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2017

Huge Turnout at Supplier Engagement Event

Over 550 people attended a Supplier Engagement event organised by InterTradeIreland at the Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown this week. The purpose of the event was to provide local businesses with practical insight and increased knowledge of how public procurement works.
2017

Potential Impact of WTO Tariffs on cross-border Trade - Report published

The nature of the trade arrangements that will be in place following the exit of the UK from the EU is currently unknown and will be the subject of considerable negotiation over the coming years. To inform this process, this research examines current cross-border trading patterns and considers the potential impacts on overall trade of the application of current EU WTO tariffs.
2017

Winners and losers in an intensely competitive economy

The latest quarterly (January – March 2017) InterTradeIreland Business Monitor Report issued today reveals evidence of an intensely competitive economic environment. Companies are taking advantage of buoyant levels of market confidence, however this is balanced with challenges caused by rising energy, overhead and supply costs, new competitors and difficulties recruiting appropriate skills.
2017
Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor at ITI

Minister Mitchell O’Connor launches InterTradeIreland’s Brexit Advisory Service

A dedicated InterTradeIreland advice service aimed at helping SMEs navigate the challenges of Brexit was unveiled today by Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.
2017
Seedcorn 2017 Final Call

Final Call for entries to €280,000 Seedcorn investor readiness competition

InterTradeIreland is calling all start-ups and early stage companies across the island to enter the Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition before the deadline on 26 May 2017. In addition to being in with the chance to win a share of the €280,000 total cash prize fund with no equity stake taken, shortlisted firms will also benefit from expert feedback on their business plans and access to an extensive business and investment community.
2017

US-Ireland Research and Development Partnership Call in Agriculture 2017

The 2017 US-Ireland Research and Development (R&D) Partnership Call in Agriculture is now open for applications in the following three priority areas: • Pests and Beneficial Species in Agricultural Production Systems; • Animal nutrition, growth, and lactation; • Animal health and disease.
2017
Seedcorn 2017 Launch

- The InterTradeIreland Seedcorn competition launches for 2017

Early and new start companies across Ireland are encouraged to enter the 15th annual Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition to be in with a chance of competing for a no-equity total cash prize fund of €280,000. At a time where it is competitive to get seed funding, the competition is a great avenue for ambitious start ups to get their new business ideas off the ground. This year’s competition is now open for registration at www.intertradeireland.com/seedcorn and businesses are encouraged to submit an entry. Deadline for submissions is 26th May, 2017.
2017

Business angels to invest €85M in 264 Irish start-ups by 2022

HBAN (Halo Business Angel Network) today announces its five-year business angel outlook that predicts business angels will invest €85 million in 250 high potential start-ups in the period running 2017 to year-end 2021. It will mark a 79% increase in investment over the previous five years, which saw €47.4 million invested in 244 companies.
2017
ITI VC Conference 2017

InterTradeIreland Venture Capital Conference 2017

InterTradeIreland’s 2017 Venture Capital Conference was held in The Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin this week. The conference this year concentrated on the theme of ‘Succeed in Raising Finance’, and brought together an audience of more than 300 delegates comprising entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, business angels, other investors and start-ups who may be seeking investment.
2017

HBAN angels invested €13.6m in 50 Irish start-ups in 2016

HBAN (Halo Business Angel Network), the all-island group responsible for the promotion of business angel investment in Ireland, today announces that business angels invested €13.6 million in 50 Irish start-ups last year – up 25% from the previous year. This includes €1.5M (£1.3M) invested in eight deals completed by Halo Northern Ireland angels. HBAN’s annual report for 2016 reveals that the investments leveraged a further €20.5 million from other public and private funds, bringing the total invested to €34.1 million.
2017
Aidan Gough in library

Business Monitor reveals strong economy facing potentially challenging times

The latest quarterly (September - December 2016) InterTradeIreland Business Monitor Report issued today shows business are moving into challenging times from a position of relative strength. Aidan Gough, Strategy and Policy Director at InterTradeIreland said: “We are seeing a resilient, sustained recovery and notable symmetry in challenges faced by firms both North and South. The number of companies across the island reporting stability or growth in the last quarter has remained fairly constant at 84 per cent; however exporters continue to fare better than non-exporters with 51 per experiencing growth compared to 36 per cent.”
2017
Chairman Ken Nelson pic

Ken Nelson Appointed Chairman of InterTradeIreland

Northern Ireland businessman, Ken Nelson, has been appointed as chairman of InterTradeIreland by the North South Ministerial Council. Chief executive of Local Economic Development Company (LEDCOM) Ltd, one of Northern Ireland’s leading social enterprises, Ken has more than 25 years’ experience working closely with entrepreneurs, start-up companies, small businesses and social enterprises. During his career with LEDCOM, Ken has had regular involvement with cross-border trade development activities for micro-enterprises and small businesses.
2017
Cross Border Business Support Expo 2017 event pic

Cross Border Business Support Expo

Over 150 business delegates attended a Cross Border Business Support Expo hosted by Newry and Dundalk Chambers of Commerce and supported by InterTradeIreland and Louth Local Enterprise Office on the 25th January in the Carrickdale Hotel.
2017
FUSION Exemplar 2016 Group pic

Leading Industries recognised as an Exemplars of Innovation

Five companies from across the island were awarded ‘Exemplar’ status by InterTradeIreland at a prestigious event held in Carton House in Maynooth yesterday. The award recognises exceptionally high levels of innovation and collaboration between a company, a graduate and an academic as part of InterTradeIreland’s FUSION programme. The companies acknowledged were Novegen Ltd, Dublin; Complete Laboratory Solutions, Galway; Aspira Ltd from Cork, Tyrone Fabrication, Tyrone and Copper Industries from Toombebridge.
2017
Cross Border Business Expo 2017

Cross Border Business Support Expo 2017

Calling all Business Owners/Managers and New Starts-ups
2016

€16.6 million of EU Funding set to transform Cross Border Business Research

Approximately €16.6m has been offered under the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme to develop the Research & Innovation capacity of over 1,400 SMEs on a cross-border basis, through the ‘Co-Innovate’ project. The funding offer is the first to be announced under the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme. Upon completion the project will increase the proportion of SMEs and micro-businesses involved in cross-border R&I collaboration within Northern Ireland, Western Scotland and the Border Region of Ireland from 22% to 33%.
2016
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Dublin biotech firm Valitacell wins InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Competition

Dublin biotech company, Valitacell, was crowned the overall winner of the 14th annual InterTradeIreland Seedcorn competition which is the island’s biggest business competition for new start and early stage companies. Valitacell won a cash prize of €100,000 at the grand final held at The Waterfront Hall in Belfast last night. The other main winner on the night was Dundalk based Gecko Governance who won the Best Early Stage Company Category award and a cash prize of €50,000. The winners were announced at the grand final of the competition which was attended by over 200 guests.
2016
Aidan Gough speaking at H2020 conference

ITI Business Monitor reveals continued uncertainty following Brexit

The latest quarterly Business Monitor Report (July – September 2016) released today by InterTradeIreland paints a mixed economic picture that reflects a widespread nervousness and sense of uncertainty among the business community in Northern Ireland and Ireland. While 32% of businesses still say they are growing, this figure is at its lowest level for 36 months. On the other hand, there has been a small increase in the numbers reporting that growth is declining pointing to more of a slowing in overall growth than any signs of contraction at this point. Sales figures also show a positive though declining balance.
2016
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Belfast Companies announced as regional winners in Seedcorn competition

~ Yedup Ltd and Liopa Ltd secure €20,000 cash prize and go forward to all-island final ~
2016
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Southside Companies win Dublin final of InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Competition

~ Nasal Medical and Valitacell each secure €20,000 cash prize and go forward to national final ~
2016
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Louth Companies win Connacht & Leinster final of Seedcorn Competition

~ Gecko Governance and OVVO each secure €20,000 cash prize and go forward to national final ~
2016

€2M deal helps HBAN-backed Wicklow Wolf brew up 20 jobs

Investment will fund a new, larger brewing site in Wicklow, enabling 15-fold increase in production; Investment includes €722,000 from HBAN Food Syndicate, which will help the company expand into international markets including the US, Asia and Europe; Food Syndicate’s second investment in Wicklow Wolf this year brings its total investment to over €800k in 18 months; Company sold its first beer just two years ago and now has over 16 beers in production.
2016
Seedcorn Munster Regional Winners 2016

Munster Regional Winners of InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Competition Announced

Skellig Surgical, Cork and Kollect, Waterford both secure €20,000 cash prize and go forward to national final.
2016

HBAN looks to raise record €6M in 48 hours

Dublin, 5th October 2016 – HBAN, the all-island organisation responsible for the promotion of business angel investment, today announces that it will seek to raise new funds of €6M in the space of just 48 hours, starting Wednesday 9th November in Dublin. The organisation will also visit Cork, Waterford and Galway, speaking to potential new business angels looking to invest in some of Ireland’s most promising start-ups.
2016
ITI Tyrone

InterTradeIreland to invest more than £16m in 300 SME Cross-Border Projects

Investment in the FUSION Programme has potential of £300m in outputs and creation of future jobs for graduates
2016

InterTradeIreland helps microbusinesses elevate their sales

InterTradeIreland has announced that it currently has funding available for small and micro businesses looking to explore new cross-border markets through its sales development programme, Elevate. Through Elevate, InterTradeIreland provides sector-specific sales support of up to £5,000/€6,000 across a range of sectors including food and beverage, ICT and Engineering as well as many others.
2016
Aidan Gough speaking at H2020 conference

