system that allows the user to interact with their 3D virtual environment. IADT use the VLAB for studies in human computer interaction, prototype testing and some good fun!
ITB LINC (Learning and Innovation Centre, Blanchardstown) is the enterprise arm of the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown which is leveraged by firms to create new activities, initiatives and employment opportunities. Leveraging this academic and entrepreneurial expertise is done through collaborative industry and academic research, licensing of emerging technologies, spinning out start-up companies and the provision of academic training to industry. ITB LINC will present a case study of real life examples of how ITB have provided a bridge between industry and academia in the Dublin West region and the results of these liaisons.