A celebration of bright ideas
‘The Irish Times’ InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards aim to recognise the best ideas within organisations of all sectors and all sizes across the island
THE SEARCH FOR the most innovative organisations across the island of Ireland has begun with the launch of the fourth annual Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards.
The awards aim to recognise and promote the best innovations within organisations of all sectors and all sizes across the island.
The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, said: “Central to the Government’s plan for growth and jobs is to support the transition from the old, failed economy based on property and banking to a new, sustainable economy based on enterprise and innovation.
“We need more innovative companies starting up, expanding, succeeding and creating jobs, and by proper implementation of the Action Plan for Jobs I am confident we can achieve that. The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards have identified some excellent innovative businesses over recent years, and I commend all involved and wish them every success for the fourth instalment.”
Companies can enter in one of six categories in the 2013 Innovation Awards:
* Agri-food innovation
* Life sciences innovation
* Greentech innovation
* Business services innovation
* Social innovation
* Creative industries innovation
Winners in each category will be chosen from a shortlist of three finalists. Each category winner will secure a €10,000 media deal with The Irish Times and compete to win the overall title of Innovation of the Year, which awards the winner with a communications and advertising package from The Irish Times worth €150,000.
In addition, a UCD scholarship for an Executive Education programme commencing in 2014, and a consultancy package will also be provided.
Aidan Gough, strategy and policy director, InterTradeIreland, said: “These awards are rightly considered the most illustrious innovation awards across the island of Ireland, identifying and highlighting the pioneering innovation work of organisations North and South. I would encourage organisations from across the island to enter these awards and promote their innovative practices.”
In his keynote address at the 2012 awards ceremony last March, President Michael D Higgins said: “Now, more than ever, innovation matters. And at the heart of innovation is creativity – creative people being fully alive to the opportunities and possibilities which surround them and having the vision and the drive to convert them into tangible outcomes. For me, the concept of a creative society, creative in every aspect, is at the heart of the real Republic to which I aspire.”
The winners of the 2012 Innovation Awards were: X-Bolt Orthopaedics for Product Innovation; Waste Systems Ltd for Green-Tech Innovation; AMATECH for Organisational System/Process Innovation; Mayo County Council/Greenway for Public Service Innovation; Tweak.comfor Service Innovation; and Gabriel Scientific for Product Innovation.