Businesses on both sides of the border unprepared for Brexit result

The latest quarterly (April - June 2016) Business Monitor Report from InterTradeIreland released today illustrates, against a backdrop of generally positive business performance, that the outcome of the referendum on Britain’s exit of the EU has caught a large majority of businesses offside. The report indicated that 97% of businesses in Ireland and 96% in Northern Ireland have no plan in place to deal with the consequences of the vote to ‘leave’.
2016
Grainne Lennon InterTradeIreland with Patrick Joy Business Angel

Business Angels provide ‘smart money’ to entrepreneurs

InterTradeIreland has published a unique all island report into the Business Angel investor market. According to the report, “Funding for growth: The Business Angels Market on the Island of Ireland”, Business Angel investment on the island is estimated to be worth between €70 million and €120 million annually.
2016
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InterTradeIreland welcomes North South successes in EU Horizon 2020 programme

Researchers from Northern Ireland and Ireland have collaborated to win €45.5million in competitive funding from Europe’s flagship research programme, Horizon 2020, recently released figures have revealed. These successes account for almost 10% of Ireland’s and nearly half of Northern Ireland’s total funding secured with many involving companies from both jurisdictions further strengthening cross-border collaboration and partnerships.
2016
Aidan Gough speaking at H2020 conference

Business Monitor shows agri-food sector outperforming sectors in terms of growth

• 53% of agri-food businesses across the island are growing compared to the average of 39% of all firms • 18% of agri-food firms have increased employment in the last quarter • More than half (52%) of agri-food firms are exporting, twice as many as the island-wide average
2016
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LATEST INTERTRADEIRELAND BUSINESS MONITOR Q1 2016

LATEST INTERTRADEIRELAND BUSINESS MONITOR REVEALS BUSINESSES WHICH ARE EXPORTING ARE OUTPERFORMING THOSE TRADING DOMESTICALLY. The latest quarterly Business Monitor Report (January to March 2016) released today highlighted an overall continuing solid picture of recovery with 88% of businesses on the island reporting growth; however the disparity between domestic market traders and those engaging in export is increasing.
2016
Deadline looms for Seedcorn Competition with top prize of €100k

Deadline looms for Seedcorn Competition with top prize of €100k

InterTradeIreland is encouraging businesses across the island to get their applications in for its Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition before the 27th May for a chance to win a share of the total cash prize fund of €280,000. Now in its 14th year, the competition is open to all independent companies incorporated in Ireland or Northern Ireland in the seed, start-up or early stages of business development and ideally targeting international markets.
2016
Seedcorn Launch 2016 Belfast

Search begins for best new start and early stage company across the island.

InterTradeIreland’s Seedcorn Competition offers €280k in total cash prize fund and the skills to become ‘investor ready’. If you own a new start or early stage company, imagine how a cash injection of €100,000 would accelerate your plans. With an overall prize fund of €280,000, InterTradeIreland has launched its annual Seedcorn Competition which offers a lifeline to young companies seeking to raise equity to help their business grow and develop.
2016
Export Matters Action Plan

Bell: Export-led growth essential to development of economic growth

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell has launched the Export Matters Action Plan in Belfast. The Export Matters Action Plan, developed in conjunction with Invest Northern Ireland and IntertradeIreland, aims to encourage companies in Northern Ireland to be active and successful in selling in a global market. Launching the plan, Jonathan Bell said: “Export-led growth is essential to the development of economic growth and helps underpin sustainable job opportunities which can have a substantial ripple effect across the economy. Growing our economy through increasing exports and external sales in Northern Ireland is the key aim of the Export Matters Action Plan.
2016
Venture Capital Conference 2016

INTERTRADEIRELAND VENTURE CAPITAL CONFERENCE – ‘GROWING SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSES’

~ Brian Conlon, First Derivatives CEO, delivers key insight on local business success story ~ One of Northern Ireland’s most successful entrepreneurs, Brian Conlon, Chief Executive and founder of First Derivatives, was the keynote speaker at the 15th annual InterTradeIreland Venture Capital conference held in Belfast today.
2016
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LATEST INTERTRADEIRELAND BUSINESS MONITOR

The latest quarterly Business Monitor Report (October to December 2015) released today has indicated that pressures for businesses have changed over the last quarter and are now topped by concerns typical of a growing economy with more than half of businesses citing competition and discounting by competitors (both at 54%) as a key issue for their business. While this is not ideal for individual firms, it is a sign of a relatively healthy market. When coupled with cashflow worries at 49%, it is indicative of business conditions with low margins in a competitive market.
2016
FREE PUBLIC PROCUREMENT SEMINARS 
FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES

FREE PUBLIC PROCUREMENT SEMINARS FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES

Do you want to do business with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council? Do you want to know more about public procurement and get tips to win contracts? Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council in conjunction with InterTradeIreland and Central Procurement Directorate are hosting a number of FREE procurement seminars pitched both at businesses which are new to tendering and those who wish to improve their current practices.
2016
Vennetics, an innovator of Video on Demand (VoD)

ITI Acumen Programme help Vennetics secure Cross-Border business with Banterflix

The Banterflix search facility enables Northern Ireland viewers to find all their favourite Movies and TV shows in one place. Vennetics, an innovator of Video on Demand (VoD) applications, working with Banterflix has announced the launch of “Banterflix Search” a groundbreaking service that enables Northern Ireland viewers to search for movie content across the leading Video on Demand catalogues all from one easy to use site banterflix.com. Vennetics K-Box provides a combined view of the most popular VoD services including Netflix, Amazon, Google Play, iTunes and YouTube. It then uniquely combines the video content from the catalogues into one easy to use screen on banterflix.com.
2016
Export Knowledge Launch

National Export Hub announces new initiative to educate SME’s in export

The Irish Exporters Association’s National Export Hub in partnership with InterTradeIreland today announced the launch of the Export Knowledge Programme, a new educational programme aimed at supporting SME’s to improve their exporting capabilities. Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD launched the exciting new initiative with Simon McKeever, CEO of the Irish Exporters Association and Thomas Hunter McGowan, CEO of InterTradeIreland at an event at the Irish Office of the European Commission.
2016

Cross Border Business Support Expo January 2016

Calling all Business Owners/Managers and New Starts-ups Are you in business and want to know about the support you can obtain? What business grants you can apply for? Which funded programmes will help you grow your business? Do you need to secure finance? Thinking of entering new markets? Do you need help on how to survive? Are you looking to expand and/or recruit? Want to start your own business? Are you unsure of where to look for guidance, support and advice? If the answer is ‘YES’ to any of these questions come to the Cross Border Business Support Expo taking place on Wednesday the 27th January in the Carrickdale Hotel between 9.30am until 12.30pm.
2015
InterTradeIreland Award for Cookstown-based CDEnviro

InterTradeIreland Award for Cookstown-based CDEnviro.

Co Tyrone-based CDEnviro Ltd. was today awarded the prestigious ‘InterTradeIreland FUSION Project Exemplar’, which was presented this year to only five companies in total across the island. The ‘Project Exemplar’ award recognises exceptionally high levels of innovation and collaboration between a firm, their graduate and an academic as part of the InterTradeIreland FUSION programme.
2015
Malone Farm Machinery

InterTradeIreland Award for Co Mayo-based Malone Farm Machinery

Claremorris-based Malone Farm Machinery (Malone FM)was today awarded the prestigious ‘InterTradeIreland FUSION Project Exemplar’, which was presented this year to only five companies in total across the island. The ‘Project Exemplar’ award recognises exceptionally high levels of innovation and collaboration between a firm, their graduate and an academic as part of the InterTradeIreland FUSION programme.
2015
Seedcorn 2015 Overall Winner - Ocean Survivor

Innovative Limerick company Winner of 13th annual ITI Seedcorn Competition

Limerick company, Ocean Survivor, was crowned the Overall Winner of the 13th annual InterTradeIreland Seedcorn competition, winning a cash prize of €100,000 at the grand final held at Clontarf Castle last night. The other main winner on the night was Dublin company, SiriusXT who won the Best Early Stage Company Category award and a cash prize of €50,000.
2015
Dr Ann Bartuska, Deputy Under Secretary USDA's Research, Education & Economics mission area

U.S.-Ireland Partnership Announces Expansion of Research Collaboration

The thirteenth meeting of the US-Ireland R&D Partnership Steering Group held on November 17th in Farmleigh House, Dublin, announced an extension of the Partnership to include agriculture research and celebrated the successful launch of the first two projects connecting research centres in the U.S., Ireland, and Northern Ireland. ‌
2015
NI Regional Finalists Seedcorn Competition 2015

Modern Democracy and Photonics Measurements both secure €20,000 in funding

Derry~Londonderry company, Modern Democracy, was recently named the Best Early Stage company and Belfast-based Photonics Measurements the best New Start company at the Northern Ireland final of the 2015 InterTradeIreland All-Island Seedcorn Investor Readiness competition. They overcame tough competition to each walk away with a €20,000 cash prize to help finance the early stages of their ventures. The companies will now go on to compete in the all-island final of the competition, which will take place on Wednesday 25th November at Clontarf Castle, Dublin.
2015
LATEST INTERTRADEIRELAND BUSINESS MONITOR REVEALS DIVERGENCE IN
NORTHERN IRELAND AND REPUBLIC OF IRELAND BUSINESS PERFORMANCE

