About Innovation Showcase 2015

The national Innovation Showcase is an ideal networking opportunity for companies in Ireland that want to learn more about collaborative research, development and innovation. This is the second gathering, in one location, of all State-supported research centres and technology centres of scale.

The focus of the event is to discover the supports to grow your business.

If you are an industry and want to find out how you can access innovation supports to grow your business, then come to the Innovation Showcase where you will find everything you need to know on one day, under one roof and all for free!

There is no attendance fee and we strongly recommend that you bring lots of business cards as there will be plenty of networking opportunities.


What to Expect

  • Delegates will discover the wide range of supports available for collaboration with the research community.
  • Keynote industry speakers will deliver engaging presentations describing how their use of supports for research and innovation has improved their business.
  • 12 spin-out companies from research will present their “Big Ideas” centre stage, illustrating the high quality of research happening in Ireland’s Higher Education Institutions.
  • A newly updated version of the Directory of Research Centres and Technology Centres, detailing the range of supports available to facilitate collaboration with the research community, will be launched.

Big Ideas - Investor ready start-ups pitch session

Running in parallel to the networking event is the Big Ideas – investor ready start-ups event. Just before lunch, each of the 12 promoters of new start-ups will take to the centre stage where they will make a brief pitch outlining their technology solutions and business propositions.

If you are an investor and are looking for new start-up companies emerging from State-funded research, then this session is not to be missed. You will have the opportunity to set up meetings with the 12 promoters behind these new start-ups prior to the event. Check out the people behind the Big Ideas under the Big Ideas tab.

Programme - Draft - subject to change

08.30Registration opens. Delegates have the opportunity to explore the Showcase
10.00Welcome and introduction by MC, Paul Cunningham, RTE
10.05Ministerial Official Opening and launch of updated version of the Directory of Research Centres and Technology Centres
10.25Networking time
10.45Ms Julie Sinnamon, CEO Enterprise Ireland, introduces the Big Ideas
10.5012 Big Ideas promoters give a two minute pitch, introduced in turn by MC Paul Cunningham.
11.20Big Ideas promoters and Investors move to the Big Ideas Zone for meetings. 
11.45MC Paul Cunningham introduces 3 industry speakers who will tell their story on how their companies have been positively impacted by availing of the innovation supports for industry
11.48Industry Speaker 1 (TBC)
11.53Industry Speaker 1 (TBC)
11.58Industry Speaker 1 (TBC)
12.03MC Paul Cunningham conducts a “discussion in the round” with the industry speakers
12.20Q & A session
12.30Closing comments
13.00Lunch served
14.00Showcase closes

For further information visit www.innovationshowcase.ie