Queen’s University of Belfast is renowned for its innovation strengths and has been ranked as the UK's #1 university for commercialising research for two consecutive years (2019 & 2020). Innovation programmes play an increasingly important role in accelerating the translation of research into commercial and societal impact.
Queen’s successfully delivers high-impact programmes across the island of Ireland, UK and Europe, for many of the key innovational agencies in those territories. From university focused research-to-commercialisation programmes, challenge-led programmes for specific sectors or scale-up innovation programmes for existing SMEs, Queen's, along with a vast network of partners, industry experts and mentors, is helping to build a innovation eco-system that is designed to tackle the urgent global, national and local economic & societal challenges we face.
Our vision at Innovation Programmes is to help researchers make an impact outside of the lab by bridging the gap between university research and the market. Our market discovery programmes are designed to support researchers refine and validate the commercial potential of their business idea, assess their product-market fit and receive feedback on their business readiness. We are passionate about building the foundations of sustainable businesses that will make a long-lasting impact on society.
PROGRAMMES NOW OPEN!
12 week full-time programme with up to £35,000 funding available to help research teams get out of the lab and explore the commercial potential of their research/technology. Applications close on Feb 9, 2024.
The Seedbed Incubator is a 6 month equity-free programme, which identifies and validates the commercial potential of Europe’s most promising IP-backed innovations, to launch sustainable and scalable Agrifood Tech ventures across Europe. Applications close on Feb, 2024.
12 week full-time programme with up to £35,000 funding available to help bioscience research teams get out of the lab and explore the commercial potential of their research/technology. Applications close on March 19, 2024.
In close partnership with the Commercial Development and QUBIS Teams, our Innovation Programmes Team has been the driving force behind numerous initiatives. These efforts have not only led to valuable licensed opportunities but have also ignited the creation of innovative start-ups, fuelling the remarkable growth of Innovation-Driven Enterprises (IDEs). Explore the details below!
4 October, 2023
ReproGo Ltd, a Deep Tech startup originating from Queen's University Belfast, is at the forefront of advanced stem cell-based technology with a mission to drive the adoption of eco-friendly biomanufacturing practices in regenerative medicine.
30 May, 2023
Re-Vana Therapeutics is a 2016 start up, a QUB spinout, developing innovative long-acting ocular drug delivery technologies. The technologies offer innovations on delivering drugs to the eye and so can improve treatment of unmet diseases.
10 May, 2023
AMPLY Discovery a QUB spin-out, using a proprietary in silico and in vitro hybrid platform to discover best-in-class molecules it is helping tackle some of humankind's greatest challenges such as cancer, MDR infections and metabolic diseases.
28 February, 2023
They have developed industry-leading, cutting-edge methods to detect substitution or food adulteration across the supply chain, focusing on developing methods to detect adulteration in high-value or volume commodities such as herbs, spices, rice
3 March, 2023
GenoME Diagnostics is a spin-out company from the Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research at Queen’s University Belfast. It focuses on the development of novel tests for early detection of diseases, using an affordable and scalable platform.
Deep Tech Summit 2023
The Innovation Programmes Team @ QUB recently held the Deep Tech Summit 2023 to help unlock the potential of NI Deep Tech to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges. Through the MIT REAP Programme, a number of Deep Tech companies within NI undertook an intensive accelerator. The Summit event assisted in positioning the region as an attractive destination for capital investment and entrepreneurial talent. The Deep Tech Summit provided an unparalleled opportunity to pool resources, networks and expertise, elevating NI’s standing as a global incubator for Deep Tech innovation, spinouts and scale-ups. The event drew an international audience of speakers and attendees to Belfast in November. For more see here: https://deeptechsummit.org/#speakers
MEET THE TEAM
From Left: Dr Paul Donachy-Head of Innovation Programmes, Olivia Wilson-Programmes Administrator, Margot Bucaille-Digital Transformaton Lead, Sharon Morgan Young-Innovation Manager (FLFDN), Dr Cecilia Hegarty-Innovation Programme Manager, Laura McGirr-Innovation Centre Programme Manager, Peter Nawa-Innovation Programme Manager