LATEST INTERTRADEIRELAND BUSINESS MONITOR

Latest InterTradeIreland Business Monitor Reveals Divergence in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland Business Performance • 84% of companies across the island either stable or growing • 41% of firms in Ireland are increasing sales compared to 33% in Northern Ireland • Majority of companies believe no negative impact from National Living Wage Introduction • Cash flow topping list of key challenges for business (11%) • 6% of companies concerned about energy costs compared to 15% in Q3 2014
2015
Dublin companies pick up top prizes at regional final of InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Competition

SiriusXT and KillBiller both secure €20,000 and go forward to national final

Two Dublin companies triumphed at the Dublin regional final of the 2015 all-island InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition. UCD spin off SiriusXT was named Best Early Stage Company and city centre based KillBiller was named Best New Start company at the regional final. Both beat off tough competition to each walk away with a €20,000 cash prize to help finance the early stages of their ventures. The companies will now go on to compete in the all-island final of the competition, which will take place on Wednesday 25th November at Clontarf Castle, Dublin.
2015
Gallagher's Bakery

InterTradeIreland Award for Co Donegal-based Gallagher’s Bakery

Ardara-based Gallagher’s Bakery was awarded the prestigious ‘InterTradeIreland FUSION Project Exemplar’ last Friday, which was presented this year to only five companies in total across the island. The ‘Project Exemplar’ award recognises exceptionally high levels of innovation and collaboration between a firm, their graduate and an academic as part of the InterTradeIreland FUSION programme. Gallagher’s Bakery supplies bread products and specialty lines, including gluten-free products to commercial customers across Ireland and further afield, with customers in Northern Ireland, GB, Europe, America, Canada and Australia.
2015
King Digital

Kong Digital Limited and Aphix Software both secure €20,000 cash prize

Louth companies triumphed at the Connacht & Leinster final of the 2015 all-island InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition. Ardee-based company Kong Digital was named Best Early Stage company and Drogheda company Aphix Software was named Best New Start company at the regional final. Both beat off tough competition to each walk away with a €20,000 cash prize to help finance the early stages of their ventures. The companies will now go on to compete in the all-island final of the competition, which will take place on Wednesday 25th November at Clontarf Castle, Dublin.
2015
Aphix Software

Kong Digital Limited and Aphix Software both secure €20,000 cash prize

Louth companies triumphed at the Connacht & Leinster final of the 2015 all-island InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition. Ardee-based company Kong Digital was named Best Early Stage company and Drogheda company Aphix Software was named Best New Start company at the regional final. Both beat off tough competition to each walk away with a €20,000 cash prize to help finance the early stages of their ventures. The companies will now go on to compete in the all-island final of the competition, which will take place on Wednesday 25th November at Clontarf Castle, Dublin.
2015
Cork Finalist Seedcorn Competition 2015

Rendicity secures €20,000 cash prize and goes forward to national final

Cork company, Unified Computing t/a Rendicity, was today named the Best Early Stage company at the Munster final of the 2015 InterTradeIreland all-island Seedcorn Investor Readiness competition. Rendicity, which is based in Bishopstown, Cork, overcame tough competition from two other Munster finalists to win €20,000 to help finance the early stages of its ventures. The company will now go on to compete against 3 other businesses in the all-island final of the competition, which will take place on Wednesday 25th November at Clontarf Castle, Dublin.
2015
Finalists Seedcorn Competition 2015

Deviate Aspire secures €20,000 cash prize and goes forward to national final

Limerick company, Deviate Aspire, was today named the Best New Start company at the Munster final of the 2015 InterTradeIreland all-island Seedcorn Investor Readiness competition. Deviate Aspire, which is based at the University of Limerick, overcame tough competition from two other Munster finalists to win €20,000 to help finance the early stages of its ventures. The company will now go on to compete against 3 other companies in the all-island final of the competition, which will take place on Wednesday 25th November at Clontarf Castle, Dublin.
2015
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InterTradeIreland Award for Co Clare-based ABC Nutrition Ltd

Co Clare-based ABC Nutrition Ltd (ABC) was recently awarded the prestigious ‘InterTradeIreland FUSION Project Exemplar’, which was presented this year to only five companies in total across the island. The ‘Project Exemplar’ award recognises exceptionally high levels of innovation and collaboration between a firm, their graduate and an academic as part of the InterTradeIreland FUSION programme.
2015
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Angels reach €50M milestone with Connexicon Medical’s €1.15M investment

HBAN, a joint initiative of InterTradeIreland and Enterprise Ireland responsible for the all-island promotion of business angel investment, today announces that it has breached the landmark of €50 million invested by business angels. A further €89 million has been leveraged from other sources including Enterprise Ireland, Western Development Commission and local and international venture capital funds.
2015
Aidan Gough speaking at H2020 conference

Over €19m in North South competitive R&D funding won in first year of H2020

Attendees at the fifth annual all-island InterTradeIreland ‘Collaborate to Innovate Conference: Delivering Competitive Proposals’, held in Belfast, heard that the value of North South R&D activity won in the Horizon 2020 Programme to date is €19.36m. This represents a 62% increase when compared to the same period in Framework Programme 7 (FP7).
2015
Davra Fusion Exemplar Award

InterTradeIreland Award for Dublin based DAVRA

Dublin-based Davra Network was recently awarded the prestigious ‘InterTradeIreland FUSION Project Exemplar’, which was presented this year to only five companies in total across the island. The ‘Project Exemplar’ award recognises exceptionally high levels of innovation and collaboration between a firm, their graduate and an academic as part of the InterTradeIreland FUSION programme.
2015
Louth Startup Gathering

Louth to help Ireland become global startup hub for jobs and innovation by 2020

Louth companies can help make Ireland a global startup hub for jobs and innovation by 2020 - National Startup Gathering 2015 running from 5 to 10 October – InterTradeIreland is calling on all SMEs, start-ups and entrepreneur’s right across the island to attend the free events, workshops and seminars organised as part of the Startup Gathering 2015. The aim of the Gathering is to promote entrepreneurship and help develop world class develop regional startup hubs, as well as highlighting Ireland’s startup sector to global entrepreneurs, investors and R&D teams.
2015
Irish Venture Capital Association

20,000 jobs created by Irish venture capital backed firms over last 10 years

20,000 jobs created by Irish venture capital backed firms over last 10 years. Total Irish funds under management now exceed €2 billion but IVCA 30th annual dinner hears call for more equitable tax treatment of early stage backers and entrepreneurs. 20,000 high quality jobs have been created by Irish venture capital backed companies over the past 10 years and supported another 50,000 downstream. Total Irish venture capital funds under management now exceed €2 billion. This was stated by Brian Caulfield, chairman, Irish Venture Capital Association, when he addressed the organisation’s 30th annual dinner in Dublin on Thursday last the 1st October.
2015
Graduate Careers Fair

InterTradeIreland at Ireland’s Largest Graduate Careers Fair

On the 7th October 2015, the RDS Simmonscourt will host Ireland’s largest graduate recruitment event, the gradireland Graduate Careers Fair. InterTradeIreland will be in attendance and are currently recruiting graduates primarily in Science, Technology and Engineering disciplines, to their Graduate Programme, which offers full time jobs across the island and a post graduate diploma. . This is the ideal event for students and recent graduates to speak to our team about working with InterTradeIreland.
2015
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The EXIM Summit takes place in Dublin this November

AS Ireland’s economy continues to exceed expectations as the fastest growing economy in the EU - and with strong growth levels forecast for 2016 - a unique conference recognising the contribution of Exports-Imports to the recovery of the economy will be held in Dublin this November.
2015
IRISH BIZ PARTY INSPIRES CONFERENCE

Irish Biz Party Phenomenon to Descend on Fermanagh

The online phenomenon that is Irish Biz Party have chosen Fermanagh as the destination for their fifth national business conference, which takes place in the Killyhevlin Hotel,Enniskillen, on Wednesday 14th October. Founded by Bank of Ireland Start up Hero award winner and Tweeting Goddess, Samantha Kelly, Irish Biz Party is an online community of businesses who advise, guide and promote each other.
2015
Export Forum Leadership Announcement

The Boeing Company announced as first speaker at Export Leadership Forum

The Boeing Company announced as first international speaker at inaugural Export Leadership Forum On Wednesday 9 September, the Irish Exporters Association (IEA) made an initial announcement to the export community of the inaugural Export Leadership Forum, which is officially announced today. The Forum will take place on the 10th and 11th February 2016 in Croke Park. With an agenda set to include over 60 national and global speakers across 8 conference streams, the two day Export Leadership Forum is set to be the largest European event to focus on all aspects of exporting.
2015
ASM ‘Cross Border Bureau' trade initiative

ASM kick starts ‘Cross Border Bureau' seminar series with InterTradeIreland.

