Trinity spin out event in New York
On Thursday Oct 24th last, the Trinity Research and Innovation (TR&I) unit once again partnered with Trinity Development and Alumni (TDA) in bringing the “Trinity Tech Series” to the Cornell Club in downtown New York City. Following the success of the previous events from the Series in Dublin and London, the purpose of the New York event was again to introduce a number of recent spin out companies from Trinity to an invited Alumni audience with a view to informing them of the excellence in innovation outputs at the University and to solicit their help in engaging with the companies as they look to grow their businesses. Over 100 guests, from the worlds of banking, life sciences and law arrived for the event.
The evening began with a welcome from the New York City Alumni chapter leader, Aileen Denne-Bolton of Brown Brothers Harriman, followed by an introduction to research and innovation at Trinity by TR&I Director Leonard Hobbs.
The main event for the evening was a fireside chat with the Deputy Director of TR&I, Dr Declan Weldon who welcomed Colm McGarvey of medical device company SelioMedical, David van Zuydam of concussion diagnostics company Head Diagnostics and Helen McBreen of the growth equity firm Atlantic Bridge to the stage. Both Colm and David enlightened the audience with their stories of their entrepreneurial journey and the challenges facing them today as they chase further investment to scale their businesses. They were both highly complementary of the assistance and expertise they had received from Trinity. Helen described the work of Atlantic Bridge which manages the €60m University Bridge fund and its work in supporting and engaging with high quality university start ups in Ireland, with the fund having already invested in 4 companies from Trinity.
Meghan Donaldson from TDA closed out the meeting and invited the audience to the networking reception where the Alumni took the opportunity to further engage with the presenters and other representatives from TCD.