Research and innovation, involving collaboration between businesses and knowledge providers, and utilising EU funding, is one of the motors that will drive sustainable development in Ireland. This was the clear message given by a panel of industry practitioners, Enterprise Ireland, and an eminent academic from the University of Strathclyde at a research and development-themed seminar held in Intel Shannon last week.
Shannon Chamber has teamed up with Supply Network Shannon and Enterprise Ireland to deliver a half-day seminar on the practical benefits of accessing and utilising national and EU research and development (R&D) funding for product, process and/or technology development. The seminar, which takes place at Intel Shannon on Wednesday, 23 March from 8.30am to 12.15pm, includes an impressive line-up of national and international contributors.
Midwest Showcase 2010, a combined seminar and exhibition on entrepreneurship and innovation in the Midwest which will be held at Thomond Park, Limerick on Thursday 21st October, has just been launched. This is the first year of the Midwest Showcase and is a joint collaboration of a number of Networks and support agencies expanding the Enterprise Acceleration Centre (EAC) at Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) Showcase which has run successfully for the last 3 years.
The National Women’s Enterprise Day aims to inspire, activate and assist women across Ireland in running their own business. The event takes place on Friday 19th November 2010 at the Strand Hotel in Limerick. The Conference is preceded by a networking event on Thursday evening 18th November. National Women’s Enterprise Day will feature a conference, exhibition, mentor clinics and networking opportunities.
This event offers support to women already in business and those thinking of starting out. Speakers at National Women’s Enterprise Day include Sahar Hashemi, founder of Coffee Republic, Ivan Yates, the Newstalk Breakfast Show and Celtic Bookmakers, Mary FitzGerald, Proprietor of the Woodlands House Hotel & Spa along with a panel of female entrepreneurs drawn from the client base of the County & City Enterprise Boards.
The University of Limerick has commenced the search for a batch of start-up businesses to enroll in the 2010 / 2011 Venture Programme. The programme has been developed to assist businesses and entrepreneurs get started and grow to become the economic drivers of the future. Speaking at the Programme Launch Professor Brian Fitzgerald said "we have had a really successful year of spin-outs and technology commercialisation, we want to maintain this translational research momentum through the launch of a programme which reaches outside the campus".