Today IRDG hosts its ‘Funding & Collaboration for Business Innovation’ event at the Radisson Blu Little Island in Cork. It’s the third time this year that the IRDG has held the event in one of Ireland’s major cities, with previous information sessions held in Limerick and Dublin. Designed to support Irish-owned indigenous SMEs and multinationals, the event will showcase the wide range of R&D funding initiatives the still fragmented funding ecosystem has to offer.
At the event, IRDG will bring its members up to date on the incentive programmes available, and help companies to make the most of the event’s one-to-one support sessions. Jacqueline O’Callaghan, Assistant Principal Officer at Revenue, alongside Damien Flanagan, Partner, KPMG, will discuss R&D Tax Credits and outline the 2019 guidance updates.
Rich Ferrie, Director of Technology Transfer at University College Cork, and Sean Sheehan, CEO at Wisetek, will both be keynote speakers at today’s event. While Ferrie will give insights into the strategic value of industry/academic research partnerships, Sean plans to outline how start-ups and big companies can leverage the available supports to grow and scale as he did with Wisetek, a circular economy enterprise.
Other speakers for this year’s Funding & Collaboration for Business Innovation event include:
● Barry Walsh, Chief Scientific Officer, Alcon
● Tom Kelly, Divisional Manager Innovation & Competitiveness, Enterprise Ireland
● Breda O’Toole, Head of Department for Product Development & Transformation, IDA Ireland
Commenting on the ‘Funding and Collaboration’ event in Cork, IRDG Managing Director Denis Hayes said:
“It is impressive to see the high turnout of small and big companies’ that are here today to hear more about the possibilities and options available in terms of incentive programmes. It is extremely important for all businesses to have an in-depth knowledge on the latest supports available so they can continue to prosper in a pre-Brexit era.”