About Convene

Convene is part of Ireland's Human Capital Initiative, one of the largest investments ever in Irish higher education. The Human Capital Initiative will enable the Irish higher education system to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 4th Industrial Revolution and respond rapidly to changes in both skills requirements and technology.

Convene is funded under the Human Capital Initiative Pillar 3—Innovation and Agility—which seeks, among other objectives, to increase the capacity of  higher education to anticipate, understand and respond to emerging skills needs of enterprise, together with the ability of institutions to provide lifelong learning and upskilling opportunities for all.

In 2020, Convene was awarded funding of €17.5 million by the Irish government. 

Convene, in collaboration with its Enterprise Partners, aims to deliver the priority skills and innovation necessary to reinvigorate business and to fast-track a resilient and enduring economic recovery as Ireland moves forward from the unprecedented disruption caused by Covid-19. 

Who are we?

In 2020, Convene was awarded funding of €17.5 million, under the Human Capital Initiative Pillar 3 Fund announced by the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD.  This significant commitment of financial support underpins Convene’s work, which is led by Technological University Dublin, in collaboration with University College Dublin, in transforming university-enterprise engagement and creating a shared learning platform at the intersection of enterprise, education and research in Dublin. 

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More about Convene

Convene’s work is organised around seven major employment sectors




Food & Drink


Creative / Cultural


Social Enterprise


ICT / FinTech





In support of our shared skills and innovation goals, Convene will bring together and harness the expertise of the UCD Innovation Academy, 12 TU Dublin academic schools, 10 TU Dublin professional service units, 5 TU Dublin research centres, 3 TU Dublin innovation centres, and our 37 founding Enterprise Partners.

Research Centres
Innovation Centres
Enterprise Partners
Professional Services

Convene seeks to create a genuine partnership between enterprise and education, co-creating solutions to some of toughest challenges industry has ever faced. We welcome input from enterprise, the community and others at this crucial stage of Convene’s development. Please get in touch if you would like to learn more about Convene or consider becoming an Enterprise Partner. .