The All-Island Innovation Programme is an InterTradeIreland funded programme established to promote and encourage innovation across the island. For our second master class of the current three-year programme and given the approaching March 2019 deadline, we have decided to hold a BREXIT focused event.
This event will take place in the UCC Library Creative Zone on Thursday October 11th 2018 (8.30 am -12.30 pm), comprising of three interrelated sessions as detailed below in the schedule.
The morning will open with a discussion from InterTradeIreland of practical strategies that SME's can adopt in Getting BREXIT Ready and provide information on their SME grant scheme to assist planning and development of an action plan. This will be followed by our academic masterclass where Dr. Breda Kenny of CIT's Department of Management & Enterprise and Board member of the European Council for Small Business & Entrepreneurship will deliver a session entitled "SME challenges when internationalizing: The where and how?". The third and final part of the event will introduce attendees to the All Island Open Innovation Platform (AIOIP) which has been developed to nurture inter-organizational collaborative innovation and enhancement of the innovation ecosystem (both regionally and at an All Island level). Given the potential turbulence of BREXIT for all industry, but especially the SME sector, we hope that these sessions will be of assistance in helping you explore options for your company and plan for the future.
8.30 Tea/ Coffee
8.50 Getting BREXIT Ready: Mark Sterritt (ITI) will discuss the development of an SME Action plan and provide details of the 100% funded €2,250 SME voucher to assist SMEs with the preparation and implementation of plans to navigate Brexit. https://intertradeireland.com/brexit/brexit-start-to-plan-vouchers
9.45 SME challenges when internationalizing: The where and how: Dr. Breda Kenny http://www.cit.ie/currentnews?id=1189 will discuss the challenges faced by SME's when deciding to Internationalize, how to decide which market to focus their export efforts and strategies to overcome the common pitfalls.
10.35 Introducing the All Island Community Open Innovation platform: Iain Bruce http://www.matrixuk.com/index.php?page=top-matrix-team will introduced attendees to the functionality of the AIOIP Platform, developed to nurture inter-organizational collaborative innovation and enhancement of the innovation ecosystem (both regionally and at an All Island level)
11.15 Open innovation in action: A number of regional firms will pitch problems/opportunities they have posted for the AIOIP community in search of solutions or leads they can co-develop with the promoter.
11.30 Discussion of how to engage with the AIOIP community and its opportunities
12.00 Close followed by networking and refreshments
This event is targeted at the regional industrial audience and applied in focus. Attendance is free but registration in advance is required to facilitate room capacity and catering.