University Bridge Fund

Trinity Launch of University Bridge Fund

Tuesday, 13th September 2016 saw the Trinity launch of the Atlantic Bridge University Bridge Fund, a new €60 million investment fund for early stage companies.

The fund aims to accelerate the commercialization of ground breaking research, and while its launch is the result of collaboration between Trinity, UCD and Atlantic Bridge, it will benefit all third level research institutions.

Focusing in particular on the areas of software, hardware, engineering, physical sciences, life sciences and agri-food, the €60 million will provide the investment and expertise required to take world-class research out of the lab and into the market.

Speaking at the launch, Fionnuala Healy, Trinity’s Start-Up Development Manager and acting-CEO of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub at Trinity, commented: “We want to set our companies up for the best chance of success from the very get-go.

Dr Helen McBreen, Investment Director at Atlantic Bridge echoed this sentiment, adding that Atlantic Bridge is well placed to support companies in their commercialization activities through providing access to markets, customers and potential investors, adding: “The Fund has now commenced its investment period and we are very keen to engage with researchers with cutting edge technologies.”

Also speaking at the event, Dr Diarmuid O’Brien, Director at Trinity Research & Innovation reflected on the importance of the collaboration with UCD, while Prof. John Boland, Dean of Research at Trinity, summed up what the fund means for researchers: “Trinity has a history of great innovation and ideas. This fund will serve to amplify the potential for those ideas.”

The launch was followed by a talk by Jan Muehlfeit, former Chairman for Microsoft in Europe and current member of the Atlantic Bridge Advisory Board. The talk provided a unique and fascinating insight into Positive Leadership and its role in unlocking the potential in individuals.