InterTradeIreland has announced it will invest up to €175,000 in five North/South company-to-company research and development partnerships through its Innova programme. Companies with innovative ideas, which have strong commercial potential and an R&D partner in place, are encouraged to apply for the funding by Friday 4th June 2010.
“LaunchPad” NDRC’s “ideas to income” three month Entrepreneurial Internship Accelerator Programme – targeted at emerging start-up’s with strong academic links – concluded over the weekend with the winning project, CloudSplit, being awarded investment and continued support within the Launch Pad programme. The €24,000 continuation fund for the first prize and runner up company Point-the-Way comprises support from NDRC plus matching investment from external entrepreneurial investors who also made up the entrepreneur judging panel.
Ireland’s thriving sustainable energy sector is providing a strong platform for economic growth, Eamon Ryan TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources told attendees at the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s annual Energy Show at the RDS in Dublin today. Expected to attract over 5,000 professional visitors over the next two days, the Energy Show is Ireland’s leading national showcase for the latest innovative energy efficient technologies such as a phone application to assist businesses with energy audits and cutting-edge renewable energy devices in the areas of solar photovoltaics and ocean energy.
NDRC (National Digital Research Centre) announced on the 20th April 2010 that it is seeking applications from companies and academics with project and product ideas in the digital and digital content technology space to the “Catalyser” programme- an investment programme that supports collaborative innovation and bridges the gap between research lab technologies and investor-ready product prototypes. The project proposals should be focused in one of four primary application areas: Education; Entertainment; Healthcare or the Environment.
Many Irish Businesses feel that they are not getting the full benefit of their websites. Static web pages that were either set up a long time ago or that are not being utilised to their full advantage are holding back business owners from unleashing the full power of their websites. Ruairi Browne from Kro IT Solutions and Amanda Webb from Spiderworking.com have responded by developing a series of interactive workshops designed to give website owners the power to manage both their websites and their online marketing.