South SME Regional Innovation Forum - 10th March 2016 - Cork

SMEs in the South attended a SME Regional Innovation Forum on 10th March, 2016. This event was to facilitate learning between SMEs on their innovation journey, and to strengthen the links between companies and their local Higher Education Institutes (CIT, UCC & Teagasc). The morning event allowed attendees to hear about local SME’s experiences of innovation, and how institutes in the locality could assist with the wider research agenda for SMEs.   

SME support agencies – CIT, UCC, Teagasc, and Enterprise Ireland (including Knowledge Transfer Ireland ) attended with their support personnel and stands with information. Many of the attendees got to discuss their broad innovation agendas and engage on the opportunity to collaborate.



South Innovation Forum Agenda



  1. Welcome to UCC
    Vice President for External Relations, Dr. Rónán Ó Dubhghaill
  2. Seizing opportunities from outside
    Lawrence Dooley, College Lecturer in Enterprise and Innovation, UCC   
  3. From technology acquisition, collaborative research to European projects – a company growth story
    Jenny Roper, Operations Director, Alimentary Health,
  4. Local partnering for research
    Noel Sexton, Managing Director, Cyber Colours
  5. Research supports & local offers – where SMEs can get info for Research supports
    UCC - David O’Connell, Director of Research Support Services
    CIT - Dr Niall Smith, Head of Research
    Teagasc - Gerard Barry, Consulting, Training & Auditing Manager
    Enterprise Ireland - Carol Gibbons, Manager Electronics & Director ICT Commercialisation
  6. Research Spin-out company to multinational….how local research partners have helped
    John Ryan, VP of Engineering, Powervation (now Rohm Semiconductors)


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Please contact your Development Advisor (DA) or

Martin Corkery
Regional Director South/South-East
Enterprise Ireland

Tel. +353 21 4800220