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Ennis Innovate: Regional Innovation Centre

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Ennis Innovate: Regional Innovation Centre is a collaborative initiative between Clare County Council and a number of key partners in the fields of public administration, education, enterprise, research, technology and community development. The initiative – a unique off-campus enterprise support innovation – provides practical support to entrepreneurs as they navigate the start-up path in order to support business development activity, job creation and the establishment of new businesses in the region. The programme provides direction, leadership and guidance so that common pitfalls and obstacles that a start-up company would commonly encounter can be avoided.

The Ennis Innovate programme is an entirely unique offering involving all key funding agencies, development agencies and public bodies in the region. For the partners in Ennis Innovate, this collaboration allows them to pool their respective resources, ensuring that all relevant supports are readily available to participating companies. For participating companies, the Ennis Innovate programme provides a central point to access all information, funding resources and relevant practical supports and expertise available in the region.

The programme enhances the skill set of the entrepreneur and provides assistance which was previously unavailable in the area. The programme provides support as follows:

  • training and mentoring, tailored to support the development of start-up companies;
  • technology transfer through linkages with the Technology Transfer Offices (TTO) in NUI Galway and University of Limerick;
  • assistance with market validation and business planning;
  • introductions to funding agencies that can support the businesses;
  • introductions to industry experts, investors, funding providers, potential collaborators/customers;
  • information hub for support services required by start-up companies;
  • opportunities to network with other entrepreneurs and industry experts;
  • one-to-one clinics in key business areas with confidential engagement with mentors/industry experts;
  • guidance from experienced Programme Manager and Review Panel.

The support actions provided by Ennis Innovate are designed to be hands-on, practical and tailored to each member company who wants to fast track their business ideas, validate its commercial potential and proceed to commercialisation.

Award info
Award category: weathering the storm. creative solutions in a time of crisis - supra-local and local level
Award type: diploma
Award year: 2013
Project type
Sector: cross-sectoral
Type of activity:
Keywords: Enterprise, innovation, business support, commercialisation, entrepreneurship, business planning
Short English description: Ennis Innovate: Regional Innovation Centre is a collaborative initiative between Clare County Council and a number of key partners in the fields of public administration, education, enterprise, research, technology and community development. The initiative – a unique off-campus enterprise support innovation – provides practical support to entrepreneurs as they navigate the start-up path in order to support business development activity, job creation and the establishment of new businesses in the region.
Further information
Organisation: Clare County Council
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Level of government: local level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: 1-5
Country: Ireland
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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Ennis Innovate: Regional Innovation Centre (52.84973830000001, -8.975876299999982)
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