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

“…the future of innovation lies in bringing as many different people, concepts and fields together.” – Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science & Innovation

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

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

  • There will be 3 key strands – 1) Incentives for in-company activity 2) Collaborative Research & Innovation projects and 3) European opportunities & funding.
  • Presentations and updates will be shared by the State Agencies – Revenue Commissioners, Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, SFI, Irish Research Council, InterTradeIreland and the Horizon 2020 team.
  • The European Investment Bank (EIB), set up by the Treaty of Rome in 1958, 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 Neilan, Director New Ventures, Cook Medical Ireland and Pat Lucey, CEO, Aspira will share their company’s respective innovation journeys, discuss their experience of using the various State supports and suggest how incentive schemes might be improved.
  • Exhibitors from the third level research sector will share their capabilities, technologies and funding options for collaborative research.
  • Panel discussions featuring a combination of industry, state agencies and third level research representatives will enable a robust Q&A and discussion on the different options available.

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.


Please email if you have any queries about booking.