Arclabs, the research and innovation centre at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is behind this exciting event for WIT students.
The Arclabs Student Entrepreneurship Bootcamp aims to assist in developing WIT students innovative ideas into viable business opportunities by providing them with tools for future business growth.
The Bootcamp will run in ArcLabs on 28 February from 1- 7pm and will be followed up by 1-to-1 mentoring meetings with the students on 6 and 7 March to help students get direction on the next steps to take to develop their business.
This bootcamp events will partner with and feed into:
- The Solve-It WIT business ideas competition
- The Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards
- The Demola business development programme
- The Arc Academy programme
To register for this event please click HERE
In ArcLabs the focus is on holistic interactive engagement between the different stakeholders needed to support knowledge flow and enterprise creation incorporating the “recognition of opportunities” and “assembling resources” phases of the process, as well as the “launch of venture”, and the “harvesting and succeeding”. A testament to the actuation of this concept are the 60 enterprises that have been created and supported within the ArcLabs framework since 2005.
A particular advantage of the Arclabs model is the ability of companies to access;
• A strong business planning and modelling support infrastructure through the Business School’s research and enterprise support programme (New Frontiers);
• A network of leading innovation companies nationally and internationally;
• Strong design and product development expertise through the TSSG;
• State of the art knowledge through engagement with the academic research community.
The phenomena and success of ArcLabs is also internationally recognised such that between 2013 and 2015 members of the ArcLabs executive have been invited to present the concept at fora such as the OECD (Organisation for Economic Corporation and Development) and UIIN (University-Industry Innovation Network), to mention but a few. A chapter about the ArcLabs concept is part of the soon to be published The Routledge Handbook of Politics and Technology (Hilpert, U., Ed., 2015).