Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) student, Laura Langton, recently took part in an entrepreneurial course designed to foster a new class of researcher. The Startup Experience developed by Spin Up Science aims to help researchers build the skills they need to lead, launch, and leverage new ideas into the world.

During the five-day course, researchers work with a pre-incorporation or an early-stage deep technology venture to build a viable business case looking at areas such as technology validation, market landscape, commercial strategy, and business strategy.

The first programme ran in April with exceptional feedback from all involved including PhD student Laura. Laura who graduated from WIT in 2020 with an MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology said, “This course was a fantastic opportunity to get hands on experience working closely with a real client to truly understand their technology and opportunities for it.”  

Spin Up Science is a team of scientists turned innovators who upskilled during their time in spin-offs and start-ups. Their goal is to empower the next generation helping them to develop complementary skills to their technical capability through experiences and workshops such as The Startup Experience.

“We believe that the best way to support entrepreneurs is to build ecosystems where start-ups can thrive,” explained Ben Miles, CEO and Founder of Spin Up Science. “Innovation ecosystems have also been identified as a critical factor in effective research commercialisation. At Spin Up Science our aim is to build ecosystems by creating a critical mass of entrepreneurial researchers, accelerating concepts to companies, empowering start-ups and strengthening connections between academia and the ecosystem.”

Four academic institutions WIT, Maynooth University, IT Carlow and Athlone IT have come together to bring this UK based programme to Ireland under the Knowledge Transfer Ireland run Technology Transfer Strengthening Initiative. “We are pleased to be able to offer this innovative course to our postgraduate population to allow them achieve enhanced commercial outputs from their research”, said Dr James O’Sullivan RTTP of the WIT Technology Transfer Office.

The next series of the Start Up Experience course will take place 21 – 25 June and 12 – 16 July. Find out more at www.spin-up.science/startup-experience.