If you are involved in a research project in a Higher Education Institute and there is potential for commercial exploitation via a spin-out company, our Commercialisation Specialists will work with the research team and the college Technology Transfer Office to nurture and develop that spin-out to the point where it can be classed as an Enterprise Ireland High Potential Start-Up (HPSU) company and considered for financial investment from the Enterprise Ireland Innovative HPSU Fund.
If you are looking for some inspiration and want to know more about how many spin-out companies have emerged from higher education institutes, read the latest update on outputs from the technology transfer system [pdf format].
Enterprise Ireland offers a range of supports to spin-out companies including:
Spin-out companies need to a supportive environment for the initial years of the company’s existence. We have funded both business and bio-incubation centres on college campuses across Ireland which can provide an ideal environment for spin-out companies. Go to Start-up Incubation Space to learn more.
Our Business Partners Programme can match you with experienced entrepreneurs interested in joining the spin-out company’s management team.
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High Potential Start-Up (HPSU) Support
The Enterprise Ireland High Potential Start-Up Team works with the leading Irish technology start-ups spinning out of industry, college research and overseas entrepreneurs locating in Ireland. The HPSU Team provide advice, connections, feasibility assistance and investment to start-up companies with the potential to create jobs and export sales. Go to Starting a High Potential Export Business to learn more.
Introductions to Private Investors
Enterprise Ireland can arrange for you to meet potential private investors and venture capital investors by way of one one-to-one introductions. Go to Sources of Equity Finance to learn more.
Annual Events Showcasing Licensing Opportunities and Spin-outs
Enterprise Ireland host two major annual events for college researcher interested in commercialising their research. These events are attended by researchers, venture capitalists, angel and private investors, entrepreneurs, innovators, international and Irish business executives.
The Applied Research Forum event provides a complete overview of the technology transfer system in Ireland and offers attendees an insight into how basic research is translated into new technologies and companies. The event also profiles college research projects and licensing opportunities.
The Big Ideas Showcase presents the spin-outs and commercial opportunities emerging from Ireland's higher education institutes.