R2i-2017 provided the platform for innovative researchers to pitch their innovation successes to a wide spectrum of interested and potential supporters.
In four sessions, each kicked off by a prominent Keynote, 21 researchers presented their innovation achievements and made their pitches for support to the business attendees present. The healthy attendance from business and industry, including the Keynote presenters showed keen interest in the researchers’ offerings. Private rooms were available for one-to-one discussions to engage with innovators to take up promising innovations into further development or exploitation.
Dr Tom Rowbotham, IEEE Life Fellow, Partner at Vesbridge Venture Capital
Tom gave guidance on how to prepare & seek business funding.
Stephen McNulty, Chief Executive Officer, AmbiSense
Stephen spoke about his experience as an entrepreneur, identifying a market opportunity and working with university researchers to spin-out AmbiSense.
Géraldine Andrieux Gustin, CEO of Blumorpho
Géraldine addressed innovation acceleration and business creation.
Gerry Maguire, Partner, Atlantic Bridge Capital
Atlantic Bridge invests in technology companies in Europe, the US and China.
The event was a success and will be repeated. Quoting an attendee”
“It was a very informative, enjoyable and superbly run event. I was very impressed with the pitchers’ presentations and thought the keynotes were really excellent – we should have videoed it!”
This was an IEEE UK and Ireland Action for Industry event jointly organized by the Industry team, Dublin City University (DCU), CPMT Chapter, and SSIT Chapter with support also from iNEMI: Patrick McNally, DCU; Chris Bailey, CPMT Chapter; Grace O,Malley CPMT and iNEMI; Paul Cunningham, SSIT Society; Nihal Sinnadurai, IEEE Action for Industry.
Special thanks to Dublin City University Invent and STEP Research Admin who managed the organization superbly: Carolyn Hughes, DCU Invent; Liz O’Connor, DCU STEP Admin.