European Science Open Forum Dublin July 2012 - Investing in Science Event Calls for Science Start-ups to Compete for Funding

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Foremost European investment competition to take place in Dublin in July - National Digital Research Centre (NDRC)

Foremost European investment competition to take place in Dublin in July - NDRC

‘Investing in Science 2012’, 11th July 2012, Guinness Storehouse

Science-based start-ups and investors invited to register their interest at

Twelve of Europe’s best science start-ups will gather in the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin this July in front of an international panel of investors for ‘Investing in Science 2012’, as part of the Euroscience Open Forum 2012 (ESOF 2012).

Led by Ireland’s NDRC (National Digital Research Centre), ‘Investing in Science 2012’ will bring science-based start-ups from around Europe together with international investors who recognise the intellectual and commercial potential of their next-generation research and pioneering products.

Twelve start-ups will be chosen from a Europe-wide competition that was launched this month. An international panel of investment-focused judges will pick the strongest ideas with the winners pitching to venture capitalists and angel investors in Dublin on July 11th. Any interested science-based start-up is invited to apply at before June 1st 2012.

Any investor interested in the hottest early-stage start-ups coming out of the continent’s universities and research institution is invited to register to attend with a high caliber and high net-worth groups of VCs already confirmed.

Investing in Science 2012 is a one day NDRC event as part of the prestigious Euroscience Open Forum 2012 Dublin and run in conjunction with European Tech Tour.
Speaking about the event, NDRC’s CEO, Ben Hurley said:

“At ‘Investing in Science’, the sharpest investors will meet the hottest science start-ups’.

“NDRC collaborates with research groups and start-ups to commercialise science inspired ideas; to date we have worked with and invested in over 80 ventures, and we are delighted to be holding the first Investing in Science event as a concentration of connections and information on the best science start-up prospects. I would encourage any science start-up who believes their company and their ideas stand out from the crowd to log onto and register immediately.

“Investors who want to avail of the opportunity to become part of Europe’s economic and intellectual supercollider should also sign up to attend.”

ESOF 2012 Director David Fahy, said:

“Investing in Science is a great addition to the Euroscience Open Forum this year. Alongside our busy conference agenda, the Investing in Science competition and event will add a commercial dimension, bringing into focus the potential commercial impact of science to the Forum.

“Investors who choose to attend Investing in Science will also have the opportunity to participate in the full 5 day event and to hear from speakers including Nobel Prize winner; Jules Hoffmann, Craig Venter, James Watson, Bob Geldof, and many more.”


About the event:

About NDRC

NDRC (National Digital Research Centre) is an independent enterprise dedicated to the acceleration of research from ideas to income. NDRC’s investment programmes enable innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers and companies to translate promising ideas and intellectual property into income generating products and high growth businesses. With a dedicated commercialisation team, enterprise space for teams to work alongside other digital innovation projects, and an investment fund, NDRC works to increase the rate of innovation, with a strong focus on the creation of market capital. NDRC’s team includes executives with experience spanning start-ups, multinational companies, venture capital investment and research. Working in collaboration with industry and a range of investment partners, NDRC announced in October 2011 that it has secured commercial investments of €4.8 million to date in NDRC-backed technologies and ventures.

The Euroscience Open Forum 2012 (ESOF 2012)

The Euroscience Open Forum 2012 (ESOF 2012) is Europe’s largest, general science meeting and is held in a leading Europe city every two years. ESOF 2012 will be hosted in Dublin from July 11th-15th , 2012. ESOF is an interdisciplinary, pan-European meeting, held under the auspices of Euroscience, which aims to:

  •     Showcase the latest advances in science and technology;
  •     Promote a dialogue on the role of science and technology in society and public policy;
  •     Stimulate and provoke public interest, excitement and debate about science and technology.


European Tech Tour Association

The European Tech Tour Association is an independent, not for profit organisation committed to the development of emerging technology companies from Europe. Their contribution to the high tech industry is through the development of European regional Tech Tours and Vertical Industry Summits that bring together the entire technology ecosystem of local and global players.

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Tim Kinsella / Mike Miley Tel. +353 1 703 8600; tim(at)mkc(dot)ie, mike(at)mkc(dot)ie

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