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Forbairt Ghairme & Taighde Scileanna UCD

Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Postdoctoral Researchers

The current economic environment requires a step-change in how Ireland delivers.  This is relevant across all aspects of society and includes education, products, services and government.  Establishing creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship as core elements of this step-change is pivotal to success. 

Innovation Ireland - Report of the Innovation Taskforce

''Innovation increasingly, will occurr at the margins of disciplines.  There are great opportunities to be grasped by merging the potential of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences with scientific possibilities.  By sharing diverse ideas, insights and approaches we can make the greatest progress in meeting a range of social and economic challenges.''

UCD Innovation is running three sessions in the Autumn for postdoctoral researchers who are interested in the area of innovation and entrepreneurship.


1. Innovation in Research Lunchtime Seminar - 8 November 2012 (13.00-14.00)

If you are currently in a postdoctoral position in UCD and are thinking about your career path, come along to this seminar.  We will discuss the answers to some of these questions:

  • Why is innovation relevant to a career in research in academia and industry?
  • What can you learn in UCD about innovation and commercialisation that will be valuable in your career?
  • What happens if you have an invention and you think it has a commercial application?
  • Have other researchers been involved in commercialisation of research and how did it go?

2. NovaUCD Campus Company Development Awards - 20 November 2012 (16.30-20.00)

This is the final awards event of the programme that stared in the Spring.  The aim of the Campus Company Development Programme (CCDP) is to assist academic and research entrepreneurs in the establishment and development of knowledge-intensive enterprises to commercialise the output of their research and other innovative ideas.  In many cases these are postdoctoral researchers and this showcase event, will involve the project teams presenting their projects and a winner will be selected by an independent evaluation panel made up of representatives from NovaUCD's network and sponsors.  Projects will be evaluated based on the progress made during the course of the programme through presentations made to the panel at the beginning and end of the programme and on their business plan. 

For further on the CCDP and a short video on the programme please use this link: ??

3. What to do if you have a business idea?  - 6 December 2012 (14.00-16.30)

This workshop will take you through the steps involved in taking an idea to market.  It will address issues including:

  • What problem does your technology solve and who is the potential customer
  • What do you need to consider from an intellectual property perspective
  • What is a business plan and how to approach development of the plan
  • Things to consider when setting up a campus company.

If you are interested in any of these events, please email