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SETU Technology Transfer Office (TTO) held an engaging event on 1 February to bring together industry representatives with our Enterprise Ireland (EI) Technology Gateways to showcase and communicate the benefits of the EI Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund.

The Technology Transfer Office hosted SETU DTIF Industry Day on 1st February 2024. Up to 70 internal and external stakeholders of SETU from across the south east attended the event, which provided insightful information on how DTIF can accelerate business innovation.

Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF) is a €500 million challenge-based fund established under Project Ireland 2040. It is one of four funds under the National Development Plan (NDP) 2018-2027. It is managed by the Department of Enterprise, Trade, and Employment and administered by Enterprise Ireland.

An objective of the DTIF is to support enterprises in Ireland to exploit the enterprise opportunities associated with Disruptive Technologies by de-risking collaborative projects, and to support enterprises in Ireland to collaborate in order to engage with and be prepared for challenges associated with new disruptive technologies that will have a transformative impact on the way we work and live in the future.

Acting VP of Research, Innovation and Impact, Dr Thomas O’Toole opened the event, and Dr James O’Sullivan, Head of Innovation and Commercialisation, addressed the research capabilities and support that SETU has to offer. The event was moderated by Dr Aisling O’Neill, SETU Arclabs Innovation Center Manager. Enterprise Ireland regional director Martin Corkery was present to show support, and Senior specialists from the Enterprise Ireland DTIF team delivered an overview of the DTIF programme. Attendees also heard presentations from Peter Conlon, Director of MaynoothWorks, and Taoglas Ltd who have benefitted from the DTIF in the past.

Our four technology gateways; PMBRC, SEAM, ICS at Walton Institute, and Design+ were represented at the event, where Liam Fitzgerald, Eoghan O' Donoghue, Niall O' Reilly, and Richard Whyte showcased the gateways research capabilities and supports available in SETU.”