1st July 2019
Fund to be administered through Enterprise Ireland
Today, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD launched a new Regional Technology Clustering Fund which will be administered through Enterprise Ireland. The launch of the multi-annual competitive fund took place at Dundalk Institute of Technology in Co. Louth with an initial budget of €2.75 million.
This fund is an initiative of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation under Project Ireland 2040 and aligns with the Department’s Future Jobs Ireland, and with Enterprise Ireland’s new regional plan ‘Powering the Regions’ to build scale and expand the reach of Irish exporting businesses.
Open for applications to Institutes of Technology (IoTs) and Technological Universities (TUs), the fund aims to increase engagement between enterprise and regionally-based knowledge providers, such as the IoTs and TUs, in order to drive productivity and competitiveness in and across the regions.
The fund will be comprised of two streams relating to new enterprise clustering and existing enterprise clustering. The closing date for applications is 11 September 2019.
Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation said: “I am delighted to announce a new Regional Technology Clustering Fund to support enterprise in the regions. Many EU countries have already developed cluster policies to strengthen co-operation between industry and research. They have proven to be very successful, so the Government wants to strengthen our activity in this space. Having visited businesses and communities all over the country, I firmly believe that collaboration is the new competitive advantage, so I hope to see plenty of new relationships developing between Higher Education Institutions and businesses through this Fund.”
Mark Christal, Manager Regions and Entrepreneurship, Enterprise Ireland added: “Enterprise Ireland’s new “Powering the Regions” plan places significant emphasis on collaboration which is reflected in the Regional Technology Clustering Fund being announced today. The fund aims to encourage collaboration between IOTs, industry and wider academic and enterprise partners in the regions. IOTs also have an important role to play in helping companies to respond to the skills challenges faced by SMEs and to assist companies to enhance their capability to win business in international markets. Developing and supporting regional businesses to build scale and expand reach is a key objective for Enterprise Ireland, particularly with challenges such as Brexit on the horizon.”
Find more details on the Regional Technology Clustering Fund here: www.enterprise-ireland.com/RTCF
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