DCU Ryan Academy working with “Blue Growth”

Ten European Partners – see partners below – including DCU Ryan Academy met in The University of Santiago de Compostela (Lead Coordinators) on June 18th, to launch the new INTERRIG FAN-BEST Project, which aims to create a network facilitating the transfer of technology and access to finance for SMEs in the blue economy.  FAN-BEST is focused on the transfer of research results to the SMEs from the Atlantic region which are linked to the biotechnology and marine resources applied to the “Blue Growth”, focusing on one of the most critical factors for their success: the access to funds to finance the adoption of innovation and R+D results and its commerce.

Most startups at the beginning of their activity, cannot afford an easy access to the research results and technologies that the knowledge and I+D centers are currently generating. This factor can block their possibilities of growing, to move forward to the “scaling-up phase” and to become competitive. FAN-BEST will pursue to set up a network of entities operating as agents providers of funding and coaching, that will test innovative approaches related to the financing and the technology market evaluation. The application of their knowledge to the whole transfer process will make easier the scale-up jump of companies, start ups and spin-offs.

Learn more about the project: website (under construction)

Project Partners

Niamh Collins
Director of Programmes & Operations
Kate Hogan
Fan-Best Project Coordinator