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Dr Bryan Roche (right), CEO, Raise Your IQ (NUI Maynooth), is pictured here with Sean Sherlock TD, Minister for Research and Innovation, and Deirdre Glenn, Enterprise Ireland Director of Manufacturing, Engineering and Energy Commercialisation, at the Big Ideas Showcase in Dublin

Big Ideas Showcase 2012 was held in the Aviva Stadium on the 28th November, 2012. The event showcased the latest collection of twenty investment opportunities, each with its own merits and business potential.

This was the largest gathering of inventors and investors in the country, it was a showcase for entrepreneurial and commercially focused researchers to present their ideas and investment opportunities and vie for the attention of over 300 potential investors and business partners.

The Minister for Research and Innovation, Sean Sherlock TD, introduced 19 new inventions to the audience. Among the ‘Big Ideas’ pitched to potential investors at the event are technologies that can:

  • Raise Your IQ
  • Reduce the Cost of Thoroughbred Horse Breeding
  • Improve Hygiene in Hospitals
  • Reduce Hot Water Bills by 50%
  • Prevent thieves from counterfeiting.

Addressing the audience of investors, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and representatives from Irish and multinational companies, Minister Sherlock said: ‘This event is about turning publicly-funded research into companies, spin-outs, intellectual property and jobs.  It’s about cultivating the investment by the taxpayer in our third level institutions, and harvesting the rewards’.

Minister Sherlock also presented the Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Awards to three individuals who have presented at similar events in the past and gone on to successfully establish a commercial research spin-out company.

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Dr Alan Holland: Winner of the Enterprise Ireland ICT Commercialisation Award:

Dr Alan Holland received this award in recognition of his success in bringing his publicly funded research idea from University College Cork into business reality, through the start up company – Keelvar.  The company developed and launched ‘smart’ procurement software which can find substantial cost savings for public sector and other large clients.

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Professor Dolores O’Riordan: Winner of the Enterprise Ireland Lifescience Commercialisation Award:

Professor Dolores O’Riordan, Deputy Director at UCD’s Institute of Food and Health, received this award for her contribution to innovation in the food sector through collaboration with industry. She is Principal Investigator in the collaborative research centre Food for Health Ireland and has been instrumental in developing a new strategy for University College Dublin to facilitate establishing industry partnerships for food product development.

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Stephen Daniels: Winner of the Enterprise Ireland Manufacturing, Engineering and Energy Commercialisation Award:

Stephen Daniels, Senior Lecturer in the School of Electronic Engineering at DCU, received this award for his outstanding entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to commercialising research.  Stephen was instrumental in the formation of several technology businesses including Arann Healthcare Ltd, Qualflow Systems Ltd, Lexas Research and Sonex Metrology.  As well as his post at DCU, Stephen leads a multidisciplinary research team in plasma technology and energy systems.

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