Minister English opens Technology Gateways ‘show and tell’ event for industry

18th September 2014

Enterprise Ireland network reaches milestone of 1,000 innovation projects, benefiting over 450 companies

L-R: Suzanne Hamilton, Frontline Consultants, Declan Lyons, Enterprise Ireland with Damien English T.D., Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation
L-R: Suzanne Hamilton, Frontline Consultants, Declan Lyons, Enterprise Ireland with Damien English T.D., Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation

Damien English T.D. Minister for Skills, Research & Innovation opened the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway  Network event for industry in the Carlton Airport Hotel, Dublin today (18th September 2014).

The nationwide network of Technology Gateways acts as off-site ‘R&D departments’ for participating companies using funding of €23million provided by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland for the period 2013-2017.

Damien English T.D. Minister for Skills, Research & Innovation congratulated the 12 Technology Gateway programme managers and the Institutes of Technology which host them on their success in delivering R&D support to local companies, saying “access for companies, especially start-ups and SMEs, to this specialised R&D support is critical to help them improve their competitiveness and develop new product ranges. The Government has committed €23M in funding up until the end of 2017 to the Technology Gateway network which is managed by Enterprise Ireland, with the ultimate goal of increasing the innovative capabilities and growth of companies in towns and cities around Ireland”.

There are 12 Technology Gateways located in 8 Institutes of Technology; Athlone IT, Cork Institute of Technology, Dublin Institute of Technology, IT Tallaght, IT Tralee, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Limerick Institute of Technology and Waterford Institute of Technology.

To date, more than 450 companies have used the services of the Technology Gateways to source technology solutions for their near-to-market R&D needs in a wide range of areas including wireless solutions, biotechnology, engineering, pharmaceuticals and healthcare.

Companies already engaging with the Technology Gateways include; Openet Telecom, a Dublin company working with the COMAND Gateway in Athlone IT; Nypro Healthcare, a Wicklow-based company which is now expanding with a new facility in Waterford and is working with SEAM Gateway in WIT, and Monaghan-based Shabra Group which collaborated with the research team at the APT Gateway in Athlone IT.

Speaking at the event, Declan Lyons, Enterprise Ireland explained that Technology Gateways will connect the research and innovation capabilities of the Institutes of Technology to the companies that need novel technology solutions.

“The Technology Gateways are like the ‘R&D arm’ of companies, delivering technology solutions through collaborative projects with the research teams in the Institutes of Technology”, explained Lyons.

“Funding of up to €1.2M per Technology Gateway enables them to employ Business Development staff to interact with industry, understand their needs and then manage projects to solve these technical problems. The Gateway staff can help the companies write proposals to leverage funding from sources such as Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Voucher initiative, the Innovation Partnership programme or Horizon 2020, Europe’s €80BN programme for R&D. The companies can also choose to fund the work directly themselves. The Gateway staff can then manage the interaction with the companies while the projects are being carried out” he said.

“Enterprise Ireland and the teams in the Technology Gateways are committed to solving the technical challenges faced by companies in their efforts to develop new products and services. The beauty of this network is that if one Gateway doesn’t have the answer, they can put out a call to the other 11 in the network to find it” concluded Lyons.

For more information on the Technology Gateway Network visit www.technologygateway.ie

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For more information contact:Grace Labanyi, Enterprise Ireland

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