Innovation Clinics Help Open Doors For SMEs

One of IT Sligo’s main research units is hosting a series of half-day workshops in counties Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal during the month of August, aimed at helping small and medium enteprises access a range of technical and financial support opportunities.

The Contract Research Unit (CRU) at IT Sligo provides dedicated technical Research & Innovation support to regional enterprises and communities.

As part of this service it is inviting SMEs to attend one of three Innovation Clinics, which will offer a free one-to-one review of their specific innovation needs.

Innovation Vouchers worth €5,000 are available from Enterprise Ireland to assist a company or companies to explore a business opportunity or problem with a registered knowledge provider.

There Innovation Clinics will be held at the following venues on the following dates:

Tuesday, August 16th
Sligo – Innovation Centre at IT Sligo

Tuesday, August 23th
Leitrim – The Hive, Carrick-on-Shannon

Friday, August 26th
Donegal – The CoLab at Letterkenny IT.

The clinics are primarily aimed toward developing SME applications to the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher Initiative.  Advice on other funding sources and research partners is also available.

Who should attend?
Micro, small and medium enterprises with a need for technical assistance for a new product, process or service.  Ideally you will have a specific concept or project in development.  IT Sligo can provide technical support in numerous engineering and science fields such as energy, sustainable technologies, manufacturing, precision engineering, process optimisation, environmental science, design and the built environment. All industry sectors are welcome.

How do I register?
You can register for the clinic here using Eventbrite. Following registration, you will be emailed by an IT Sligo CRU staff member and given an opportunity to enter a 1 page survey of your specific innovation need, after which you will be allocated a time for a one-to-one review on the day of the clinic.

What’s in it for me?
Introduction to the IT Sligo Contract Research Unit (CRU)
Introduction to the PEM (Precision Engineering & Manufacturing) Technology Gateway at IT Sligo
Overview of the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher Initiative
One-to-one advisory review of your specific innovation project.  Follow up appointments will be arranged where appropriate, to assist you with a funding application.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Contact Mel Gavin (IT Sligo CRU) on 0719305825 or email gavin.mel@nullitsligo.ie.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes. Places are limited and only registered attendees will be admitted.  Subject to interest, further dates may be added.  You can also contact the IT Sligo CRU directly to make an individual appointment.

Register for the Sligo Innovation Clinic here

Photo caption:
Leo Murray and Mel Gavin from IT Sligo’s Contract Research Unit (CRU), who’ll be delivering the Innovation Clinics to SMEs during August.

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