Convene Transforming University and Enterprise Engagement

20 Apr, 2021

Led by Technological University Dublin, working in conjunction with the UCD Innovation Academy, Convene has now set out on its transformative work agenda of creating a shared learning platform at the intersection of enterprise, education and research in Dublin.

In 2020, Convene was awarded funding of €17.5 million, under the Human Capital Initiative Pillar 3 Fund announced by the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD.  

Convene’s work is organised around seven major employment sectors - Tourism, Food & Drink, Creative and Cultural, Social Enterprise, ICT/FinTech, MedTech and Pharma.  In support of our shared skills and innovation goals, Convene will bring together and harness the expertise of the UCD Innovation Academy, twelve TU Dublin academic schools, ten TU Dublin professional service units, five TU Dublin research centres, three TU Dublin innovation centres, and our 37 founding Enterprise Partners.  

In this short information video, Dr Deirdre Lillis, TU Dublin Convene Project Lead, and Professor Anne Greene, Chair of Convene’s Enterprise Faculty Working Group, briefly explain some of the initial steps Convene will be taking in this exciting new University-Enterprise cooperation model, which has been designed to help alleviate the problems Covid 19 is causing for businesses in Dublin and wider skills shortages in the Dublin region.