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NearBy wins second place at Business Plan Competition

NearBy, an early-stage commercialisation venture led by CONNECT researchers at Trinity College Dublin, has won second place at the Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition 2019.

The NearBy team includes Merim DzaferagicIrene MacalusoConor Sexton, and mentor, Nicola Marchetti, Assistant Professor in Wireless Communications at Trinity College Dublin.

Following a competitive application process, 11 teams were invited to join this year’s final in Belfast, all on a mission to solve a range of global problems.

NearBy (Network Level Optimization Based on User Mobility) is a 4G/5G compliant solution to minimise signaling and handover latency by dynamically reconfiguring the association between nodes in the RAN and the core network’s nodes and functions.

The Ireland Funds partnered with NDRC to deliver The Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition. Funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, NDRC builds and invests in tech companies and start-up teams with the potential to grow internationally.

The Ireland Funds’ mission is to harness the power of a global philanthropic network of friends of Ireland to promote and support peace, culture, education and community development across the island of Ireland and among Irish communities around the world.



CONNECT is the world leading Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications. CONNECT is funded under the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres Programme and is co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund. We engage with over 35 companies including large multinationals, SMEs and start-ups. CONNECT brings together world-class expertise from ten Irish academic institutes to create a one-stop-shop for telecommunications research, development and innovation.

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