SPRINT 2020, which is designed to support early stage start-ups, entrepreneurs and UCC-based researchers, has been launched.

Participants will now benefit from support and knowledge on leading technology start-ups, which has been made available through the next phase of Gateway UCC’s Sprint Accelerator Programme. Gateway UCC is part of the UCC Innovation team.

UCC President Prof Patrick O’Shea launched the programme and the keynote speaker for the launch last Friday was Sean O’Sullivan, Managing Partner, SOSV. 

On the day awards were presented to researcher-led technology ventures and participants of the Sprint Programme, namely: SPRINT Rising Star Award: Niamh Creedon, Tyndall; SPRINT Clinical Impact Award: Mark O’Sullivan, INFANT; SPRINT Sustainability Award: Dr Linda Higgins, MaREI; SPRINT Most Investor Ready Award: Dr Alex Jaskic, Tyndall.

GatewayUCC, which supports researcher led start-ups and spin out companies has announced that the companies it has worked with have created 370 jobs since 2012.

The state of the art facility provides a uniquely supportive ecosystem for start-ups through its programme of business supports.

Pre and early stage start-ups will be working with successful business mentors on the SPRINT programme, to help bring their business from idea stage through to the eventual commercialisation of the product or service.

SPRINT has been developed to help companies overcome challenges they may encounter when starting their businesses.