0180 - Growing an Innovation Ecosystem with Chris Curran

Hosts: Aditya Devulapalli and Mohamed Danish 

We are very pleased to welcome Chris Curran.

First, Chris, could you give sketch of your career thus far to begin?

1.     It must be difficult to discover innovations and generate change in an established industry. What lessons have you learnt along the way?

2.     Let’s talk about the idea of innovation ecosystems…

3.     What advantages does Ireland offer?

4.     What do established companies get by mixing with startups?

5.     How do startups gain by mixing with established companies?

6.     Have you seen spinouts from internal projects?

7.     And questions from the audience?

Well, we’ll wrap up there.

Thank you for sharing your experiences with us today.


Background ideas around our assumptions about places and spaces for innovation.

InsTech is an Irish initiative for industry incumbents and start-ups to come together to collaborate and create the next generation of insurance solutions - https://www.instech.ie

The Plug and Play Tech Centre – https://www.plugandplaytechcenter.com/about/  is a global innovation platform / ecosystem for connecting early-stage entrepreneurs with early-stage investors and business clients prepared to experiment with new innovations. Plug and Play was founded by Saeed Amidi (son of Amir Amidi, the patriarch of a family office that owned, among other businesses, a Persian rug business in downtown Palo Alto called the Medallion Rug Gallery. Plug and Play started out in and around Silicon Valley’s Sand Hill Road area. Recognised as a kind of ground zero for the world of technology innovation, and venture capital – a location that links Menlo Park to Palo Alto via Stanford University. 



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