Improving Corporate Interaction with Universities: the Role of Accelerators and Incubators
In the past the method of choice to promote cooperation between industry and universities was the initiation of a bilateral R&D collaborations. These days, there are many more opportunities. In many instances’ corporates, keen to be involved at a very early stage, enthusiastically use accelerators to get in touch with the wild ideas of students or company founders. In order to extract ideas from universities more quickly into the real world, both industry and the universities establish and use incubators. This panel discussion shall shed light on whether and how this can work.
Tom Flanagan, Director of Enterprise and Commercialisation, University College Dublin, Ireland
Angela Duffy, Venture Investment Leader, NDRC, Ireland,
Stephan Hess, Swiss Technology Brokers GmbH, Switzerland,
Tony Hickson, Chief Business Officer, Cancer Research, UK
Niall Shanley, Wayra UK & IRL Legal Counsel, Telefonica, Ireland