NDRC & partners kick off five-month pre-commercialisation programme

NDRC, which builds and invests in early stage digital and technology startups, has welcomed a cohort of researchers onto its 2018 Pre-Commercialisation Programme supported by Enterprise Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland.

The Pre-Commercialisation Programme aims to prepare researchers to focus beyond academia and help them to transition their intellectual activities into the marketplace.

14 teams of researchers descended on NDRC’s Dublin base this week, with participants from two SFI Research Centres – Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC) and CONNECT Centre, Dublin Institute of Technology, Waterford Institute of Technology, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, University of Limerick, Maynooth University, Trinity College Dublin and Dublin City University.

The programme, which runs for five months, will see the teams develop key business skills, explore ways to commercialise deep research and, ultimately, connect academic researchers with the technological, entrepreneurial and business communities within the startup ecosystem.

Now in its third year, the programme plays a key role in NDRC’s mandate to ensure digital entrepreneurship is a growing and vibrant part of the economy. For participants, it plays a crucial role in progressing them on to next stage funding on the path to commercialising their research.

Ben Hurley, CEO, NDRC said:

“NDRC is delighted to welcome these teams onto our pre-commercialisation programme. With universities and institutes involved from Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Waterford and Kildare, this is a programme with national reach. We are particularly pleased to welcome four female-led teams on this year’s cohort.  The quality of previous participants has proven just how vibrant the research ecosystem is and we expect it to be no different this time. What is of paramount importance, now, is to help turn these pieces of research into viable, scalable businesses.”

(Featured image:  Shane O’Neill/SON Photographic)

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