Seminar 4: Funding / Finance / Tax / Legal, Product Development, Commercialisation

  • AM Session : FUNDING / FINANCE / TAX / LEGAL [moderated by Mark Regan – Regan Solicitors]
    • March 3, 2016
      • 9:45 am - 10:00 amMark Regan & Alison Gray - Managing Partner, Regan Solicitors & Associate Partner, BCK Presentation Title: Tax allowances, grants and assistance for R&D
      • 10:00 am - 10:15 amJennifer Brennan - Horizon 2020 National Contact Point, IUAPresentation Title: “MSC Actions: Access key to European Research Funding”. Presentation Synopsis: “The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions in Horizon 2020 represent a significant opportunity for research-active organisations to secure European research funding, with a strong focus on collaboration between the private sector and academia. The MSC Actions fund all areas of research from science, engineering and technology through to social sciences, humanities and business. This talk will summarise the various funding streams under the MSC Actions, helping organisations to identify the best funding for their needs. It will include a particular focus on the new Society and Enterprise Fellowships, a dedicated funding stream for fully-funded 2-year research fellowships based in the private or voluntary sector.”
      • 10:20 am - 10:50 amCoffee Break and Networking
      • 10:50 am - 11:05 amColm Beckett - Researcher, IT CarlowPresentation Title: The Financial Supply Chain: Collaborative Approaches to Working Capital Management Presentation Synopsis: Supply Chain Management is often said to be the management of three flows: materials, information and money. Collaboration among supply chain partners to optimise flows of materials and information have contributed to some major advancements over the last half century. Until recently, however, collaboration to improve financial flows has been neglected in both industry and academic research. The study makes a contribution to this underexplored area by seeking perspectives from financial services providers, manufacturing companies and logistics & SCM companies.
      • 11:05 am - 11:20 amDerek Henry - Partner, Head of R&D Tax Services, BDOPresentation Title: Life Cycle Funding for R&D Projects- From Inception to Exploitation. Presentation Synopsis: The talk will briefly discuss the various sources of funding for each phase of an R&D project such as: 1. EI grants 2. SFI 3. LEO 4. EIS schemes both private placement and fund options 5. Traditionally banking 6. Development capital 7. VC 8. Listing 9. Sale
      • 11:20 am - 11:35 amJim Fitzsimons – Fusion Consultant, Intertrade IrelandPresentation Title: Research and Innovation programmes of Intertrade Ireland. Presentation Synopsis: Jim has helped Irish and overseas companies to access funds for research and expansion from Intertrade Ireland. In this presentation he will outline a large number of innovation funding programmes available to manufacturing and service companies from the cross border trade promotion body. He will give a brief practical tour of the processes involved in application, likelihood of success in each and share his ideas on how best to proceed whether you are a start-up, SME or large company. He will also give some guidance notes on what assessors are looking for in the various funding programmes.
      • 11:35 am - 11:50 amAdrian Walker & Andrew O’Reilly – R&D Tax Director, DeloittePresentation title: Innovation and the Incentives Landscape Presentation synopsis: This talk will be about the how R&D investment in Ireland and how the various incentives that are available can be utilised to aid companies in their pursuit of improved products and processes.
      • 11:50 am - 12:05 pmDan Maher - CEO, Nua VenturePresentation Title: New Venture Funding Dynamics Presentation Synopsis: Blind enthusiasm for a new venture as an early-stage high-tech start-up, or innovation project within a division of an established company, needs to be balanced with pragmatism and solid logic. In this session participants will explore the dynamics of creating, funding and growing new innovative ventures, and receive practical frameworks to allow them to think holistically, yet creatively, in evaluating their fundability.
      • 12:05 pm - 12:20 pmJustin Sinnott - Enterprise Programmes Manager, Irish Research CouncilPresentation Title: ENTERPRISE PROGRAMMES – Funding Support for early stage researchers Presentation Synopsis: Justin will be giving an overview of the Irish Research Council’s enterprise programmes.
      • 12:20 pm - 1:20 pmLunch and Networking
      • 1:20 pm - 1:35 pmJames Kennedy - Manager, Research and Development Tax Credit Group, Mazars IrelandPresentation Title: Developing an artificial meniscus from Concept to Commercialisation-Would this qualify for R&D tax credits? Presentation Synopsis: With increased demands on Industry to develop the next generation of projects, often the issue of R&D tax credits is the last thing on the mind of the development team. This presentation looks at how the development of a device evolved from an academic environment and subsequent pitfalls which occurred. The presentation will include relevant information about R&D tax credits from the view point of an engineer.
      • 1:35 pm - 1:50 pmArran Dowling-Hussey - Editor Construction, Engineering & Energy Law Journal of IrelandPresentation Title: TBA Presentation Synopsis: TBA
      • 1:50 pm - 2:05 pmLisa White - Co - Founder and Managing Partner, WHITE ANDREETTOLeading Innovation in a Post-Heroic World"
      • 2:05 pm - 2:20 pmMichele Keogh - Business Development Manager within TransfermatePresentation Title: A Smarter Way to Send and Receive International Payments
    PM Session : PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, COMMERCIALISATION
    • March 3, 2016
      • 2:25 pm - 2:55 pmCoffee Break and Networking
      • 3:05 pm - 3:20 pmPatrick Hall - Product designer,MaddisonPresentation Title: Accelerating Product Development Presentation Synopsis: Project planning for the real world – How to manage projects in a fast moving environment Keeping complex projects on-track – Balancing technology and usability How events conspire to derail your plans – What can go wrong and how to deal with it Dealing with technical risk – Innovating within time and budget
      • 3:20 pm - 3:35 pmDr. John Scanlan - Director of Commercialisation, Maynooth UniversityPresentation Title: How your company can benefit from knowledge transfer partnerships with Universities Presentation Synopsis: Recent developments in national policies and associated research funding represent significant opportunities for companies to leverage wide supports from Universities. Companies that engage in terms of research and development programs avail of significant EI / SFI / H2020 and other supports and can add additional benefits offered by incentives such as the Knowledge Development Box. In addition to research collaboration, companies avail of consultancy services across broad sectors of expertise and avail of state-of-art services and facilities. The pressure on universities to engage with companies and to help them develop and commercialise new ideas has resulted in significant changes in the profiles and activities of Irish universities.
      • 3:35 pm - 3:50 pmAlan Costello - Innovation SpecialistPresentation Title: The Startup with/versus the Corporate? Presentation Synopsis: In 1980 there were <12 accelerators/incubators associated with large corporates in the US:Today there are >8000. Corporates are being attacked by new company offerings with faster and more direct channels to market and satisfying thinner (to begin with) market niches. Can there by a symbiosis or are startups creating a new state of disruptive innovation? We explore the current status quo and ask questions about partnering opportunity and risks
      • 3:50 pm - 4:05 pmRobert Dunne – CEO, GlycoSelectPresentation Title: From spin out to success – GlycoSeLect travels through the “valley of death”. Presentation Synopsis: It is estimated that 84% of companies spun out from Universities fail before they achieve financial break-even point. This is the “valley of death” so called by professional investors. GlycoSeLect is in this phase of company development. I will share our experience and hope to help other companies avoid our mistakes.
      • 4:05 pm - 4:20 pmDarren Louet Feisser - Louet Woods Products www.SourcingProductDesign.com Presentation Title: TBA Presentation Synopsis: TBA