INTRE (Ireland’s Network of Teachers and Researchers in Entrepreneurship) was originally proposed following a meeting between Professors Tom Cooney, Bill O’Gorman and Puaric McGowan. The first meeting of INTRE occurred in October 2003 when seven people met in Dublin to examine ways in which Irish academics with an interest in entrepreneurship could support each other’s activities. Over the next two years, the network was developed to become inclusive of every third-level institution on the island of Ireland.
INTRE was formally established in January 2006 when its Constitution was adopted by the Board and it was officially launched in October 2006 by the Minister for Education Mary Hanafin. The Founding Chairperson of INTRE was Prof Tom Cooney (DIT) and the Board originally was structured so that every 3rd level Higher Education Institution had a representative on the Board. Over the intervening years, the other Chairpersons of the network have been Prof Bill O’Gorman (WIT) and Dr Emer Ni Bhradaigh (DCU).
In September 2006, INTRE launched a major new competition for third-level students in the Institutes of Technology. The competition was sponsored by Digicel, supported by NewsTalk 106 and the Irish Times, and it ran for 5 years. A regular email newsletter was developed which offered information about the latest Irish entrepreneurship books, competitions, journals, conferences, calls for research proposals, and sources of funding. Among the many other initiatives undertaken by INTRE has been two case study competitions from which two books of case studies were published, a Special Edition of the Irish Journal of Management on Entrepreneurship in Ireland, plus a series of workshops relevant to the needs of people within the network.
In recent times, the network went through a relatively quiet period but it is now being revived through the efforts of an enthusiastic group of entrepreneurship educators. The principal purpose of the network is to improve the quantity and quality of entrepreneurship research in Ireland and to engender a strong international reputation in this area. Towards achieving this ambition, the following objectives have been identified for the organisation:
a) To create a greater understanding of the broader definition of entrepreneurship.
b) To raise the quantity and quality of entrepreneurship education and research,
c) To increase the receptivity of stakeholders in the provision of entrepreneurship teaching in training programmes across institutional faculties.
d) To develop and promote high-quality entrepreneurship programmes within the business community, locally, regionally, and nationally.
e) To continually map out the work currently being done in 3 rd level educational institutions regarding entrepreneurship.
f) To raise the media profile of academics engaged in entrepreneurship activity.
g) To generate increased research funding for entrepreneurship education and research.
h) To encourage and promote collaborative work.
i) To achieve national and international recognition of INTRE as the principal network for teachers and researchers of entrepreneurship.
j) To develop an active network of educators and researchers working in the area of entrepreneurship education.
k) To encourage an increase in the number of entrepreneurship posts and chairs in third-level institutions.
l) To increase the output of publications on entrepreneurship.
m) To give the academic community substantial representation and recognition in the international entrepreneurship arena.
n) To support the development of the interface between business and technology within and between third-level institutions.
o) To nurture and encourage the development of academic enterprise.
p) To develop beneficial links with industry and commerce,
q) To undertake any other activities that the organisation believes will enhance the growth of entrepreneurship research, writing, and teaching on the island of Ireland.
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