Spin-out Company of the Year

The Spin-out Company Award recognises the UCC founder(s) of the spin-out company that is judged to have best accomplished a successful or significant achievement during 2023. The winning company will be an investable and high-potential spin-out, that was developed based on UCC IP or know-how and which has potential to create employment. Nominations will be submitted by UCC Innovation staff, based on inventions, licences, spin-outs or consultancy projects that were supported by UCC Innovation in the calendar year. Nominations will be submitted by the UCC Innovation team as per the eligibility criteria.

Nomination Procedure

  • Nominations for Innovation awards will be made by Commercialisation Case Managers, from UCC’s IP and commercialisation portfolio. If you would like your innovation activity to be considered, please contact your case manager.

Evaluation Criteria





  • Innovative or creative thinking.
  • Potential to make major technological progress and show a high degree of inventiveness.
  • Demonstration of technology application with strong commercial potential, rather than purely scientific or technological achievement.
  • Priorities are focussed on innovations that deliver commercial outcomes.
  • Active engagement with business and/or private investment to see research applied and taken to market.



  • Demonstrate achieved, or potential to achieve, economic, social or environmental impact of the innovation.
  • National and/or International recognition of excellence.

Evaluation Panel

  • Dr Sally Cudmore, Director of UCC Innovation
  • Michael Lucey - Patent Attorney and Director Purdy Lucey Intellectual Property
  • Dr Siobhán Jordan - Head of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation at Teagasc
  • Donal Daly - CEO Future Planet and UCC Entrepreneur-In-Residence

Previous Winners

Year Awardee Company
2022 Professor Paul Ross and Professor Colin Hill Adiso Therapeutics
2021 Dr Declan Soden Mirai Medical

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