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Climate Knowledge & Innovation Community (KIC) – Aideen O’Hora


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Presentation given by Aideen O’Hora, Greenway, at the 2015 Horizon 2020 SC5 Information Day, 21/10/2015, Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin

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Climate Knowledge & Innovation Community (KIC) – Aideen O’Hora

  1. 1. CLIMATE KIC IN IRELAND Aideen O’Hora, Executive Director, The Green Way 21 Oct 2015
  2. 2. About Us Build the Ecosystem Transformational change
  3. 3. Success to date 12,000m2 of Innovation Space Delivered Quantum Living Lab project delivered with Glen Dimplex, and Handbook for Living Lab in collaboration with EI, and new sites developed via Docklands 21, Grangegorman etc 5 Irish Winners of Global Cleantech Cluster Awards Climate KIC Outreach partnership secured (&€580k)
  4. 4. The Ecosystem 640
  5. 5. News • The Green Way will merge with the International Sustainability and Investment Centre (ISI Centre) • Focus = Irish Leadership for Green Growth – Sustainability Skillnet – Start up fund (seed & VC) – Green Futures Programme (Enterprise) • Climate KIC & ClimateLaunchpad – Resource Efficiency programmes • Docklands 2020
  7. 7. What is Climate-KIC? Climate-KIC • Europe’s largest public-private partnership addressing climate change. • Funded by 250 partners across Europe • 52% Business • 24% University and Research Institutes • 24% Public bodies and NGOs • Knowledge triangle …which brings together all the actors of the innovation pyramid Vision Providing the people, products and leadership to address the challenge of global climate change Mission Creating opportunities for innovators to address climate change and shape the world’s next economy
  8. 8. What is Climate-KIC? Connects research and technology with business, focusing on 3 areas of expertise: 1. Innovation - identify and develop the market potential of emerging technologies, creating new products, services and jobs in Europe with a global impact on climate change. 2. Education - recruit, nurture and develop entrepreneurs to become agents of change. Our courses combine climate change science and entrepreneurship with a practical programme of learning-by-doing featuring real-life challenges and innovation projects. 3. Entrepreneurship - open up the market for small businesses and start-ups working in the areas of climate innovation, providing the opportunities and practical tools to turn ideas into commercial success. 6 CLC, 6 RIC and 5 Outreach Regions
  9. 9. 8 Thematic Areas
  11. 11. Journey • Climate KIC Outreach: A twinning partnership between RIS locations (Central Hungary, Emilia Romagna, Hessen, Lower Silesia, Valencia and the West Midlands) and 5 Outreach Regions. • Collaboration: To ensure a more strategic and holistic outlook, pooling of resources, while ensuring consistency, a uniformity of approach, across the Climate- KIC’s extended activities into Ireland. • Underpinned by Ireland’s smart specialisation strategy • Application Nov 2013 • Interview Dec 2013 • Letter of Offer Jan 2014
  12. 12. Focus • 6 Outreach Regions were selected, with 5 progressing (Dublin/ Cork (Ireland), Helsinki/Uusimaa (Finland), North Portugal & Lisbon, Slovenia and Timis (Romania)
  13. 13. Delivery €580k allocated to Climate KIC Ireland since beginning of 2014 1. Innovation – Knowledge and Innovation Transfer 2. Professional Education – Pioneers into Practice – Innovator Catalyst – Short courses 3. Entrepreneurship – Start-up Accelerator – Clean Launchpad (part-funded through Entrepreneurship) • Only ‘structured mobility’ activities have been eligible
  14. 14. What does successful delivery look like? • Innovation – Knowledge and Innovation Transfer • Study visits – Thematic – sustainable transport – 60 people – Thematic – EPC
  15. 15. What does successful delivery look like? • Professional Education – Pioneers into Practice (14) – Innovator Catalyst (11) – Short courses (33) • I took part in the Decarbonising Buildings Innovator Catalyst in Birmingham ... It was an 8-day programme for experienced building professionals, such as myself, to work on some of the challenges facing our industry and develop ideas about how these might be overcome. The 8-day programme was very intensive, lively and rewarding…peer-learning approach... Frank Caul, MD Sirus Air Con
  16. 16. What does successful delivery look like? • Entrepreneurship – Start-up Accelerator (20) – Clean Launchpad (9 teams) • Start-up Accelerator
  17. 17. ClimateLaunchpad • 9 Irish IDEAS developed • 3 Irish teams representing Ireland at EU Final • wasteNOT team reaching top 20 out of 800 start-ups from 28 countries
  18. 18. ClimateLaunchpad
  19. 19. CLIMATE KIC 2.0
  20. 20. Climate KIC 2.0 • EIT funding has increased from €4M to €91M, since 2010 • Re-focus on strategy to maximise impact and global alignment • 2016 will focus on consolidated thematics • Potential to expand Ireland’s role and thus have greater impact
  21. 21. Aideen O’Hora Executive Director, The Green Way E: