It was announced today that over 1,400 small and medium enterprises across the border region of Ireland are eligible to apply for Co-Innovate, a five-year €16.6 million project that aims to boost collaboration between small and medium enterprises across the border counties in Ireland, Northern Ireland and parts of western Scotland.
Co-Innovate oﬀers collaborative research and innovation project support via 5 different forms of innovation assistance. The graduated levels of support include free innovation workshops, individual business health checks and one-to-one expert mentoring. Companies can also benefit from project support with academics and cross border business to business partnerships.
Over 800 local companies have taken part in Co-Innovate Workshops over the year with almost 500 going on to complete a Business Health Check. Over 40 businesses have also taken part in an intensive 10-day mentoring session which provides participants with specific action plans to develop research and innovation capabilities.
The programme is currently seeking SME applications for business to business and business to academia R&I projects. To find out more or register interest visit www.co-innovateprogramme.eu
Speaking this week, InterTradeIreland’s Co-Innovate Programme Director, Neil Ryan said, "The programme is aimed at demystifying innovation and helping firms understand how it can drive their company’s growth and profitability. Innovation is vital for the success and long-term sustainability of any business, and it’s crucial we continue to encourage and nurture SMEs to drive economic growth and prosperity."