Innovation Showcase attracts big ideas
2 December 2014 | 0
More than 2,000 entrepreneurs, industry representatives and researchers from around the country will today the first national Innovation Showcase in the National Convention Centre Dublin today as part of a Government drive to open up the innovation, research and development infrastructure to business.
Organised by Enterprise Ireland on behalf of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation with IDA Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland, the event is the first showcase at national level of Ireland’s research and technology centres of scale and excellence.
The showcase provides companies of all sizes the opportunity to meet representatives from each of the 38 research centres across the country to discuss potential collaborations.
The main feature of the event are exhibits from the 38 research centres, technology centres and national research institutes and facilities which are delivering solutions for industry in six areas: energy, food, health & medical technologies, ICT, manufacturing & materials and services and business processes.
For the potential investors amongst the 2,000 strong attendance, they can hear 13 investor-ready ‘big ideas’ from the people behind new companies spun-out of higher education institutes with the support of Enterprise Ireland.
Julie Sinnamon, CEO Enterprise Ireland will open the Big Ideas show which she describes as an “ideal platform for innovative spin-outs built on research to catch the eye of potential investors and business partners”.
Key speakers at the event include Stefan Lindegaard, an internationally renowned expert on the topic of open innovation and Dr. Nicola Millard, a customer experience futurologist who currently works with BT’s Global Innovation Team.
The European Space Agency, which is celebrating its 50th birthday, is also exhibiting at the showcase.