UL launches the ‘From Research to Spin Out – the Role of Entrepreneurial and Innovative Thinking’ Programme’

UL launches the ‘From Research to Spin Out – the Role of Entrepreneurial and Innovative Thinking’ Programme’

March 29, 2022

Science, technology and innovation (STI) play a critical role in building more resilient, sustainable and inclusive societies.   Through the transformation of high-quality scientific research into real-world solutions has the potential to stimulate economies, the welfare of societies, improve the wellbeing and health of individuals and provide solutions to the many challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).


In response to the increasing imperative to enable scientists to translate scientific research into commercial application the From Research to Spin Out – The Role of Entrepreneurial and Innovative Thinking programme was developed. This programme, a collaboration between The Technology Transfer Office the Kemmy Business School and Nexus Innovation Centre engages researchers in the research commercialisation process demonstrating how research can be transformed into marketable products, services, processes and spin out companies. It will empower researchers with the entrepreneurial and innovative knowledge and skills set that complement their technical expertise to explore opportunities for innovation and establish start-ups and spinouts. By combining the insights of experienced spin out entrepreneurs, government support agencies, venture capitalists, the programme will generate an important network of supports for researchers and serve to nurture an enhanced innovative research culture across the UL  campus

According to Paul Dillon, Director, Technology Transfer Officer – ‘we are trying to train researchers to enable them to better express their research outputs in the form of tangible products and services that benefit society. This programme is a taster and we hope to generate an entrepreneurial appetite within the research community.’


Further information on the programme can be obtained from Gert O’Rourke (Gert.ORourke@ul.ie ) and Briga Hynes (Briga.Hynes@ul.ie). To register please email gert.orourke@ul.ie.

Pictured at the launch of the event; Prof Norelee Kennedy, VPR, Paul Dillon, TTO Director and Dr. Briga Hynes, Kemmy Business School