24 May Day 4 – Ireland – Government’s Role

We met with Aoife Fleming from the U.S. Division at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in the Iveagh House.  Aoife impressed the group with her knowledge of IMG_3043Irish history, affairs of the state, and the importance of the Irish Diaspora.

The class also visited The Dail (Ireland’s legislative body), and especially appreciated all the connections to the U.S. (e.g., Civil War flag, inspiration for the Oval Office, 3 presidents {Kennedy, Reagan & Clinton}, and the proclamation of independence.

IMG_3075We traveled to Belfast, and had a great dinner with Peter Hall (Clerk to the Committee for The Economic Assembly), and Norman Apsley who is the CEO of the Northern Ireland Science Park.  

The Science Park has activities and organizations too numerous to name, but one is NISP CONNECT –  a leadership platform and catalyst between Northern Ireland’s entrepreneurs, research institutions, investors, technology corporations and professional service providers.  NISP CONNECT accelerates the growth of knowledge-based companies bro commercialize world-class research and IP. A joint effort between Northern Ireland’s academic research base, University of Ulster, Queen’s University Belfast, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, and Northern Ireland’s private sector, the CONNECT programmes are designed to facilitate a culture of collaboration between the region’s highest quality science and technology entrepreneurs, research institutions, professional services providers and investors.

The real work via student projects starts tomorrow with the chosen start-up companies!

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