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Explorer pre-commercialization programme 2024 is a collaboration led by IPIC-the SFI Centre for photonics, with Tyndall National Institute, ams- Osram, CONNECT (the SFI Centre for Future Networks and Communications), with support of Enterprise Ireland, Atlantic Bridge, IPCEI, Nova UCD, DogPatch Labs, MIDAS and Science Foundation Ireland.

Explorer pre-commercialization programme is a 3-month training and mentorship course for a cohort of 8-10 teams in deep-tech areas. It will nurture high-potential teams & technology- holders on their path:

  1. to start the spin-off journey
  2. to learn about commercialization of the technology
  3. to develop industrial and entrepreneurial soft skills

The attendees will benefit from:

  • Tailored agenda for deep-tech entrepreneurship.
  • Both industry and academy partners.
  • Practical mentorship to better overcome the technical & business issues.
  • Access to relevant Irish & EU initiatives.
  • Feedback on how to apply for a CF or FS grant, if applicable.

If you believe you have an idea in deep-tech sectors, that have a potential to be commercialised, join the explorer programme and explore the initial steps you need to take on your journey.


We are looking for researchers in deep tech sectors such as advanced materials, photonics, semiconductor, biotechnology, nanotechnology, robotics, medtech, electronics and other deep-tech areas. Ideal applicant is a team of 2-4 people, residents of the island of Ireland who have an early stage idea, with a technology readiness level of 3 to 5.

8 to 10 teams will be selected to participate on 3-month workshops and mentorship sessions.

  • 20/11/23: call for applications open
  • 20/12/23: applications close
  • 08/02/24: workshop 1: Explorer Launchpad overview & Team Building
  • 09/02/24: workshop 2: Business Model Canvas for technology enabled business
  • 15/02/24: workshop 3: Product Development, IP and Competitive landscape
  • 07/03/24: workshop 4: Market Development for early stage deep-tech startups
  • 14/03/24: workshop 5: Customer engagement for tech product
  • 11/04/24: workshop 6: Technology Commercialisation plan and Business Models
  • 18/04/24: workshop 7: Presentation & step to Commercialisation Fund
  • 02/05/24: Show Case Day: Present the outcomes to the audience

*There will be mentorship sessions as well as feedback meetings in between the workshops weekly/bi-weekly, every Thursday 9:30-12:30

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