Yesterday (Thursday 10th September) saw award-winning firm ASM Chartered Accountants kick-start a seminar series aimed at providing SMEs interested in growing their cross border trade with practical financial advice.
2015
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Closing Date to Enter Business Achievers Awards

The closing date to enter the Business Achievers Awards is Friday 25th September 2015. Just a few more weeks to be in with a chance to win a €50,000 advertising bursary; business mentoring from Enterprise Ireland; a full service communications workshop by leading PR and marketing professionals, networking opportunities, a specially commissioned video, press coverage, a big Gala night out… Here is a reminder of all the benefits your business could get for spending 30 minutes on the form.
2015

All-island recovery continues but at a slower pace in Q2

Recovery is being driven by only 40% of firms. InterTradeIreland’s latest quarterly Business Monitor (Q2: April – June 2015) has indicated that 83% of businesses are stable or growing but that the recovery is driven by just 40% of firms with manufacturing and business service firms the two biggest growth sectors. However, while businesses continue to experience recovery across the island, it is at a slower pace than in recent quarters, where in the first quarter of 2015, 88% of businesses were stable or growing.
2015
Halo Business Angel Network HBAN

HBAN record 2014 - €30M funding to create an estimated 700 jobs

• Jobs to be filled by 2017 across 48 HBAN-supported companies • Galway-based medical devices company Embo Medical raised over €1.5M from business angel funding creating 13 jobs • Northern-Ireland based Treze raised €150,000 from angels creating 20 jobs • Dublin-based Lumafit raised €175,000 from angels creating 15 jobs • HBAN looking to recruit new angel investors
2015
Startup Gathering Launched

Startup Gathering Launched

Set to be one of the biggest Startup events in the wold, Startup Gathering 2015 will take place across Ireland from 5th – 10th October, with over 50 events being planned across 5 days, 5 industries, and 5 Cities. Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford will all be promoting entrepreneurship, innovation and Ireland’s startup sector to national and international audiences.
2015
‘Cross Border Bureau' trade initiative with InterTradeIreland.

ASM with InterTradeIreland delivers ‘Cross Border Bureau' trade initiative

Award-winning firm ASM Chartered Accountants has launched a series of events aimed at providing SMEs with practical advice on cross-border matters such as tax, pensions, and other pertinent issues. This new initiative will be delivered in partnership with InterTradeIreland, the cross-border business development agency. The initiative, to be known as 'the Cross Border Bureau', will aim to promote business growth through cross-border trade, by providing advice and consultancy to businesses operating between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
2015
Meet the Buyer Belfast Event 17th June 2015

InterTradeIreland Meet the Buyer event sees more than 600 delegates take part

More than 600 local SMEs turned out at the InterTradeIreland ‘Meet the Buyer’ event in Belfast yesterday to find out how they could be better placed to tap into the lucrative public procurement market. Worth £2.8bn in Northern Ireland and €8.5bn in the south, both markets continue to offer substantial opportunities for small businesses, despite the decreases in public spending.
2015
Search begins for Northern Ireland’s top achievers in business

Search begins for Northern Ireland’s top achievers in business

Ulster Bank launches popular Business Achievers Awards for 2015. Top achievers in business are being encouraged to enter a leading awards scheme that could land them unrivalled publicity, including a £35,000 publishing bursary. Ulster Bank today officially launches its prestigious Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards, which include awards for Ulster companies, followed by an all-island final.
2015
InterTradeIreland’s Business Monitor

InterTradeIreland’s Q1 Business Monitor

Positive but cautious outlook shown by firms in Q1 according to InterTradeIreland’s Business Monitor • 88% of firms across the island either stable or growing • 47% of firms in Ireland are expanding compared to 34% in Northern Ireland • 56% of firms involved in cross-border sales experiencing growth compared to 40% of those with no export sales • Small increase in employment levels this quarter with 11% taking on staff • Sales performance has declined from 39% to 32% with more exporters increasing sales • 68% of firms plan to invest in the next year
2015
Funding for Growth image

SMEs ENCOURAGED TO REGISTER FOR FREE INTERTRADEIRELAND ‘FUNDING FOR GROWTH’

As part of its new ‘Funding for Growth’ Advisory Service, InterTradeIreland announced a series of 12 free regional workshops and 20 free advisory clinics throughout 2015 delivered by business advisors, Grant Thornton. The workshops will provide independent and objective advice to the SMEs in attendance.
2015
29th May final deadline for entries to €280,000 Seedcorn investor readiness competition

29th May final deadline for entries to €280,000 Seedcorn Competition

The environment has never been better for start-ups to attract early stage financing according to InterTradeIreland at the final call for entries for the All-Island Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition, which closes on Friday 29th May. The competition, which supports young innovative companies, offers a share of a €280,000 total cash prize, with no equity stake taken in the winning company.
2015
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InterTradeIreland helps Micro Businesses Elevate their Sales

InterTradeIreland has today launched the next phase of its sales development programme, Elevate, which aims to help small businesses across Ireland, in particular microbusinesses with less than ten employees, develop sales opportunities through first time cross-border exports.
2015
Business to Consumer Expo

Business to Consumer Expo

Why you should attend the Business to Consumer Expo which takes place in the Marshes Shopping Centre on Friday 15th May from 10am to 5pm
2015
NAUTILUS WINS BIG AT ALL IRELAND INNOVATION AWARDS

Nautilus wins big at All Island Innovation Awards

Newry-based Nautilus NI Ltd has won the IT and Telecommunications category at this year’s Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards. The event was held at Belfast City hall and was attended by over 220 guests and Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster.
2015
Mayo firm PanelDuct scoops ‘Innovation of the Year’ at The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards

Mayo firm PanelDuct scoops ‘Innovation of the Year’

Mayo firm PanelDuct scoops ‘Innovation of the Year’ at The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards Huge boost for innovation in the West as two Galway firms also claim awards BFree Foods wins Best North/South Collaboration award
2015
Seedcorn Competition launches with €280k cash prize up for grabs!

InterTradeIreland provides the successful formula for Investor Readiness

Irish entrepreneurs could receive a significant cash boost for their business, thanks to a total prize fund of €280,000 being offered by InterTradeIreland’s Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition 2015. Now in its 13th year, InterTradeIreland is calling on young, innovative companies from all business sectors to enter the competition.
2015
VC Conference 2015

14th Annual InterTradeIreland Venture Capital Conference

InterTradeIreland Venture Capital Conference showcases investment opportunities available to Irish companies in 2015 “Your opportunity to meet investors’’ Venture capital funding to SMEs rose over 40% to €401m last year, the highest level seen for 10 years and 22 VC funds and Business Angel networks attending conference.
2015
Aidan Gough

InterTradeIreland: 85% of firms either stable or growing across the island

InterTradeIreland: 85% of firms either stable or growing across the island Cross-Border Trading Businesses much more likely to be growing, innovating and investing
2015
Limavady Electronics Company Recognised for Outstanding Innovation

Limavady Electronics Company Recognised for Outstanding Innovation

Limavady based company Arbarr Electronics, a High Tech SME specialising in Energy Storage Systems, has been commended for its achievement in InterTradeIreland’s FUSION programme and awarded with a ‘Project Exemplar’ for outstanding innovation. The award recognises exceptionally high levels of innovation and collaboration between a company, their graduate and an academic as part of the FUSION programme.
2015
INTERTRADEIRELAND LAUNCHES NEW ‘FUNDING FOR GROWTH’ ADVISORY

InterTradeIreland launches new ‘Funding For Growth’ Advisory Service

InterTradeIreland has launched a new ‘Funding for Growth Advisory Service’ for local SMEs. The service is aimed at established small businesses in Northern Ireland looking to grow and prosper by educating and informing them on new and alternative sources of finance.
2015
Funding for Growth Dublin

InterTradeIreland launches new ‘Funding For Growth’ Advisory Service

InterTradeIreland has today launched a new ‘Funding for Growth Advisory Service’ for local SMEs. The service is aimed at established SMEs in Ireland who are looking to grow and prosper by educating and informing them on new and alternative sources of finance.
2015
Cross Border Business Support Expo

Cross Border Business Support Expo

Over 200 business delegates braved the heavy snow to attend a Cross Border Business Support Expo hosted by Newry and Dundalk Chambers of Commerce and supported by InterTradeIreland, Louth Local Enterprise Board on the 29th January in the Carrickdale Hotel.
2015
The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards shortlist is announced

18 of Ireland’s most innovative companies nominated for top award

Businesses in Dublin, Antrim and Galway lead the way as the search for the most innovative business on the island of Ireland is one step closer following the announcement of the shortlist for The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards.
2015
The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards shortlist is announced

5 Northern Ireland companies shortlisted

The search for the most innovative business on the island of Ireland is one step closer following the announcement of the shortlist for The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards.
2015
StableLab

InterTradeIreland FUSION Project Exemplar

InterTradeIreland’s technology transfer and innovation programme FUSION, partners companies north and south with a third-level institution providing them with the specialist expertise of a high calibre graduate working directly in the organisation to deliver a new product or process improvement project. Through the Programme, Co. Sligo based StableLab has benefitted from the services of one of the University of Ulster’s leading academics, Jim McLaughlin and Mechatronics graduate John O’Toole.
2015
Cross Border Business Support Expo 2015

Calling all Business Owners/Managers and New Starts-ups

Are you in business and want to know about the support you can obtain? What business grants you can apply for? Which funded programmes will help you grow your business? Do you need to secure finance? Thinking of entering new markets? Do you need help on how to survive? Are you looking to expand and/or recruit? Want to start your own business? Are you unsure of where to look for guidance, support and advice?
2014
Dungannon Snack Food Company Recognised for Outstanding Innovation

Dungannon Snack Food Company Recognised for Outstanding Innovation

Tyrone based company Mackle Snacks has been commended for its achievement in InterTradeIreland’s FUSION programme and awarded with a ‘Project Exemplar’ for outstanding innovation. The award recognises exceptionally high levels of innovation and collaboration between a company, their graduate and an academic as part of the FUSION programme.
2014
Wicklow Environmental Waste Disposal Company Recognised for Outstanding Innovation

