Trinity ‘gateway’ for business will in turn make students more entrepreneurial

28 Mar 2014

Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin has teamed up with IBEC to provide businesses with access to university researchers. The venture will have the added purpose of exposing students to the business world and helping them to think more entrepreneurially.

The new Office of Corporate Partnership and Knowledge Exchange will link enterprise and academia without barriers.

It is part of Trinity’s recently launched Strategy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which is embedding innovation and entrepreneurship throughout the university.

The Office for Corporate Partnership and Knowledge Exchange is part of Trinity Research and Innovation. Trinity’s offices of research, contract, technology transfer, and industry engagement, as well as entrepreneurship supports, will all sit in one unit. That will enable a more streamlined approach to enterprise engagement.

A new front door for iconic university

“The office is a new ‘front door’ that will proactively connect industry and academics,” said Trinity’s provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast.

“Trinity wants to scale our engagement with small businesses and with multinational corporations, especially in Dublin city centre, where many are clustering. We will reach out to the enterprise community to help them build on their existing research activity and create more value-added products and services.

“This, in turn, will help fuel the innovation economy for Ireland,” he said.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years