our partners & Collaborators 

TECHSTARS

Founded in 2006 in Boulder, Colorado‚ Techstars runs some of the top accelerator programs in the United States for entrepreneurial technology companies and technology entrepreneurs. Each year we run programs in the United States in Boulder, Seattle, Boston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, Austin, San Antonio and Chicago, as well as London, Berlin, Tel Aviv, and Cape Town.

The Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator Program is an intensive three-month program that will give the entrepreneur participants a chance to develop business relationships to build their companies. Participants will have access to a significant group of mentors who can help the entrepreneurs accelerate their business growth. Our mentors include investors, seasoned entrepreneurs, and executives from a broad range of businesses. The program will culminate with an opportunity for the participants to attend a “Demo Day” event, where participants will have the opportunity to present their business plan and ideas to investors, venture capital groups, executives and others, in an effort to raise funds to continue building their companies.


Stanley Black & Decker

For the builders and protectors, for the makers and explorers, for those shaping and reshaping our world through hard work and inspiration, Stanley Black & Decker provides the tools and innovative solutions you can trust to get the job done—and we have since 1843.

You repair your home and car with the tools we provide. Your car and your phone are secured with our fasteners. The things you value most can be protected by our security systems. And the roads you drive on, the bridges you cross, the energy you consume, all of these most likely came to you via one of our infrastructure systems.

University College Dublin

University College Dublin has its origins in the mid-nineteenth century under the leadership of the renowned educationalist John Henry Cardinal Newman. Since its foundation in 1854, the University has flourished and made a unique and substantial contribution to the creation of modern Ireland, based on successful engagement with Irish society on every level and across every sphere of activity.

UCD is one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities; an environment where undergraduate education, masters and PhD training, research, innovation and community engagement form a dynamic spectrum of activity.

The international standing of UCD has grown in recent years; it is currently ranked within the top 1% of institutions world-wide. UCD is also Ireland’s most globally engaged university with over 30,000 students drawn from over 120 countries, and includes 5,500 students based at locations outside of Ireland. The University’s main Dublin campus occupies an extensive parkland estate of more than 130 hectares and offers world-leading facilities including the UCD O’Brien Centre for Science, UCD Sutherland School of Law, UCD Lochlan Quinn School of Business and UCD Student Centre.

As Ireland’s largest university, with its great strength and diversity of disciplines, UCD embraces its role to contribute to the flourishing of Ireland; through the study and discussion of people, society, business, economy, culture, languages and the creative arts, as well as through research and innovation. The University’s Strategy 2015-2020 outlines the objectives and major strategic initiatives set in place in order to accomplish UCD’s mission and vision for this era.


The Rapid Foundation

The Rapid Foundation project is a charitable project aimed at empowering people around the world by giving them access and training to disruptive technologies, enabling them to create and innovate to solve their own problems.

The project shifts the status quo of the traditional methods of delivering western aid to developing countries. Traditional aid projects will send technology and expertise to a location for a short period of time, implement ideas then leave, thus removing most of the technology and expertise until the next trip. We believe this is inherently unfair, as the local people can only influence these projects, not lead them, stifling creativity and imposing western world solutions in non-western countries. The Rapid Foundation changes this completely, by supplying technology and training directly to local people, facilitated by an overseas or local volunteer, then we allow the projects to be fully run by local people, encouraging them to spread their knowledge, train other locals and utilise the provided technologies to create, innovate and develop solutions to their own problems. To date the equipment deployed to developing countries has been purchased and owned by the foundation itself.  So far a number of overseas trials have been undertaken, and the equipment returned to Dublin for evaluation (links to local 3D printing resources in Universities etc. were established to augment the access to 3D printing technologies).


SmartLab

The aim of the SMARTlab is to work across sectors and disciplines to instigate and support positive cultural change. SMARTlab insists upon an ethical and socially responsible community collaboration model, which informs and enriches the academic domain by encouraging teams of artists and cultural sector creatives to work closely across disciplinary boundaries to invent new models and tools to research, learn, and influence. This model has made real impact, since the early 1990s, helping to change the academy from within and enabling many more women, artists, open source advocates, ‘non-standard’ learners and people with disabilities (physical and/or intellectual) to gain the highest level of ‘credit’ for their practical work and scholarship, so that, once they have gained their own PhDs, they can help to shape new models of inclusive, applied practice-based research so that it can transform the university sector from within.

The SMARTlab Practice-based PhD Programme has consistently graduated successful PhDs, who have gone on to lead major institutions and labs worldwide.

Science Gallery International

Science Gallery is an award-winning international initiative pioneered by Trinity College Dublin that delivers a dynamic new model for engaging 15–25 year olds with science. Through a cutting-edge programme of exhibitions and experiences that ignite creativity and discovery where science and art collide, Science Gallery encourages young people to learn through their interests. The Global Science Gallery Network was launched in 2012 with the support of founding partner Google.org, and the aim of establishing Science Gallery locations in eight cities around the world by 2020. The network is supported by Science Gallery International.

Printastic Project

The Printastic Project was founded in 2016 to directly tackle the issue of waste plastics in the marine environment. The team’s practical approach to problem solving, inspired them to try and directly recycling and produce materials with this “Waste” material. After a number of successful investigatory experiments with 3D printing systems, the founders decided that to truly tackle the issue of plastic waste on a global scale, a low tech approach would maximise the potential impact of the idea.Analysis of the issue of marine waste was undertaken, which identified numerous issues to be tackled (variety of materials, complex disassembly, low material values), and assessment of current beach clean and waste collection methodologies assessed together with the plastic migration into our waterways. Research showed that to effectively address the issue of marine/plastic waste citizen engagement and small scale industrial solutions are key. This resulted in the development of the protocols, systems and products, all of which are to encourage citizens uptake in the reuse and collection of marine and plastic waste materials. This new crowd sourced sharing approach, is a real innovative step in tackling the issue, by increasing available manpower and fostering awareness among citizens.

From this collaboration was formed with the Irish Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, and subsequently supported by An Taisce (The environmental education unit of the Irish government).

The Printastic project aims to dramatically reduce the deluge of plastic waste into our waterways, oceans and environment through the creation of valuable materials and products from plastic waste.

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