WIT Hosts EU Forum on Enhancing the Impact of University and Industry Relations


KTFORCE project aims at improving innovation policies and practices by focusing on Knowledge Transfer between academia and industry through the themes of technology licensing, entrepreneurship, spin-off creation and university-industry-relations. The objective of the forum is to engage with international experts and practitioners to determine practical ways of enhancing university-industry interactions. The focus will be on generating and discussing ideas, opinions and propositions on improving the effectiveness of University-Industry interactions, specifically in relation to developing sustainable regional economies and increasing regional competitiveness.

The international visitors from Portugal, France, Germany, Romania, and Lithuania heard and experienced first-hand practice and policy approaches through a series guests speakers including Maria Oliveria from Porto University in Portugal, Dr Declan Curren from Dublin City University, Dr. Paddy Byrne from Enterprise Ireland, Prof. Bill O’ Gorman from the Centre for Enterprise & Regional Economy at WIT and Sean Kelly MEP for Ireland South who also contributed to the debate via a video link.

The International visitors also met Waterford’s youngest entrepreneur Jordan Casey who is CEO of Casey Games Inc and the youngest ios app developer in Europe. Jordan started writing code at the age of nine. The 14 year old, whose video game Alien Ball Vs. Humans went to the top of various app charts spoke about his experiences in the coding programme CodorDojo and the international events he has attended such as the Digital Agenda Assembly in Dublin Castle and TED Talks to the Cannes Lions Festival for Creativity in Communications and the Apple Store in New York, as well as speaking to leaders and entrepreneurs in Germany and India. The international visitors also met with a number of local companies including SCHIVO Precision Engineering and WIT based spin-outs such a FeedHenry where discussions were based on how WIT and its relations with industry has supported and helped these regional based companies

For further information on the project, contact Dr. Valerie Brett, CEDRE, WIT, at [email protected]  or Mr Terry O’Brien, EU Projects Manager, South-East Regional Authority at [email protected].


Pictured from l-r: Dr. Valerie Brett, Center for Enterprise Development and Region Economy (CEDRE) at WIT, Dr. Paddy Byrne, Enterprise Ireland, Dr. Declan Curran, DCU,  Dr. Tom O'Toole, Head of the School, School of Business, WIT, Maria Oliveria, Director of KT Force Project and Executive Director of UTEN from the University of Porto, Portugal.

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