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About TechInnovate

TechInnovate is a forum which combines resources to catalyse and lead technology innovation by:

  • Delivering the next generation of specially trained Fellows and skilled graduates to the technology marketplace.
  • Identifying new product development opportunities.
  • Providing, developing and proposing commercial opportunities to move an identified domain need forward.
  • Provide research opportunities and spin-out companies in collaboration with domain experts and partnering companies.
  • Building a technology innovation ecosystem that can deliver internationally.

TechInnovate aims to provide unparalleled access to Ireland's leading academic researchers, domain and industry experts while the activity is underpinned by world-class facilities available through the support network. TechInnovate offers two core programmes of activity: the Fellowship Programme and the Industry Training workshops.

Innovation Taskforce Report and Innovation 2020

The impetus for the development of this Fellowship Programme has emerged from the Innovation Taskforce Report (section 8.5) [1] which made recommendations inter alia on how to embed product design teaching and research in Ireland's engineering schools and how to shift design education in Ireland to a model where creativity and innovation in product design are encouraged. Within recommendation 8.5 from the Innovation Taskforce Report, it was advised that an industry-higher education institutes (HEI) advisory group on new product design and development be formed to provide a forum for Irish industry, HEIs, professional bodies and Government to agree a national agenda and roadmap for product design and development. The BioInnovate Ireland Fellowship Programme was created as a result of these recommendations, which in turn inspired the development of TechInnovate.

ICT is one of six main enterprise themes highlighed in the Government's "Innovation 2020" strategy document for R&D, science and technology [2], and the document highlights the need to support innovation-driven entrepreneurship in Ireland.

[1] Innovation Taskforce Report, Department of the Taoiseach, Dublin, Ireland, March 2010, ISBN 9781406424966

[2] Innovation 2020 Strategy Document, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Dublin, Ireland, December 2015 [Link]