InterTradeIreland is the only organisation which has been given responsibility by both Governments to boost North/South economic co-operation to the mutual benefit of Northern Ireland and Ireland. By encouraging better use of our collective resources we help to expedite trade and business growth across the island and create an environment where it is easier to do business.
We support SMEs across the island to identify and develop North/South trade and innovation opportunities. Our supports include:
- Business Funding
- Access to expertise and mentoring
- Public Procurement Services
- Venture Capital and Business Angel Services
- Information and Advice
- Events and Workshops
Website : www.intertradeireland.com
UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School
UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is Ireland’s leading business school and research centre. A school of University College Dublin, we offer the benefits of Ireland’s largest University with the intimacy of a dedicated campus in Blackrock. We offer a wide range of Business Masters, MBA and Executive Education programmes to both business and non-business graduates.
Our success is down to an unwavering commitment to excellence. We are one of a small group of schools worldwide to hold triple accreditation from the US (AACSB), Europe (EQUIS) and the UK (AMBA) accrediting bodies and are the only Irish member of the leading business school alliances CEMS and the Global Network for Advanced Management. These accreditations and alliances benchmark us against the best in the world. UCD Smurfit School is also the only Irish business school to offer Masters Degrees that are consistently ranked in the world’s top 100 by the Financial Times and The Economist Intelligence Unit.
One of the keystones of our reputation as one of the world’s leading business school is the quality and expertise of our Faculty. At UCD Smurfit School we recruit leading academics from across the world, many with experience from the world’s leading universities.
To find out more about our wide range of Masters Degrees, MBA and Executive Education programmes visit www.smurfitschool.ie
UCD Smurfit School Admissions Team
Phone (01) 716 8885/4302/8058
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 249,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. Accenture has offices in Dublin and Belfast and is home to the Accenture Analytics Innovation Centre and Accenture Business Services, both located at Grand Canal Plaza, Dublin.
Accenture is delighted to sponsor the Irish Times Innovation Awards. Innovation is required to respond to changing global trends and offers Ireland a real chance to drive new growth on the global stage. We believe we are at a tipping point for consumers, citizens, employees, Governments and businesses. A ‘New Normal’ is emerging that is transforming interactions between people and organisations on an unprecedented scale. It will change the way we live, work and do business in a fundamental way over the coming years. With every change comes opportunity. The Changing Consumer has the potential to drive business growth and to create additional jobs in Ireland if we respond now. Innovation will be the imperative to drive this growth.
To understand how Irish organisations are adapting to new consumer trends, Accenture commissioned the Economist Intelligence Unit to examine Ireland’s readiness to respond to changing global consumer trends. You can download the report here and find out how Irish organisations are planning to adapt to the new normal.
Science Foundation Ireland
Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is the national foundation for excellence in scientific research. SFI invests in academic researchers and research teams who are most likely to generate new knowledge and leading-edge technologies in the fields of science and engineering, underpinning three broad areas of Biotechnology, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Sustainable Energy and Energy Efficient Technologies (ENERGY).
Over the last decade, SFI has built up a community of thousands of researchers in Ireland’s higher education institutes, led by hundreds of principal scientists and engineers. SFI groups have over 1,900 international partnerships in over 60 countries.
And with that boosted capacity has come change: Ireland has rapidly ascended the international rankings of research capability with great speed, moving from 36th in 2003 to the top 20 by 2008.
Underpinned by the solid research, engagement with industry has grown: over 600 companies now link to SFI research groups, ranging from informal connections to collaborations that involve significant financial sponsorship. The goal of these relationships is to make those companies more competitive by transferring technology and trained people out of the labs and into the companies.
To find out more about the research SFI supports view: www.sfi.ie
The Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority
Teagasc – the Agriculture and Food Development Authority in Ireland – is the state agency with responsibility for the provision of research, advisory, education and training services for the agri-food industry. It was established in September 1988 under the Agriculture (Research, Training and Advice) Act, 1988.
Employing approximately 1,100 people, Teagasc supports science based innovation in the agri-food sector and the wider bioeconomy to underpin profitability, competitiveness and sustainability. Teagasc is the largest provider of knowledge-based services to the farming, agriculture and food sectors in Ireland. Its main aim is to generate new knowledge to allow the agriculture and food industries to develop in a sustained way. Through its scientific reputation Teagasc is a leader in the industry’s development.
With its headquarters in Oak Park, Carlow, the organisation conducts research at 6 locations covering food, dairying, beef, sheep, arable crops, horticulture, environment, economics and rural development. It provides education for young entrants to farming, adult farmers, rural dwellers and the food industry from seven college as well as local education and research centres. Teagasc provides a nationwide advisory service to farmers.
The Animal and Grassland, research and innovation programme; the Crops, Environment and Land Use programme and the rural economy and development programme focus on underpinning a competitive and consumer-focused agriculture industry in Ireland. The knowledge generated is transferred through teams of dedicated advisers onto farms throughout the country. Third-level and vocational level training courses equip young entrants to agriculture and horticulture with best practice skills for modern farming.
The Teagasc Food Research Programme, at Moorepark and Ashtown has developed close links with other national and international research institutions and are at the cutting-edge of innovative food research.
Teagasc is a major employer of postgraduate Walsh Fellowship students with some 180 pursuing PhD programmes at any one time. This combined with an investment programme in new buildings and facilities, equips Teagasc to provide relevant and innovative information and services to the farming and food industry into the future.