The PDC, DIT's enterprise support unit, has launched a call for applications for its new PROSPECT programme, commencing next month.  The programme is part of the Institute's commitment to encouraging, supporting and working with staff to help realise the commercial potential of the work being carried on across the Institute.  Applications should be forwarded by hard copy or email on or before Thursday 8th April 2004.

Open to all DIT staff and researchers, PROSPECT helps participants to evaluate the commercial possibilities for their research project and develop the necessary business skills to fully explore their novel technology/idea.  So, if you think you have an idea that could have market potential and would like some help in working through the details and putting the building blocks together, the PROSPECT programme is for you.

There are many opportunities and options open to researchers looking at commercialisation, but sometimes knowing where to start is the challenge.  The PROSPECT Programme helps you with things like market evaluation; patenting & licensing; funding for commercialisation; company structures etc.  PROSPECT helps you clarify your own thinking about what routes are appropriate for you and assists you in formulating the practical plans necessary to progress your project. Confidentiality is assured.

You will hear from other academics who have already gone down this road and they will share their stories and experiences with you.  You will also be invited to participate in PDC's network events, where you will have the opportunity to meet with entrepreneurs, funders, venture capitalists and other commercial people involved in the innovation support business.

PROSPECT comprises three main support elements:

  • A series of practical and interactive workshops covering areas such as; intellectual property rights and legal issues; business basics and
    commercialisation routes. These workshops are held on a Friday afternoon and a Saturday, to accommodate your regular work schedule. There are six in total.
  • One to one counselling by the programme team who are available on-site to help with the commercial evaluation process on an ongoing basis Specific business counselling from specialised mentors who will deal with industry-specific issues and the development of particular commercial

PROSPECT is an accredited short course of the Dublin Institute of Technology.

For further information and details on how to apply, go to:

or contact:

Bernadette O'Reilly, Manager, PDC
Tel: 240 1309
Fax: 240 1310
your local Head of Innovation & Industry
Services listed below

If you have any queries regarding intellectual property rights or other commercial matters, please do not hesitate to contact one of the Heads of Innovation & Industry Services in confidence

'I would never have gotten started on my project without the PROSPECT programme.  Taking the course was the first step.'

'The course helped me to decide on my route to commercialisation.  It has given me the confidence in knowing that my project could be a runner!  It has helped me to evaluate how commercially feasible it is.'

 'I now have a vocabulary that I didn't have before.  That gives me the confidence to talk about my project. '

Former PROSPECT participants

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