Universities can make you more future proof
SME engagement with universities has always been a passion. We think it is underestimated how much universities could add to small business and make them more competitive and future proof.
3 universities in a day
As a result, we have been asked by KTI and the Dublin Universities to look at how they engage with small businesses and particularly the ones that normally would not look at universities for ideas and support. We decided to book a bus, try to fill them with owner managers and give them access to 3 universities in one day (16 April). The idea is that this one day will give businesses a flavour of the innovation, research and opportunities that universities have to offer and deliver a informative and interesting day. The day will include a practical information pack, (non academic) speakers, campus tours and breakfast, lunch and drinks reception. As an outcome we expect that some of the business will start engaging. Part of the follow on of the day, will be us supporting and tracking that engagement.
DCU sustainability hub
For example DCU has a sustainability hub. Here is Stephen Daniels, the head of the sustainability hub talking about some of the research:
The hub drives scientific and social science research, technology development and innovation which supports sustainable development in both industry and the environment. Expertise includes advanced manufacturing, environmental monitoring, water technologies and energy systems.
DCU research aims to discover new science and technologies that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. These discoveries will help companies to design sustainable products and services, miniaturise components, source renewable materials, integrate ICT, reduce the cost of production and transport by using alternative low cost energy resources – resulting in more sustainable businesses. Environmental research is focussing on monitoring and managing renewable resources such as water and developing advanced science and technologies to harness new resources for energy. All interesting business opportunities.
Here is Stephen Daniels, the head of the sustainability hub talking about some of the research
Here is a link to event brite if you want to join us http://www.eventbrite.ie/e/visit-3-universities-in-one-day-tickets-15872746813