BioCore Recognised for Outstanding Innovation

Bray based company BioCore has been commended for its achievement in InterTradeIreland’s FUSION programme and awarded with a ‘Project Exemplar’ for outstanding innovation. The ‘Project Exemplar’ award recognises exceptionally high levels of innovation and collaboration between a firm, their graduate and an academic as part of the FUSION programme.
2014
Winners of ‘InBusiness Editors Choice Awards’ Announced

Winners of ‘InBusiness Editors Choice Awards’ Announced

Irish companies and individuals were recognised at the third InBusiness Editor’s Choice Awards yesterday, Wednesday 10th December 2014. The awards honour outstanding achievement in the Irish business community and the winners were selected based on the broad criteria of growth, profile of business, range of services and customer care. With 27 categories the InBusiness Editor’s Choice Awards provide a rare opportunity to gather together representatives from a wide variety of business sectors. The event was hosted by Today FM broadcaster, Anton Savage at Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club.
2014
Aidan Gough speaking at H2020 conference

Continued North South research collaboration can deliver €175 million in funding

- New North South initiative positions SMEs across the island to avail of Horizon 2020 opportunities to boost growth and jobs -
2014
System Ready

Pioneering medical device and software solution companies win Seedcorn

~ €280,000 cash prize fund awarded to winning companies ~
2014
Seedcorn 2014 winners pic

Pioneering medical device and software solution companies win Seedcorn

~ €150,000 prize fund awarded to the Cork and Dublin winning companies ~
2014
Aidan Gough - ITI Business Monitor Q3 2013

45% of firms reporting recovery according to ITI’s Business Monitor

Strong business performance across all sectors in Q3 2014.
2014
Aidan Gough - ITI Business Monitor Q3 2013

Small and domestic firms across the island now reporting recovery

Strong business performance across all sectors in Q3 2014.
2014
Aventamed

Cork Company wins Munster final of InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Competition

14th November 2014 – Cork company, Aventamed, was today named the Best Early Stage company at the Munster final of the 2014 InterTradeIreland All-Island Seedcorn Investor Readiness competition. Aventamed, which is based at the CREATE Building in CIT, overcame tough competition from two other finalists to win €20,000 to help finance the early stages of its ventures. The company will now go on to compete in the all-island final of the competition, which will take place on Wednesday 26th November at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast.
2014
Sonarsim

SonarSim secures €20,000 and goes forward to final Seedcorn Competition

14th November 2014 – Limerick company, SonarSim, was today named the Best New Start company at the Munster final of the 2014 InterTradeIreland All-Island Seedcorn Investor Readiness competition. SonarSim, which is based in Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre (HEAC) at LIT, overcame tough competition from two other finalists to win €20,000 to help finance the early stages of its ventures. The company will now go on to compete in the all-island final of the competition, which will take place on Wednesday 26th November at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast.
2014
South East BIC Logo

Launch of €4 million fund for new Applications in Smart Agriculture

South East BIC, based in Waterford, is delighted to be the Irish partner in the SmartAgriFood European Project. The project aims to boost the application and use of future internet technologies in the Agri-Food sector, will increase the competiveness of the European Agri-Food domain and intends to engage a huge number of SMEs in the Agri-Food domain throughout Europe.
2014
Nearfield Communications Seedcorn regional winner

Westmeath Company wins regional final of InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Competition

Westmeath company, Nearfield Communications, was today named the Best Early Stage company at the Connacht & Leinster final of the 2014 InterTradeIreland All-Island Seedcorn Investor Readiness competition. Nearfield Communications, which is based in Athlone, overcame tough competition from two other finalists to win €20,000 to help finance the early stages of its ventures. The company will now go on to compete in the all-island final of the competition, which will take place on Wednesday 26th November at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast.
2014
EVB Sports Seedcorn regional winner photo

EVB Sports Shorts secures €20,000 and goes forward to overall final of Seedcorn

Louth company, EVB Sports Shorts Ltd, was today named the Best New Start company at the Connacht & Leinster final of the 2014 InterTradeIreland All-Island Seedcorn Investor Readiness competition. EVB Sports Shorts, which is based in Drogheda, overcame tough competition from two other finalists to win €20,000 to help finance the early stages of its ventures. The company will now go on to compete in the all-island final of the competition, which will take place on Wednesday 26th November at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast.
2014
MTB ROI PR Pic 2014

Greater opportunities for SMEs in €12 billion public procurement market

SMEs need to be encouraged to avail of the €12 billion public procurement market that was the message from InterTradeIreland at the annual ‘Meet the Buyer’ event at CityWest in Dublin today (12th November 2014). The event, attended by a record 1,000 small and medium enterprises and 150 buyers from across the public sector, north and south, focussed on the opportunities for SMEs with major public sector buyers across the island. Key buyers that attended included the Office of Government Procurement, Health Service Executive, , Central Bank of Ireland, , NI Water and ESB Networks who met directly with small business owners to raise awareness of the kinds of service they tender for, forthcoming opportunities and how they tender.
2014
Stayhold Seedcorn Dublin regional winner

Dublin Regional Winners Announced for InterTradereland Seedcorn Competition

TruePivot, which is based in the Digital Hub, Dublin 8, was today named the Best New Start company and Swords-based company, Stayhold, was named the Best Early Stage company at the Dublin final of the 2014 InterTradeIreland All-Island Seedcorn Investor Readiness competition. The companies will now go on to compete in the all-island final of the competition, which will take place on Wednesday 26th November at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast.
2014
INTERTRADEIRELAND ANNOUNCES NI REGIONALSEEDCORN WINNERS

Two Belfast companies each scoop €20,000 cash prize

Two Belfast companies each scoop €20,000 cash prize and will go on to compete against six Irish firms for top title. Belfast firms PT Dock and Jenarron Therapeutics, were unveiled as the Northern Ireland regional winners of the 2014 InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition, the largest business competition of its kind across the island North and South. They will now go on to represent Northern Ireland in the all-island final which will take place on 26 November in the Stormont Hotel in Belfast.
2014
Mark Roden of Ding Named As EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014

Mark Roden of Ding Named As EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014

Mark Roden, the founder and CEO of Ding, was named as EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 at the televised Awards Ceremony held in Dublin last night. Over 1,400 business leaders from across the island of Ireland and around the world were in attendance at the prestigious Awards Gala to celebrate the achievements of the 24 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists who, together, employ 6,000 people and generate revenues of €630 million.
2014
InterTradeIreland Meet the Buyer event

InterTradeIreland Meet the Buyer event sees more than 650 delegates take part

Following the InterTradeIreland Meet the Buyer event in Belfast today, the cross-border business development body has urged more SMEs to take advantage of the lucrative public procurement market worth £2.6bn in Northern Ireland alone and €8.5bn in Ireland and consider forming consortia to access larger contracts.
2014
24 BUSINESSES COMPETE FOR EY ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

24 BUSINESSES COMPETE FOR EY ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

After months of judging deliberations, 24 leading entrepreneurs from across the island of Ireland will finally go head-to-head this week for the title of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year. Taking place on Thursday 23 October, over 1,400 of the most illustrious names in Irish business will gather at the Citywest Hotel to celebrate the achievements of the 24 finalists who collectively employ 6,000 people and generate revenues of over €630 million.
2014
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InterTradeIreland 2014 All-Island Innovation Conference

Harnessing Productive Disruption within Teams Can Lead to Successful Innovation for Businesses. Disruption, through encouraging your team to blaze a new trail is often more important to commercial success than guiding the team along a familiar path. Recognising and supporting the disruptors in your organisation can lead to successful innovation for businesses, of all sizes.
2014
Ulster Bank Achievers

Final Call to enter 2014 Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards

Businesses across Ireland have until 26th September to enter the 2014 Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards. The awards, run in association with InterTradeIreland, the Irish Independent, Enterprise Ireland, and SmallBusinessCan.com, and chaired by Senator Mary Ann O’Brien, have already attracted a large number of entries from across the country.
2014
Innovation Awards 2014 RESIZED1

The All-Island Innovation Awards launched with a top prize worth €150k

The 2015 Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards were officially launched today at two simultaneous events in Belfast and Dublin. Hosted by the University of Ulster and KPMG, the events marked the start of the island-wide search for the best innovations that Northern Ireland and Ireland have to offer.
2014
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New report launched - Access to finance for growth for SMEs

The InterTradeIreland report provides a unique and reliable indication of the supply of finance for SMEs across the island and the level of their demand for finance for growth purposes.
2013
Aidan Gough outside ITI

InterTradeIreland Business Monitor reveals all-island business stabilisation

InterTradeIreland’s latest quarterly Business Monitor (April-June 2013) published today indicates that over 64% of businesses have either maintained or increased their sales over the last quarter. These are the most positive quarterly sales performance figures since Q2 2011. The number of firms reporting a decrease in employees is at its lowest (10%) over that same period.
2013
EOY 2013 pic

Top Entrepreneurs Return From US Trade Mission

Over 110 of Ireland’s leading entrepreneurs have just returned home from a successful CEO Retreat that took place across Chicago, University of Notre Dame and New York. Comprised of executive education sessions, networking and high profile speaker events, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year™ CEO Retreat gave attendees the opportunity to engage with top US entrepreneurs, investment bankers, economists, political advisors and academics across the east coast of America.
2013
Foster elevate launch pic 2013

