KTI Conference 2017


MC: Conor Brophy, RTE Journalist & Broadcaster
09:30Chris Horn in conversation with Conor Brophy

Entrepreneur and investor Chris Horn will reflect on what he has learned over the years - the good and the bad - in creating and developing successful companies and what innovation means for business performance.

10:00Panel Discussion - Building companies for future success

Moderator: Brendan Cremen

Investors and entrepreneurs share first-hand experience in creating, financing and growing spin-out companies, what they look for when investing their money and their time and why the first tranche of investment is only just the beginning.

Mark Felix, Investment Manager, Dow Venture Capital
Fergal O'Brien, Co-Founder, Surgacoll Technologies
John O'Sullivan, Direvctor, ACT Venture Capital
Alan Phelan, Founder & CEO, SourceDogg

11:00Plenary: Devising MVPs that Persuade Investors

Jeff Skinner, Executive Director, Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, London Business School

11.30Coffee Break/Networking
12:00Panel Discussion - International Trends in Knowledge Transfer

Moderator: Tom Flanagan

This session invites leaders in knowledge transfer from Europe and the US to share their insights into current trends in research commercialisation, industry partnership and impact.

Paul van Dun, Director, KU Research & Development, University of Leuven
David Winwood, Associate Executive Director, Pennington Biomedical Research Centre & Immediate Past President, AUTM
James Zanewicz, Chief Business Officer, Pennington Business Development, Tulane University School of Medicine

13:00New Initiatives: Managed Consultancy

Elizabeth Nolan, Consult UCD

In 2017, a number of Managed Consultancy Serives pilot awards were made under the Enterprise Ireland Technology Transfer Strengthening Initiative (TTSI) programme of funding. UCD was one of the first off the blocks and will explain the purpose of creating such a service offering from a HEI.

13:15Lunch & Networking
14:15Panel Discussion - Industry Insights on Research Collaboration

Moderator: Alison Campbell

R&D industry leaders share experiences of engaging with third-level research, how it has impacted their business and that of their supply chain and the types of engagements and funding that can be accessed to support the needs of the business at different times.

Killian Cawley, Managing Director, PE Labs
Clare Hughes, Managing Director, CF Pharma
John Neilan, Director of Research, Cook Medical

15:15Plenary: Creating a Business Innovation Culture

David Erixon: Head of Digital & Customer Innovation, Ulster Bank & Founder, Hyper Island

15:45Closing Address

John Halligan, TD, Minister for Skills, Training, Innovation, Research & Development.

16:15Tea & Coffee and Networking