Empowered by Innovation, 23rd October 2019

Empowered by Innovation is hosted by Enterprise Ireland and the Local Enterprise Offices at the Guinness Enterprise Centre, in collaboration with Techstars Start-up Week powered by Dublin City Council. It is designed to lead participants from the embryonic stages of Innovation, through ideation and testing of ideas, to developing products and services.

Client companies from Enterprise Ireland and Local Enterprise Offices, will be delivering additional content and telling their story of innovation and the supports they received from the two agencies.

What the session covers:

  • Empathy/Voice of the customer
  • Problem framing
  • Solution finding and Ideation
  • Generation of concepts
  • Prototyping
  • Iterative testing
  • Project management including time sheets and costings
  • External help and engagement from the wider innovation biosphere including EI and the LEOs

This session is for you if

  • You have not undertaken innovation projects in the past but recognise the importance of innovation
  • You are trying to build innovation activities in to your company
  • Innovation is a part of what you’d like to see as a function in your company but struggle to get it up and running
  • You have a dynamic team with plenty of ideas and are keen to know the next steps
  • Are curious of what supports there are out there from Enterprise Ireland and the Local Enterprise Offices and other agencies

You will be learning from:

Fergal Brophy is an Entrepreneurial Specialist at UCD Innovation Academy and a serial entrepreneur. He helps innovators at LinkedIn, Adobe, PwC, Matheson, Glanbia and a host of SMEs. Fergal is Lead Facilitator, Innovation on Enterprise Ireland’s flagship Go Global 4 Growth programme.

Lisa Mehigan is an experienced innovator and entrepreneur. Lisa designed healthcare communications at Edelman and KYNE. In 2018 she co-founded Natterjack Whiskey.

Client companies who have been “Empowered by Innovation” and availed of supports from EI and the LEOs and have utilised local academic facilities to generate new ideas and test their research.

Representatives from EI and the Local Enterprise Offices, who will be able to guide you through the applications processes and funding sources available.

Most importantly you will learn from within, and from the peer group you will meet on the day.



  • 9:30 Arrival & Networking
  • 9:45 Introduction: Eoghan Hanrahan -Dublin Regional Director Enterprise Ireland
  • 10:00 Oisin Geoghegan -Director of the Local Enterprise Offices
  • 10:10-12:00 PART ONE- Design Thinking and Business Model Innovation

Fergal Brophy, Innovation Academy UCD, will deliver a must-experience, immersive deep dive into how to structure (or re-structure) your product, service, ways of working and/or business model project. The focus will be on how to gather the actionable insights about driving innovation, problem framing, problem solving, and how to ideate and iteratively test your ideas. Throughout both sessions, experienced entrepreneurs and innovators will share their Enterprise Ireland and LEO funded innovation journeys, including how they identified, prioritised and structured their projects and of what supports they availed.

12:00-12:30 Interactive Q&A

The floor will be open to the audience to ask Fergal and/or the panel of experienced entrepreneurs and innovators some insightful questions.

12:30 LUNCH

1:15-3:00 PART 2- How to win at innovation -Lean Business Model Canvas.

You will be encouraged to develop your idea from the morning session into a real-world innovation initiative. Using a lean canvas, you will take your idea through problem solving, metrics, value proposition, and the identified customer base. You‘ll be advised on how project costs and timelines for testing periods.

3:00-3:30 Informal networking

Informal networking with Enterprise Ireland and LEO representatives from R&D Innovation, Regional team, SBIR, HPSU, & New Frontiers. There will be information on external supports that are available from 3rd level institutions and government agencies, including an expression of interest form for R&D projects.

Click here to download the agenda [pdf format].


“This event is free of charge and is open to all, including Enterprise Ireland and Local Enterprise Office clients.”

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For further information contact

Richard Aylmer

Enterprise Ireland

Richard Aylmer

+353 1 727 2171