20120502 Inter TradeIreland An Introduction, Grant Gilmore
Trade & Business Development Body
Tasked by both Governments to boost
North/South economic co-operation for the
mutual benefit of Northern Ireland and Ireland.
We support SMEs across the island to
identify and develop North/South trade and
innovation opportunities. We do this through:
Research & statistics
Networks and partnerships
and key facts
Our range of business programmes offer practical funding,
information, advice and support to help SMEs:
At a glance business support
Sales & Marketing
Acumen cross-border sales and
Elevate sales development for small
Go2Tender all-island public
procurement workshops, training and
Trade accelerator voucher scheme
for cross-border business advice on
legal, financial and regulation issues
Innovation & Collaboration
Innova strategic company-to -
company innovation partnership
Challenge strategic planning and
FP7 support programme cross-
border voucher scheme and
All-island Innovation Programme
events, workshops and master classes
All-island Seedcorn Business
Competition for the best early stage
Venture Capital Conference annual
Equity advisory service one to one
advice from our equity expert
Business plan workshops, guides
Business Angel Networks and
Entrepreneurship master classes
All-island research, publications, statistics and networks
Support packages worth up to €33,150 available to undertake a 12-18 month
Partnered with a third-level institution with the specialist expertise you need and a
high calibre science, engineering or technology graduate
Graduate is employed by and based in your company throughout the project with
mentoring from the academic partner and InterTradeIreland Fusion consultant
The support package funds 50% of the graduate’s employment costs and 100% of
other eligible costs.
Demonstrate the capacity and commitment to support a FUSION project at senior
On average, FUSION companies benefit from over £1 million worth of sales or
efficiency savings in the three years following the project, by
Develop or improve products, processes or services
Streamline business processes to increase efficiency and performance
Develop and implement new technologies, systems or processes
Improve capabilities in innovation, design and technology
Reduce costs & Increase sales
Company-to-company strategic innovation programme to accelerate new product,
process or service development
Must involve ‘substantial innovation’ - i.e. significant change to the companies
current business model.
In simple terms – they are ‘game changing’ projects for the firms involved
Share & Pool resources, technology and expertise with another business in the
Increased rate of Commercialisation
Funding worth up to £250,000/€285,000 per project available.
Support will be geared towards applications that meet the following requirements:
Ideally, businesses should have identified a suitable innovation partner
to work on the project from the other jurisdiction
Projects should have clear demonstrable benefits to the companies involved and
represent a fundamental part of their strategic business plans
Applicants are particularly welcome from all sectors
Proposals must be able to demonstrate strong commercial potential
Transform your business prospects in just nine months.
Learn how to create, market and launch new products and services using a proven
method to minimise time, money and risk involved.
The programme works in three stages – briefing, workshop and in-company
Assessments will be made at each stage and only companies selected will make it
through to the final stage.
Winners will be offered up to €23,000 worth of expert in-company mentoring to
deliver your plan.
Develop an effective business plan to incorporate innovation at the core and improve business
management, planning and strategic decision making
Create new ideas that can be developed in the future
Learn and apply a rapid commercialisation process to ideas using techniques that minimise time, money
Create a strong culture of innovation and improve innovation management in the company
Ambitious SMEs with between 10 and 250 employees who are currently exporting or considering exporting
Participants must be the strategic decision maker in the company (i.e. CEO/MD etc) and committed to
business development and growth
FP7 Support Programme
Practical support for companies and academics
in Ireland and Northern Ireland to access the
expertise for their research application and
develop partnerships on an all-island basis.
Cross-border collaboration voucher which can be
redeemed against the cost of travel or accommodation for
up to £500 / €550 when meeting with partners, or potential
partners, of FP7 projects
Free FP7 information and advice service to help identify
North/South partners for FP7 programme applications,
through our dedicated EU Coordinator
Access partners and expertise anywhere on the island in
support of an FP7 application
Increased chances of success in securing FP7 funding as
applications including partners from Northern Ireland and
Ireland have a greater success rate
Contact a member of the team for more information:
Dr Simon Grattan
InterTradeIreland EU Coordinator
T: 028 3083 4131 (048 from Ireland)
Policy Research Deputy Manager
T: 028 3083 4122 (048 from Ireland)
Some of the
Dundalk based Vennetics enables mobile operators to
launch richer, better, simpler and more integrated IP
and mobile-based services.
As PC and broadband penetration increase, Internet telephony is
becoming increasingly mainstream. However, applications like Skype
have remained largely separate from the ubiquitous mobile phone.
Through InterTradeIreland’s Innova programme, the company
undertook a project to develop a new type of telephony service,
providing services direct to customers without using either mobile or
VoIP service providers, through the internet. The company partnered
with Belfast based IT firm, Instil to develop their product ‘Moozler’
which is a new consumer telephony service that provides for a
coherent service across both the mobile phone and the PC.
‘Moozler’ was successfully launched to the market and the strategic
R&D project was awarded the ‘Best North/South Collaboration’ title
project at the Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards earlier
Limerick based Central Solutions is dedicated to
providing information management solutions to an
international client base across a variety of sectors.
Through Innova the firm partnered with water treatment
company FM Environmental in Newry to develop a turnkey IT
solution for wastewater treatment compliance monitoring and
management. As a result of the project, both companies have
established a new Joint Venture ‘InvistaTech’ to deliver
solutions that provide water and wastewater plant operators
with accurate data about the plants under their control.
Both companies have been able to secure significant new
contracts to manage waste water treatment facilities in Ireland
and have ambitious plans for growth.
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