Funding & Collaboration for Business Innovation, Cork, 8th February

European Investment Bank, Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland, Revenue Commissioners, State Agencies, Horizon 2020, ESA and more – a unique mix of supports (grants, loans, tax credits and research expertise) for business development

All the Funding & Collaboration options to support Business Innovation in 2018 under one roof…

In this new format event on 8th February, we will bring you all the options when it comes to progressing your business innovation and market development with grant funding, tax incentives, accessible loans and research expertise from within Ireland and Europe.

Supports including research capability, subject matter expertise, specialised equipment and finance are available to indigenous and multinational industries to help business innovation. The challenge for most businesses is being up to date with the variety available and evaluating options – be that around sourcing suitable partners, the funding and finance schemes, or the merits of collaborative activity versus in-house programmes.

Part of IRDG’s service is working with members on a one-to-one basis to advise around this challenge. But we also create a unique forum which brings together all the key players supporting business innovation in the one room, to directly connect with and meet the industry audience. The 8th February in Cork is one such event.

On the Agenda

Theme 1 (9am to c. 11.30):  Funding and supporting your in-company Research & Innovation

  • Gearóid Mooney, Enterprise Ireland and Breda O’Toole, IDA Ireland on the up to date schemes
  • Áine Hollingsworth, Principal Officer, Revenue Commissioners and Damien Flanagan, Director at KPMG, on the R&D Tax Credits and KDB schemes
  • Pat Lucey, CEO, Aspira will share his company’s experience of utilising such incentives
  • Panel discussion featuring the speakers plus a large company representative

Theme 2 (11.30 to lunch):  Collaboration & Resources

  • KEYNOTE Professor Patrick O’Shea, President UCC speaking on the business case for business–academia collaborations, sharing his Irish & US experiences
  • Aisling McEvoy, Head of Enterprise Partnerships, Science Foundation Ireland on building partnerships between industry and academia
  • John Neilan, Director New Ventures, Cook Medical will share his company’s innovation journey and experience of using the various State supports
  • Maeve O’Riordan, Programme Manager Enterprise and Employment Programmes, Irish Research Council on matching research skills to enterprise needs
  • Panel discussion featuring speakers and other guests

Theme 3 (after lunch): European Research & Loan Supports

  • Carsten Morgenstern, Principal Banker, European Investment Bank will present on it’s 4 key pillars of investment – SME’s, Innovation, Environment and Infrastructure. In 2015, the EIB invested €755 million in the Irish economy. Traditional focus has been on large public and infrastructure projects but it now has an appetite to increase support for Irish businesses.
  • John Madigan, Head of Products, Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland – on accessible loans available through the Banks and SBCI directly for all sizes of company around Brexit, Market / Product Development, Working Capital etc.
  • Catherine Halbert, Founder of Halbert Research on Horizon 2020
  • Sean Burke, Enterprise Ireland on the SME Instrument and Fast Track to Innovation
  • Grace McCarthy, Programme Manager, Irish Universities Association on The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • David Gibbons, Manager, European Space Agency on the ESA Business Incubation Centres
  • Panel discussion

Meet the Researchers

A large number of Exhibitors from across the Third Level Research sector will also be there to demonstrate their capabilities and discuss potential collaborative opportunities and funding programmes.


The seminar will take place at the

Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Little Island, Cork

from 9.00am to 4.30pm.

Accommodation rate offered for IRDG guests for the night of 7th February is €115 B&B (subject to availability).  Please contact the hotel directly to book – 021 – 4297000.


Please email Mary.Byrne@irdg.ie if you have any queries about booking.