2013 saw a marked increase in the level of engagement between companies and all Irish publicly-funded research performing organisations (RPOs), including universities and the institutes of technology, according to Knowledge Transfer Ireland. The first KTI annual report published on the23 October 2014 shows a 15% increase in the number of external clients that engaged with research performing organisations in 2013, resulting in 1,598 engagement agreements, up 9% on the previous year.
The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD has launched the Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards 2015. This is part of a major drive aimed at tapping into the potential for students and young people to turn their entrepreneurial ideas into commercial businesses. This is a great opportunity for ambitious and enterprising third level students to build a real-world business venture and at the same time be in with a chance to win a prize from the overall €35,000 cash prize fund, which includes a €10,000 first prize, as well as a €30,000 consultancy fund.
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, and Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English TD today announced Government and industry funding of €245 million for the establishment of five new world-class SFI Research Centres in Ireland. The funding of €155 million from the Department of Jobs will be delivered through Science Foundation Ireland's (SFI) Research Centres Programme, coupled with €90 million in cash and in-kind contributions from industry partners. The funding will support cutting-edge research in critical and emerging sectors of the economy which are key for job creation in Ireland. The funding will be provided over the next six years, 2014-2020.
A new plan aimed at creating an extra 93,000 jobs from start-up companies in the next five years was today launched by Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton TD together with Minister of State for Business and Employment Ged Nash TD and Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English TD. Today's launch took place in Liffey Trust, a vibrant community-based enterprise centre in Dublin's inner city, where the Ministers met a range of dynamic start-ups in the food and tech sectors to discuss what Government can do to support more entrepreneurs.
Today 15th September, the SmartAgriFood accelerator officially launched a Ã¢ÂÂ¬4 million open call for SMEs and web-entrepreneurs to develop a new generation of smart agriculture applications and services building on FIWARE technology. These new ICT products will be designed for use by farmers and food producers to help them increase productivity while minimising their environmental footprint. Intelligent machines, sensor networks, and smart ICT are important ingredients for the future of farming!
The biggest startup community in the world want to keep growing. The Corfo (Chilean Economic Development Agency) program, has just opened a new application process from September 2nd to September 30th, where entrepreneurs from all over the world, may join the greatest revolution led by Start-Up Chile.