Elevate offers small businesses 100% funding to develop cross-border sales

Small businesses have been hardest hit by the recession, often relying on local demand for their goods and services. While these organisations are the backbone of our economy, in order to grow, the cross-border market should be considered as their first natural export prospect and they need to have a clear export strategy in place to take advantage of this opportunity.
2013
Seedcorn ROI Press Release 2013 - Wattics Ltd

Calling Start-Ups to become Investor Ready and Compete for €280k CASH Prize Fund

InterTradeIreland is calling on new start-ups and early stage companies to enter the island’s largest business competition, the InterTradeIreland all-island Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition. The new look competition, which has a cash prize fund of €280,000 with no equity stake, aims to transform equity raising businesses into first-class investor ready companies. Now in its 11th year, the competition has supported 1,645 enterprising companies, with the companies that have made it through to the regional finals successfully raising €165m in new funds. It is considered among the investment and business communities in Ireland as one of the most important barometers for new and emerging companies.
2013
2013 NI  Seedcorn Launch - Catagen - Andrew Woods

Calling Start-Ups to become Investor Ready and Compete for €280k CASH Prize Fund

At the launch of this year’s All-Island Seedcorn Investor Readiness competition, InterTradeIreland today unveiled a new and simplified entry format and a change to the entry categories. The business competition, which is the largest of its kind on the island, will continue to offer the substantial cash prize fund of €280,000 with no equity stake taken in return, as well as the opportunity for participating firms to join the extensive Seedcorn network which helps to boost companies’ profiles, contacts and investment opportunities.
2013
Innovation Awards 2013 NI winners

NI Companies successful in All Island Innovation Awards

There was local success last night at The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards when 2 NI companies collected awards at the ceremony which was held in Belfast for the first time. Titanic Belfast was the venue and among the 6 overall category awards winners were local companies Choc-O-Bloc from Newtownards and Fast Engineering from Antrim.
2013
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Tipperary’s Trustwater is Tip-Top at Innovation Awards

Monday, 25th March, 2013. Trustwater has won the overall ‘Innovation of the Year’ Award at The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards 2013, which was held in Belfast for the first time on Friday night. The Tipperary-based firm developed a unique system for bottling plants that dramatically reduces energy and water use. The winning entry took first place in the GreenTech Innovation category and went on to compete against the five other category winners to win the ‘Innovation of the Year’ award.
2013
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InterTradeIreland Venture Capital Conference showcases investment opportunities

The 12th annual InterTradeIreland Venture Capital conference entitled, “Securing Investment in 2013” has attracted all of the major active venture capital and business angel networks from across the island to attend. With 22 VC funds and angel networks taking part, this is the highest number of investors the Venture Capital Conference has ever had taking part in the investor panel. In addition, following on from delegate feedback from the 2012 conference, InterTradeIreland introduced for the first time ‘speed networking’ for companies with investors as an integral part of the event.
2013
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Business Monitor Reveals Increased Performance Across Manufacturing and Business

The Q4 2012 Business Monitor, which surveyed over 1,000 businesses north and south in January, also revealed that 79% of companies indicated that their Christmas 2012 sales levels remained similar (51%) or decreased (28%) when compared with Christmas 2011. An examination of these figures reveals that 45% experienced the same sales as 2011 in the retail and distribution area and 61% in the leisure, hotels and catering sectors.
2013
Aidan Gough 2013 image

Manufacturing and Business Services sectors surging ahead according to survey

According to the latest all-island quarterly Business Monitor released today by InterTradeIreland, the manufacturing and business services sectors have outperformed every other industry surveyed with regards to sales increases in 2012 Q4 and they remain the most positive looking forward. Almost 70 per cent of manufacturing companies reported to be either growing or stable which is in contrast to industries such as construction within which 66 per cent of businesses reported to be contracting, surviving at all costs or winding down.
2013
Go 2 tender pr feb 13

SMEs win contracts worth £60 /€69 million through award-winning programme

900 companies have completed its award-winning Go-2-Tender programme since it began in 2007, InterTradeIreland has revealed. Since then, these firms have secured public procurement contracts, both in their own jurisdiction and cross-border, worth in excess of £60/€69 million. Today, the business support body also announced a series of 10 Go-to-Tender workshops which will take place this year across the island.
2013
Realtime

InterTradeIreland to invest €11 million in 135 Technology Transfer Projects

InterTradeIreland, the agency responsible for fostering cross border trade, investment and innovation North and South has today announced that it is to invest €11million in 135 cross border technology transfer projects.
2013
Fusion Feb 13 NI

InterTradeIreland to invest £8.8 m in 135 technology transfer projects for SMEs

InterTradeIreland, the agency responsible for fostering cross border trade, investment and innovation has today announced that it is to invest £8.8million in 135 cross border technology transfer projects. The investment will be channelled into the agency’s technology transfer programme, FUSION. The programme enables science, engineering and technology graduates to gain access to vital industry skills. InterTradeIreland is now encouraging SMEs to benefit from the increased revenue and access to innovation that FUSION can offer.
2013
Fusion 29 Jan

Programmes allow companies to access the expertise needed to develop new ideas

Minister for Small Business, John Perry TD, spoke during a visit yesterday to InterTradeIreland’s offices, Newry, Co. Down where he met with two InterTradeIreland client companies who have benefitted from their participation in InterTradeIreland programmes, FUSION and INNOVA.
2013
Business Achievers

Calling all agri-food firms to enter the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards

Food and drink companies and agri-businesses in Northern Ireland have been invited to enter the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards by a leading figure in the sector. Dr David Dobbin CBE, who is chairman of the judging panel for the prestigious all-island awards this year, says that the awards provide an excellent opportunity to promote a business and celebrate its success. The Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards have dedicated categories for businesses in the sector through their Food & Drink and Agri-Business categories. The awards are supported by Invest Northern Ireland, InterTradeIreland and Small Business Can.
2013

Euro award for Datahug

Irish company Datahug has picked up an award at a pan-European event to honour the top start-up talent in the region
2013

£1.3m/ €1.5m funding available to cross-border business partnerships

InterTradeIreland today announced that it has a further £1.3 million / €1.5m in funding available for businesses in 2013 through the Innova programme for North/South collaborative innovation partnerships to develop new products, process or service development. InterTradeIreland is calling on local businesses with an innovative idea and strong commercial potential, who have already found a strategic partner in the South to apply for Innova funding. Companies that take part in Innova can benefit from pooling their expertise and resources to bring their innovations to market faster than if working alone.
2012

Xcelerator hoping to speed things up in 2013

Irish IT entrepreneur Tony O’Dowd has received an early Christmas present after his latest start-up venture Xcelerator secured €1.2 million in funding
2012
Seedcorn winners 2012 photo

2012 Seedcorn Winners Announced

Belfast-based Catagen and Wattics from Dublin were named the Best High Growth Company and Best Emerging Company respectively at InterTradeIreland’s 2012 all-island Seedcorn Business Competition. The event, which took place at the Titanic Belfast last night (28 November), is the largest business competition on the island. As the Best High Growth Company on the island, Catagen won the overall cash prize of €100,000 while Wattics took home a cash prize of €50,000 for its success as the Best Emerging Company.
2012
Business Monitor - Aidan in office

Business Monitor reveals no signs of economic improvement

According to the latest quarterly Business Monitor for Q3 2012 released by InterTradeIreland, the protracted economic downturn is showing no signs of improvement. The Business Monitor, which surveyed 1,500 businesses north and south, at the beginning of November 2012, reveals that just over half of Southern businesses are winding down, surviving or contracting compared to 44% in the North.
2012
Business Monitor - Aidan in office

InterTradeIreland business monitor reveals no signs of economic improvement

According to the latest quarterly Business Monitor for Q3 2012 released today by InterTradeIreland, which was conducted with over 1,000 companies across the island, the protracted economic downturn is showing no signs of improvement. However SMEs remain resilient, amidst extremely difficult trading conditions. Many firms continue to have a positive outlook about their business performance over the next year.
2012
Ulster Bank Business Achievers launch photo

Ulster Bank launches 2012 Business Achievers Awards

Start-ups, food & drink firms, agri-businesses, SMEs, social enterprises and all other companies called on to embrace popular scheme Ulster Bank today launches the 19th Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards with a call to companies to embrace the full benefits of the programme – the networking, the development events and most importantly, the positive publicity it can bring.
2012
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Which are the TOP 10 most burdensome legislative acts for SMEs?

