Newry & Mourne Enterprise Agency
WIN Business Park
Newry
BT35 6PH

t: 028 3026 7011

Transnational Co-operation

In November 2009 the Agency launched in Newry the InnovationIn Micro-Enterprise (IIME) transnational partnership with funding support from the EU Leonardo Programme. The Agency’s partners in this initiative are the Louth County Enterprise Board, the worldrenowned German Fraunhoffer Institute, an associate of the INSEAD Management School in Paris and the University of Bucharest.

The Agency is also a member of the international SUPORT Partnership of universities and business support organisations from France, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom. 

 
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The aim of SUPORT is to develop resources which enables SMEs to break down barriers & gain access to dormant research at HEIs & allow universities to find outlets for current and previous research, making them more responsive to current market needs
The project will:
 
  • Identify the barriers that SMEs face when trying to access HEI research
  • Identify the barriers & training needs that HEI staff have in accessing and engaging SMEs
  • Design & produce a DVD training course for delivery to SMEs and HEI students
  • Design & produce a complementary web-site, directly targeting SMEs
  • Pilot test the training resource with target users
  • Promote the resources to maximise uptake
  • Carry out an evaluation of the project, to feedback into future policy
 
As a result of the project:
 
  • The barriers entrepreneurs & HEIs face when trying engage with each other will be mapped & disseminated
  • Entrepreneurs will be provided with the specific skills/knowledge to innovate
  • HEI staff will gain a deeper understanding of how SMEs function
  • SME access to the course will be highly accessible
  • The development of a community of HEIs working with SMEs promotes innovation
 
For more details on the SUPORT Project please click here

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Co-Innovate, a new programme supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body, will help you harness ideas to:

 

  • Work smarter
  • Equip you for future challenges
  • Add value to your business
  • Help you stand out from the competition
  • Boost your bottom-line

 

For more details contact: Colin Hanna at Newry and Mourne Enterprise Agency - 028302 67011