Co-ordinator of the EU – INDIA Co-operation Platform in Future Internet and Electronic Media project, Mr Jim Clarke

Waterford Institute of Technology, TSSG invited to make a presentation at the annual EU-India Joint ICT Working Group meeting in the European Commission premises in Brusssels on June 13-14.

The overall theme of the EU-India policy dialogue working meetings was “Linking Digital India and the Digital Single Market for Europe”.

James Clarke, co-ordinator of the EU – INDIA Co-operation Platform in Future Internet and Electronic Media project ( EU-INDIA FI-MEDIA project), a project funded by the EU Delegation of the European Union to India in New Delhi, India, was invited to present the status of the project after its first successful year in operation.

The main purpose of the 4 year EU-INDIA FI-MEDIA project is to facilitate the building of cluster to cluster (C2C) partnerships between India and the EU in areas related to Future Internet and Electronic Media, Mr. Clarke presented the successful establishment of two C2C partnerships:

1. Smart Villages Ecosystems, (C2C event held Dec. ’15); and

2. Bringing EU’s FIWARE programme to India, in areas related to Smart cities, including Smart villages,(C2C event held Jan. ’16).

As presented at the meetings, the results of the EU-India FI-MEDIA project were found to be well in synchronisation with both the EU and India priorities, which include topics in relation to Internet of Things (IoT), Smart cities, including Smart Villages, and 5G.

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How research helped these 10 start-ups discover success

equineIrish research has no shortage of breakthroughs, and sometimes the hard work and toil that goes into it pays off as a commercial venture.

Looking at this selection of Irish university and research centre spin-outs, alongside other research-based ventures leveraging these institutions, it’s clear that the innovation game is a marathon, not a sprint, and some of these start-ups were up to 15 years in the making.

A solid grounding in research (and some well-protected intellectual property) can prove immensely profitable, too, as these examples of stellar success, growth and exits demonstrate.


An Irish research-based start-up is part of the reason why 2,000 Guineas winner Galileo Gold was pulled from the Epsom Derby, after a DNA test determined the distance wasn’t optimal for the horse. The surprising decision was backed by the Equinome Speed Gene Test, which was developed by University College Dublin (UCD) spin-out Equinome.

Equinome was co-founded by Dr Emmeline Hill (an equine genomics researcher in UCD) and horse trainer Jim Bolger back in 2009, with the gene test coming the following year as a way to establish optimum race distance for thoroughbred horses. Since then, more than 20 scientific publications, including studies by separate independent international research groups in the US, Italy and Japan, have added to this study and investigated the effectiveness of the gene test in other horse breeds.

Equine nutrition company Plusvital acquired Equinome in 2015, and has been tapping into the university spin-out’s advanced testing capabilities ever since, having developed novel equine genetic tests, innovative nutraceuticals and other equine performance and health products.

Plusvital now expects to employ 50 people here in Ireland over the next five years while making an investment of over €3.5m in equine science research over the next three years.


In 2014, Irish start-up FeedHenry made headlines with its impressive €63.5m sale to US firm Red Hat. Founded in 2009, FeedHenry originated at TSSG, the research centre based at Waterford Institute of Technology, focused on telecommunications software and applied research.

FeedHenry was founded by TSSG CEO Barry Downes, and the mobile app development platform leverages significant research knowledge developed through a number of European Commission R&D programmes focused on next-generation service architectures, platforms and services.

FeedHenry’s cloud computing enterprise mobility platform is built to provide fast, secure and scalable deployment of sophisticated business apps across all smartphones and web devices. TSSG collaborated with FeedHenry to launch their developer portal, which enables developers to build an app once using open technologies such as HTML 5 and JavaScript, deploy the app into the FeedHenry cloud and run it on any device.

With branches in Dublin, England and the US, FeedHenry established itself as a global player, and its commercial success has paved the way for more successful and profitable TSSG spin-outs, such as NearForm

To Read this piece in full please visit Written and published by Elaine Burke, Managing Director,

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nakulOn 27th May 2016, Nakul Wali representing Waterford Institute of Technology and TSSG won an all-expense paid trip including flights and accommodation at the NH hotels through Face Entrepreneurship to one of the world’s greatest technological events bringing in young people and aspiring entrepreneurs in a festival of innovation, creativity, science, digital entertainment and entrepreneurship – The Campus Party in Utrecht, Netherlands
Face Entrepreneurship is a project funded by the European Commission in the framework of the H2020 Programme that aims to provide ICT entrepreneurship among young Europeans and to challenge the concept of failure through the understanding and confrontation of the most common fears entrepreneurs FACE. Grupo Secuoya is coordination the project with the support of Telefonica Open future and Microsoft Bizspark.
The Event gave Nakul a fantastic opportunity to meet and interact with few start-ups founders to share their experiences and offer insightful advice for Europe’s future entrepreneurs. Not only that, there were 160 renown speakers, chats , workshops, contests, networking sessions and dozens of interesting exhibits at the Campus party Netherlands.

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‘VR – The Landscape In Ireland’

barryOn Wednesday 15th June will see the fifth gathering of VR Community Ireland – a group of actors, writers, directors, animators, technologists, psychologists, filmmakers, academics and VR enthusiasts who meet once a month at Filmbase Dublin, to explore new storytelling possibilities presented by Virtual Reality.

The theme this month will be ‘VR- The Landscape In Ireland’ and TSSG CEO Barry Downes will be guest speaker at the event.  Barry is currently collating a list of the VR companies in Ireland and will also discuss the highly successful  Apollo 11  VR experience  (TSSG / Immersive VR Education)  which has won four major international VR awards.

As always, there will be inspiring group discussions, this month focusing on ‘The business of VR’.

For more information, contact Camille Donegan - or FACEBOOK


TSSG at the AIOTI 3rd General Assembly Berlin, Germany

aiotiFrom 29th -30th May 2016, TSSG participated in the AIOTI (Alliance for Internet of things innovation) IoT workshop and the 3rd General assembly at the Funkhaus Hall, Berlin. The Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI) was initiated by the European Commission in order to develop and support the dialogue and interaction among the Internet of Things (IoT) various players in Europe. The overall goal of the AlOTI is the creation of a dynamic European IoT ecosystem to unleash the potentials of the IoT. This ecosystem is going to build on the work of the IoT Research Cluster (IERC) and spill over innovation across industries and business sectors of IoT transforming ideas into solutions and business models.

Representing TSSG, Nakul Wali participated in the IoT workshop on 29th May, 2016 co-organised by MTF, Berlin and sponsored by Element14. Among great developers across Europe presented were the internet celebrity Benjamin Heckendorn and Felix Gardner from the Ben Heck Show. The workshop demonstrated various amazing IoT projects illustrating music as a form of communication.

Addressed by Mario Campollargo, Director of Net futures, DG Connect, the 3rd General assembly on the 30th May 2016 focused on the governance model and elaborated AIOTI roadmap for 2016. For more details, visit AIOTI website. Among 11 work groups, TSSG has been very active in three work groups and looks forward to extenting into other work groups in the near future. Involving 101 partners TSSG presented the DEMETER Project (Building a Data-Driven Innovative and Sustainable European Agri-Food Sector through Internet of Things) showcasing IoT smart farming solutions in 16 states in the EU. The project is subject to funding approval by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program. For more info, contact Dr. Alan Davy.

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