When Science Met Business
When Science met Business was held in ArcLabs, Waterford Institute of Technology on Friday 8th June 2018. The Southern Regional Assembly held the event, in association with the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC), during which exciting research, emerging from our third level institutes and research centres was highlighted. Cutting edge examples of academia and industry collaborations, from ‘Fit-Bit’ for Cows to Intelligent Transport systems, a virtual reality glove with possible market opportunity for use by people effected by Parkinson’s Disease/Stroke. With many other award-winning examples described, we can be assured of the creativity residing in our knowledge economy region.
Prof. Bill O’Gorman, Director for Research, Business Management and Organisation School, WIT, addressing the event noted the “wealth of talent on the panel of esteemed speakers, acknowledged the supports provided through the ERDF programme and the expertise and guidance afforded the researchers through the Science Foundation Ireland and Enterprise Ireland led co-funded schemes”.
Fundamental to the ERDF co-funded regional programme that the Southern Regional Assembly manages, is an impetus to impact positively on job creation, while fostering entrepreneurship and consolidating and building on the Research, Development and Innovation expertise in the region. Providing supports to strengthen the links between HEI research and industry.
This event allowed us to showcase exemplar projects from SFI CONNECT Research Centre, SmartHerd, Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG), Liquidedge, Tyndall National Institute, Software as a service solution for Banking, Regulatory, Compliance and Risk, University College Cork; Electrical Analytics Technology Ltd, Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR), and the SEAM Centre, WIT.
Cllr. Larry O’Brien, Cathaoirleach of the Assembly told the assembled audience that “we are proud of the work we do in the Assembly, we don’t wish to hide our light under a bushel. All that we achieve in relation to this aspect of the regional programme is as a result of our partners, Enterprise Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland”.
Stephen Blair, Director referring to the “impressive resource of third level institutes and research centres in the region, commended the work they continue to engage in with their industry partners, the collaboration which is paying dividends in multiples, strengthens the region, as a location of choice, in which to invest, work and live”.
Professor Andrew Zacharakis, Babson College Key Note Speaker speaking to the entrepreneur in all present and describing his ‘Star of Success’ said “now more than ever, the world needs entrepreneurs of all kinds who think and act entrepreneurially—who can transform opportunity into reality, and create social and economic value for themselves and for others”.