AgorIP project celebrates a year of success



July 1, 2019

Organisations across south Wales have turned out to celebrate another successful year of AgorIP delivery.

10 of 148 projects working with the AgorIP team exhibited their work at the event at Swansea University’s School of Management, with exhibits ranging from innovations to help the NHS and scientific research, to helping businesses reach clients.

The team also ran a wellbeing corner complete with Joe’s Ice Cream, free massages, sustainable seaweed bites created by an inventor working with AgorIP, to showcase the team’s dedication to promoting health and wellbeing in the workplace in line with the 2014 – 2020 European Structural Funds in Wales.

Joe’s Ice Cream were at the event
Wave Wellbeing supplied a new seaweed based energy bar

AgorIP has engaged with more than 240 inventors and researchers to date and a selection of those, Professor Tariq Butt, Dr Dao Xia, Dr Mark Bowman and Alex Neilsen spoke on stage about their experience with AgorIP, following speeches from Pro Vice Chancellor Hilary Lappin-Scott, Deputy Dean of the School of Management Michael Williams and AgorIP project manager Ciaran Whyte.

“This flagship project collaborates with a number of highly regarded bodies, working alongside a varied pool of excellent innovators including the NHS, Tata Steel, Ford, Sport X and British Cycling to name a few, as well as working with university academics based here and in other higher education institutions to bring innovative ideas to life,” Mrs Lappin-Scott said at the event.

“From pesticides to applications supporting structures in the NHS, the team has worked with hundreds of organisations across West Wales, North Wales and beyond to bring new ideas to market.”

Pro Vice Chancellor Hilary Lappin-Scott gave a short talk to the attendees

Mr Whyte added: “This event recognised another successful year for AgorIP and showcased exhibits from 10 projects that AgorIP is supporting. AgorIP has now engaged with over 240 inventors and researchers and handled relationships with over 152 organisations, and this showcase was only a small demonstration of the impact that the AgorIP team are delivering.

“A particular highlight was the wellbeing corner which was extremely popular and the team were grateful to the support from the School of Management in delivering the event.

Vital showcased their compressor at the show
Dr Dao Xia was one of the inventors invited to give a talk about his work with AgorIP at the event

“Professor Tariq Butt, Dr Dao Xia, Dr Mark Bowman and Alex Nielsen delivered excellent presentations and we were grateful to them and also to the other inventors and researchers who manned exhibits.”

AgorIP, supported by Swansea University, and the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, is a new approach to innovation, which can bring ideas and intellectual property (IP) to life.

To find out more about AgorIP follow @AgorIP_Swan on Twitter.

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