Enabling the Smart Economy....Taking your Research to new HeightsThe Tyndall-led ICGEE and INSPIRE graduate research education programmes are pleased to announce their 2012 Business and Innovation Training, which this year is being organised in partnership with the Innovation Academy.
The event, “Enabling the Smart Economy....Taking your Research to new Heights”, will take place on Wednesday and Thursday September 19–20 in Innovation Academy, 3 Foster Place, College Green, Dublin 2.
Some confirmed speakers include:
Bill Liao, diplomat, investor, entrepreneur, business mentor, philanthropist, author, co-founder of XING and Venture partner at SOS-Ventures.
Anne O'Leary, Entrepreneur, executive chairman Kinematik, chairman, Incident Control Room, Founder & MD at CADCO (sold to C2000)
Gillian Keating, Partner at J.W.O'Donovan and Vice President of Cork Chamber
The training will be of interest to PhD candidates and post-docs of science, engineering, and technology backgrounds who are interested in the transformation of research into successful commercial enterprises. It is generally accepted that the university-technologist mindset is predominantly focused on the “what is possible” that deals with solutions and technology advancements that are faster, smaller, more complex and/or challenging). However, to successfully exploit the outcome of research requires a more customer-centric mindset in which the leading question becomes “what is needed” that puts more emphasis on market analysis, customer value, resource acquisition, pricing and in many cases simplified functionality. To enable and sustain the smart economy requires a research environment in which both questions are asked. This is one of the main reasons for the inclusion of commercialisation and entrepreneurship training in the curricula of most funded graduate research education programmes (GREPs).
In the packed two-day program, a number of business leaders, academics, innovators, and entrepreneurs will explore the importance of accelerating the commercialisation of university-based research. The two day event is designed to inspire a “can-do” attitude in our researchers and for them to seriously consider the commercial outcomes of their work and genuinely endeavour to create a real impact for Irish Society.
This event is free to attend but registration is required to ensure sufficient seating. A small number of bursaries have been made available by the organisers to provide financial assistance towards the cost of travel and accommodation for students travelling to Dublin for the event.