• Co-Innovate Programme

In an ever-changing and increasingly competitive marketplace, innovation is vital for business growth and success.

The Co-Innovate Programme offers funding and capability development to help give your innovation wings.  Learn more about the benefits of innovation and how to implement it right across your business, find partners who can support your plans, identify opportunities for growth, and create a vision to make it happen.

Supported by €16.6 million from the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, Co-Innovate aims to harness innovation to:

  • Create beneficial ideas
  • Work smarter
  • Add value to your business
  • Find partners for collaboration
  • Stand out from the competition

The Co-Innovate Programme is delivered in 5 Strands

Strand 1

A SMEs first formal engagement with the Co-Innovate programme will be to undertake a newly developed R&I diagnostic toolkit the ‘Innovation Ready Reckoner’. This will be conducted to assess the company’s current position in terms of innovation. A series of workshops will be delivered at different times and locations throughout the first 3 years of the programme.  They will be delivered by Innovation Experts familiar with the challenges facing SMEs.

Strand 2

Successful companies will undertake a detailed Business Status Review.  After a selection process, companies will progress to a comprehensive Innovation Audit.

Strand 3

Enterprise-specific action plans will be designed for each company progressing to Strand 3. These action plans will concentrate on developing Research & Innovation capabilities. Up to 10 days intensive mentoring will be provided to address specific challenges.

Strand 4

Companies will have the opportunity to engage in a cross-border R&I partnership involving their company, a research institute and an intern over a 12 month period; and

Strand 5

Sector-specific networks and partnerships involving enterprises and research institutes will be established.

To discuss the Co-Innovate programme and how your business might get involved please contact:

Janice McDonald:  janice@downbc.co.uk  Tel: 028 44616416