Funding & Collaboration for Business Innovation, Dublin

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

3rd May 2018 – Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown, Dublin – 8.30am – 3.00pm

In this new format event in 2018, 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 3rd May in Dublin is one such event.

On the Agenda

08:15 Arrival, Networking & Exhibitions, Tea & Coffee
09:00 Denis Hayes, Managing Director, IRDG
– Welcome & Overview

Funding & Supporting your Company Research & Innovation

09:15 Gearóid Mooney, Manager Research & Innovation Division, Enterprise Ireland and Breda O’Toole, Head of Product Development & Transformation, IDA Ireland
– Collaboration & Financial Support for R,D&I via Enterprise Ireland & IDA
09:45 Áine Hollingsworth, Principal Officer, Revenue Commissioners and Ian Collins, Partner and Head of R&D Tax Services, EY
– R&D Tax Credits and Knowledge Development Box
10:15 Panel Discussion & Audience Session
– To include speakers above
10:30 John Daly, Research & Innovation Manager, Dairymaster
– An SME industry perspective
10:45 Kevin MacSweeny, Head of New Investments, Broadlake
– Investing more than capital
11:00 Brian Colgan, Sectoral Solutions Specialist, Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland 
– Strategic SME Funding
11:15 Panel Discussion & Audience Session
– To include speakers above
11:30 Networking & Exhibitions, Tea & Coffee

Collaboration, European Supports & Resources

12:10 Ciarán Duffy, Senior Scientific Officer, Enterprise Ireland & European Advisor, Horizon 2020
– Horizon 2020
12:30 Jill Leonard, H2020 European Advisor, Enterprise Ireland
– SME Instrument and Fast Track to Innovation
12:45 Aisling McEvoy, Head of Enterprise Partnerships, Science Foundation Ireland 
– Building Partnerships between Industry and Academia
13:00 Emily Carroll, Programme Manager, Irish Research Council
– Matching Research Skills to Enterprise Needs
13:15 Brian Quinn, Director European R&D Ecosystem at Intel Labs
– An industry perspective
13:35 Panel Discussion & Audience Session
– To include speakers above & Tom Flanagan, UCD
14:00 Lunch, Networking & Exhibitions
15:00 Close

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.  Exhibitors include:

Applied IoT, Prime UCC, Design+ Gateway, CAPPA, IT Tallaght & MiCRA, TSSG at WIT, MET Gateway, Shannon ABC, Enterprise Ireland, Trinity Research & Innovation, Athlone Institute of Technology, UCD, Learnovate, NUI Galway, Queens University, IDA Ireland, SFI, Irish Research Council, SBCI, EY, H2020, Euraxess, Marie Curie Sklodowska, DCU Invent and more


The seminar will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Blanchardstown

from 8.30am to 3.00pm.

Accommodation enquiries can be made directly to the hotel on 01-8977777.


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