Complaints are often aired about the red tape created by European law. We want to cut red tape. We can cut red tape. However, there is a definite lack of concrete proposals to reduce this burden. With this in mind, the European Commission is calling upon businesses: "Let us know what could be done better - we would like your ideas for reducing red tape!" — the leitmotif of a consultation launched today by the Commission. This consultation process for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and their representative organisations, will help to identify the top ten EU legislative acts considered most burdensome by micro-companies and SMEs. It will run until 21 December 2012, and once complete, the Commission will analyse the results and consider how situation for SMEs could be improved.
2012
Opti Wi Fi

Docklands Company Named Winner of InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Regional Final

Docklands based company, OptiWi-fi, was today named the Best High Growth Company in the Dublin final of the 2012 InterTradeIreland Seedcorn all-island business competition. OptiWi-fi beat tough competition from two other Dublin finalists in their category to win €20,000 to help finance the early stages of its ventures. The company will now go on to compete in the all-island final of the competition, which will take place on the 28th November 2012 at the iconic Titanic Belfast building.
2012
Solvotrin

Cork based company Solvotrin Therapeutics selected as Project Exemplar

InterTradeIreland, the agency responsible for fostering cross border trade, investment and innovation North and South has today [October xth] announced that it has selected local Cork company Solvotrin Therapeutics, as a project exemplar as a direct result of its participation in its FUSION programme. FUSION has enabled the company to identify and develop a new cholesterol drug. Solvotrin is now encouraging other local SMEs across the Munster region to benefit from the increased revenue and access to expertise that FUSION can offer.
2012
wattics seedcorn 2012

NovaUCD company named winner of InterTradeIreland seedcorn regional final

NovaUCD based company, Wattics, was today named the Best Emerging Company in the Dublin final of the 2012 InterTradeIreland Seedcorn all-island business competition. Wattics beat tough competition from two other Dublin finalists in their category to win €20,000 to help finance the innovative young ventures. The company will now go on to compete in the all-island final of the competition, which will take place on the 28th November 2012 at the iconic Titanic Belfast building.
2012
Gnarly Seedcorn 2012

Gnarly Adventure secures €20,000 in funding and goes forward to national final

Limerick company, Gnarly Adventure, has been named the Best Emerging Company in the Munster final of the 2012 InterTradeIreland Seedcorn all-island business competition. Gnarly Adventure, which is based in Nexus Innovation Centre at the University of Limerick, beat tough competition from two other Munster finalists to win €20,000 to help finance the early stages of its ventures. The company will now go on to compete in the all-island final of the competition, which will take place on the 28th November 2012 at the iconic Titanic Belfast building.
2012
ShiftDock Seedcorn regional Nov 12

Newtownabbey company announced as one of the NI regional winners Seedcorn 2012

InterTradeIreland today announced the Northern Ireland regional winners of Seedcorn 2012, the largest business competition of its kind across the island, offering a total cash prize fund of €280,000. In the Best Emerging Company category, ShiftDock from Newtownabbey was hailed as overall category winner. As regional winner, ShiftDock is guaranteed a cash prize fund of at least €20,000 and will now go on to compete in the all-island final before a prestigious awards ceremony to be held at Titanic Belfast on the 28 November.
2012
Catagen seedcorn regional nov 12

Belfast company Catagen scoops €20,000 as regional winner in Seedcorn 2012

Catagen from Belfast is announced as Best High Growth Company for Northern Ireland and is one of the regional winners of Seedcorn 2012, the largest business competition of its kind across the island, offering a total cash prize fund of €280,000. As regional winners, Catagen is guaranteed a cash prize fund of at least €20,000 and will now go on to compete in the all-island final before a prestigious awards ceremony to be held at Titanic Belfast on the 28 November.
2012
MitaMed Seedcorn Nov 12

Cork company named winner of InterTradeIreland seedcorn regional final

Cork company, MitaMed, was named the Best High Growth Company in the Munster final of the 2012 InterTradeIreland Seedcorn all-island business competition. MitaMed, which is based on technology developed at the Cork Cancer Research Centre at University College Cork, beat tough competition from two other Munster finalists to win €20,000 to help finance the early stages of its ventures.
2012
Algae Health Seedcorn regional 2012

Algae Health secure €20,000 in funding and go forward to national final

Algae Health were named the Best High Growth company in the Connacht and Leinster final of the 2012 InterTradeIreland Seedcorn all-island business competition. Full Health Medical, from Galway were also named as Best Emerging company. Algae Health which is based in Claregalway beat tough competition from the other Connacht and Leinster finalists in its category to win €20,000 to help finance the early stages of their venture.
2012
Full Health Medical seedcorn regional 2012

Galway company named winner of InterTradeIreland seedcorn regional final

Galway company Full Health Medical is named the Best Emerging company in the Connacht and Leinster final of the 2012 InterTradeIreland Seedcorn all-island business competition, securing €20,000 in funding and goes forward to compete in the national final. Another Galway company, Algae Health were named the Best High Growth company.
2012
Marion McAneney Award winner Oct 12

Winner of 2012 Marion McAneney graduate research award announced

The Marion McAneney Graduate Research Award was established in memory of Marion who worked for InterTradeIreland and was a founding member of the Community of Researchers, which was established to complement the overall All-Island Innovation Programme. Marion worked diligently to promote dialogue and understanding between the academic and wider communities and this, the second annual Award acknowledges excellence in reviewing academic literature on any aspect of innovation and identifying gaps in our understanding.
2012
Meet the Buyer - Kilkenny Nov 12

SMEs get opportunity to share in €20bn all-island public procurement market

More than 350 small businesses are expected to converge on the Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny on Thursday 8th November for the final InterTradeIreland ‘Meet the Buyer’ event in a series of three to be held across the island in 2012.
2012
Lotus - Fusion examplar

Lotus Technical Services selected as project exemplar by InterTradeIreland

Sligo company Lotus Technical Services, a company within the LotusWorks group, has also been named as a project exemplar as a direct result of its participation in the InterTradeIreland FUSION programme. FUSION has enabled the company to develop a new product which has resulted in the company winning new business in the European market. InterTradeIreland is now encouraging other local SMEs across the North West to benefit from the increased revenue and access to expertise that FUSION can offer.
2012
Belfast Enterprise Academy

Do you have what it takes to become a mentor to an enterprising student?

Would you like to assist Northern Ireland's young people to gain the skills to operate their own businesses? Become part of the Belfast Enterprise Academy! Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, in association with Anne McMurray Development Ltd and on behalf of Belfast City Council, is seeking to engage business people to become mentors on the Belfast Enterprise Academy 2012 - 2013.
2012
Belfast City Council & Aurion

Aurion Learning develops equality & diversity e-learning programme

Aurion Learning has further cemented its reputation as one of the UK’s leading suppliers of e-learning by being awarded a new contract to develop an equality and diversity e-learning programme for Belfast City Council, as part of its Peace III programme. Aurion Learning has been working in partnership with the Council to design and build a new equality and diversity e-learning programme suitable for Council staff.
2012
Realtime examplar

Realtime Technologies selected as project exemplar

Dublin company Realtime Technologies was selected as a project exemplar as a direct result of its participation in InterTradeIreland's FUSION programme. InterTradeIreland is now encouraging other local SMEs to benefit from the increased revenue and access to expertise that FUSION can offer.
2012
media lightbox oct 12

Newry company receives InterTradeIreland Fusion examplar award for innovation

Newry-based company, Media Lightbox, has been recognised with a ‘Project Exemplar’ award for its outstanding success in innovation whilst participating in the InterTradeIreland FUSION programme. InterTradeIreland FUSION is an all-island programme which enables knowledge and technology transfer between business and academia to support innovation and increase capability. Businesses participating in the programme are partnered with a third-level institution with relevant specialist expertise and a high calibre science, engineering or technology graduate who is employed by the company to lead their chosen innovation project.
2012
Cross Border Business Support Expo

Calling all business owners/managers and new starts-ups

Are you in business and want to know about the support you can obtain? What business grants you can apply for? Which funded programmes will help you grow your business? Do you need to secure finance? Thinking of entering new markets? Do you need help on how to survive? Are you looking to expand and/or recruit? Want to start your own business? Are you unsure of where to look for guidance, support and advice? If the answer is ‘YES’ to any of these questions come to the Cross Border Business Support Expo taking place on the 7th November 2012 in the Carrickdale Hotel between 9.30am until 1pm.
2012
AIIP Jabado

Entrepreneurs Still Vital to Help Established Businesses Grow

Entrepreneurship isn’t just for new businesses – it is essential to help established companies stay ahead of the competition. That’s according to a global business expert who will speak at Queen’s University next week (Monday 15 October). Ms Hanadi Jabado, Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Cambridge, says that all businesses, old and new, need to keep thinking like entrepreneurs. She said: “Established businesses can fall in to a pattern of running ‘business as usual’, or even worse focusing on fire fighting problems. But continuing to innovate is key to ensuring a company grows.”
2012
TradeLinks

£15 million sales boost for cross-border businesses

Tradelinks 2, an EU-funded cross-border business development programme, has generated over £15 million new sales for firms in the cross-border region. The initiative, which was designed to assist and grow the important micro enterprise sector across Northern Ireland and the border counties of Louth, Monaghan, Cavan, Leitrim, Sligo and Donegal, held a celebration event on Friday 21st September to mark the end of the programme. The event took place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Monaghan.
2012
Thomas Hunter McGowan appointment

New chief executive appointed at InterTradeIreland

Thomas Hunter McGowan has been appointed to succeed Liam Nellis as Chief Executive Officer of InterTradeIreland by the North South Ministerial Council. Reporting to the chairman and Board of InterTradeIreland, Mr Hunter McGowan will lead the executive team and continue to develop the strategy for the body which supports SMEs across the island to identify North/South trade and innovation opportunities.
2012
Innovation awards 2013 NI launch pic

Search for local innovators begins with launch of all island Innovation Awards

The search for the most innovative organisations across the island of Ireland began today 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 in Northern Ireland and Ireland. The closing date for applications is Monday, December 3, 2012. For more information, visit www.irishtimes.com/innovation.
2012
Innovations Awards ROI launch photo

