Finding and funding academic entrepreneurs while fixing holes in Ireland’s spin-out ecosystem
Growing evidence suggests our higher education institutions are underachieving when it comes to commercialising research, Ian Campbell reports
While the importance of university research to the Irish economy is widely recognised, opinions vary on how best to commercialise academic innovation and turn good ideas into profitable businesses. In recent months the debate has heated up, fuelled by a series of reports and an event in Cork, the LFDT (Launching Future Disruptive Technologies) Summit, where 300 academics, investors and entrepreneurs spent two days discussing how deep tech research could be better supported.
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