The innovation bus left this Tuesday, with 40 small business from a wide variety of sectors, visiting UCD, DCU and Trinity College.
On the day the companies explored the opportunities that universities have to offer in areas such as funding, research, knowledge transfer and innovation, and covered areas of interest the companies have requested such as sensors, e-learning, RFID, cloud computing, data analytics, 3D printing, monitoring systems, food, health, etc.
The companies visited over 8 research centres, made the necessary connections and started the process of engaging with academia and add value to their businesses.
The feedback has been fantastic
- “whirlwind tour of the 3 universities”
- “it was brilliant to see all the different facilities available in each university”
- “great day”
- “would never thought about doing this if it wasn’t for the bus”
Ron Immink of Platinum event (and Smallbusinesscan); “We wanted it to make as easy as possible for small businesses to start engaging with universities, but also to illustrate what a wonderful source of innovation and opportunity universities are. It is a win-win, universities can transfer knowledge and IP and businesses that normally do not engage with universities will become more innovative, add more value to their business and the economy. This was a very successful pilot and we will be doing more”.
The campus bus tour is a joint initiative with the UCD Innovation academy, Invent-DCU, Knowledge Transfer Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Smallbusinesscan and Trinity College organised by Platinum Event.
The next bus will be leaving soon. Register your interest here