Search for Innovators begins with launch of All island Innovation Awards

The search for the most innovative organisations across the island of Ireland began today 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 from North and South . The closing date for applications is Monday, December 3, 2012. For more information, visit www.irishtimes.com/innovation.
2012

InterTradeIreland encourages companies to take up innovation 'challenge'

Companies from across Ireland and Northern Ireland will learn how to transform their approach to innovation with 12 companies who meet the ‘Challenge’ benefitting from up to £20,000/€23,000 worth of expert coaching and mentoring, thanks to our new programme being launched today. The Innovation Challenge Programme, which was piloted last year, will allow business owners to transform their company’s prospects in just nine months by learning and applying the most effective methods of generating, marketing and launching new products and services.
2012
Tick Tock photo

Time is running out to enter all-island business competition

Businesses hoping to be in with a chance of winning their share of €280,000 cash in this year’s InterTradeIreland All-Island Seedcorn Business Competition have only got three weeks left to submit their entries. The competition is open to all independent companies incorporated in Ireland or Northern Ireland in the seed, start-up or early stages of business development and ideally targeting international markets.
2012
Eoin Business Monitor

Survey highlights one in five businesses failed to make profit in last 12 months

According to latest the quarterly Business Monitor released today by InterTradeIreland, the protracted economic downturn is continuing to have a severe effect on businesses across the island of Ireland with 21 per cent of those surveyed reporting that their business has not been profitable in the last year. Companies in Northern Ireland are faring slightly better than their Southern counterparts however, as only 11 per cent of local businesses surveyed did not show a profit over the last year compared with 26 per cent of businesses in Ireland.
2012
Maria Heneghan and Liam Nellis with mary Breslin award

85% of InterTradeIreland graduates catapulted to permanent lead management roles

InterTradeIreland has today announced that 85% of its graduates that have successfully completed its FUSION and Acumen programmes have received offers of permanent management positions within their placement firms. Since 2003, InterTradeIreland has funded 400 SME’s to employ graduates to lead innovation projects across the island through the FUSION programme and to embed sales management strategies to target new cross-border markets through its sales & marketing programme Acumen.
2012
NI Group photo Graduates 2012

Local Graduates Celebrate Success Through InterTradeIreland Programmes

InterTradeIreland announced today that 90 jobs are available this year to graduates from across the island through InterTradeIreland’s FUSION and ACUMEN programmes. These Innovation and Trade programmes match graduates with SMEs to help them to grow by expanding into new export markets or developing innovative products or services. The announcement was made at the 2012 InterTradeIreland graduation ceremony which took place in UCD, Memorial Hall, Dublin.
2012
Photo to accompany Press Release

Aurion Learning Picks Up Workplace and Employment Award

Aurion Picks up Prize in Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards 2012. Aurion Learning was celebrating last week at being recognised in the Irish News Workplace and Employment Awards. Aurion was highly commended in the Right Place to Work Category in recognition of its commitment to its employees and support of community, charitable, and environmental issues. This is the second award Aurion Learning has received this year for its responsible business practices, having received a commendation in the Business in the Community Awards for Most Responsible Small Business.
2012
Construction Report Launch

Report aims to assist recovery in the construction materials sector

InterTradeIreland has published a report on “A competitive analysis of the construction materials sector”. The report, commissioned by a steering group comprising representatives of businesses in the quarry products, concrete and asphalt industries across Northern Ireland and Ireland along with representatives from government development agencies, aims to assist recovery in the construction materials sector through a series of practical recommendations to tackle capacity issues and to improve competitiveness.
2012
FP7 Conference 2012

Collaborate to Innovate conference highlights importance of access to EU funding

Delegates attending the InterTradeIreland 'Collaborate to Innovate' conference at the Titanic Belfast Building yesterday had been told of the importance of research and innovation in achieving Europe’s 2020 objectives for economic growth and job creation. Addressing the conference, the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, underlined the central role innovation had in the EU's strategy for growth and jobs.
2012
AIIP Professor Donald Siegel

Major Innovation Conference to explore why innovation is important

This years Innovation Conference will explore 'Why Exploiting Industry and University Research, Development and Innovation is Important'. Taking place at NUI Galway from 12-13 June, the free event will focus on a theme highly pertinent in the currently economic climate. The Conference aims to provide practical insights into how businesses, academics and policy makers on the island of Ireland can best exploit industry-university research, development and innovation to best effect in context of our economic recovery.
2012
Meet the Buyer Athlone May

SMEs given access to estimated €20bn all-island public procurement market

Over 380 small to medium sized businesses yesterday engaged with some of the largest public sector buying organisations from across the island at the all-island ‘Meet the Buyer’ event hosted by InterTradeIreland in partnership with the National Procurement Service, Enterprise Ireland, CPD, Invest NI and Strategic Investment Board held in Athlone, Co. Westmeath. Designed to raise awareness and understanding of the public procurement market SMEs gained access to key buyers such as the HSE, An Post, National Procurement Service, An Garda Siochána and Waterways Ireland amongst others. SMEs discovered how the public procurement process works and the opportunities available.
2012

Shortlisted entrepreneurs ‘blazing a trail for Ireland on the global stage’

Twenty-Four of Ireland’s leading entrepreneurs have been shortlisted for the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Programme for 2012. Emanating from a diverse array of industry sectors that range from Agriculture and Pharmaceutical to Mining and Online Retail, these outstanding individuals were selected from a record total of 150 nominations received for this year’s awards, having demonstrated what it really takes to succeed as an entrepreneur in today’s challenging business environment.
2012
Dr Lisa O'Donoghue, ALR Innovations and Brendan Butler.

Seedcorn opens up for business with €280k up for grabs!

Iconic Titanic Belfast Building used to launch search for next generation of Start Ups. Early stage and high growth companies are being urged to enter the Island’s biggest business competition, the InterTradeIreland All-island Seedcorn Business Competition. The competition has a prize fund of €280,000 and aims to turn equity raising companies into investor-ready businesses. Now in its 10th year, InterTradeIreland has supported over 1,500 enterprising companies through the Seedcorn process. It is considered the most important barometer for new and emerging companies among the investment and business communities.
2012
Hugh Cormican, Cirdan and Brendan Butler, InterTradeIreland

€280k Prize Fund Announced for InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Business Competition

Iconic Titanic Belfast Building used to launch search for next generation of Start Ups. InterTradeIreland has launched its annual all-island Seedcorn business competition and is seeking seed and early stage companies based in Northern Ireland to enter. Companies will have the chance to win a share of the €280,000 prize fund on offer and set themselves apart as one of the companies to watch in the future.
2012
Margaret Hearty and Ronan Perceval

Ireland Launch of €1.2m Business Programme for 2012

InterTradeIreland Acumen offers up to €18k to help SMEs net new business. InterTradeIreland today launched the latest phase of Acumen, its flagship sales and marketing programme, announcing €1.2m in available funds for SMEs across the island to help them grow their business by targeting new cross-border markets. The programme, offers local businesses up to €18,000 in funding, to assist them to increase their cross-border export sales, improve their knowledge of new markets and identify new business opportunities. Support options available include assistance towards employing a full time or part time sales person, engaging a graduate for a 12 month sales & Marketing project or funding for a market research project.
2012
Margaret Hearty and Carson Mulholland

InterTradeIreland launches £1M Acumen Business Programme for 2012

Acumen offers up to £15k to help SMEs ‘catch new business. InterTradeIreland today launched the latest phase of Acumen, its flagship sales and marketing programme, announcing £1m in available funds for SMEs across the island to help them grow their business by targeting new cross-border markets.
2012

Gabriel Scientific Wins the ‘Innovation of the Year’ Award

Gabriel Scientific were announced this evening as the winner of the overall ‘Innovation of the Year’ award at the annual Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards. Gabriel Scientific, who developed a technology for mattresses and other cushioning products that combats the risk of hospital-acquired infections and superbugs such as MRSA, will receive a communications and advertising package from the Irish Times worth €150,000. In addition, they will also receive a UCD Smurfit scholarship for an executive education programme commencing in 2012, Business legal advice from Byrne Wallace, and a state of the art laptop with a year’s subscription to The Irish Times ePaper
2012

Two Dublin Companies Recognised -Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards

Gabriel Scientific from Sandyford in Dublin was announced as the winner of Best Product Innovation Award and the overall ‘Innovation of the Year’ Award at the annual Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards. X-Bolt Orthopaedics from Malahide in Dublin also picked up awards for Best Application of R&D and special recognition for the best North / South collaboration project.
2012

€85m Business Angel Funds available to businesses in 2012

The 11th annual InterTradeIreland Venture Capital Conference will help companies unlock investment opportunities. Business Angel Funds of up to €85m are currently available to start-up companies across the island, Margaret Hearty, Director of Business Services and Programmes, InterTradeIreland has estimated.
2011
Kevin O'Rourke, Reinhilde Veugelers and Dr David Dobbin CBE

ITI Economic Forum attracts key economists to discuss Ireland’s Path to Recovery

A number of leading international economists today, (November 25th 2011) addressed over 100 delegates at the third annual InterTradeIreland Economic Forum in Dublin Castle. The Forum, entitled “Path to Recovery”, addressed the economic prospects and policy options for the island. The conference was officially opened by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD, who stated “North and South, we all face the common crucial challenge of creating jobs and economic growth. This is key to resolving our difficulties, and this Government is determined to rise to that challenge. I look forward to discussing problems and possible solutions with people across the island at this very important event.”
2011

NEW FLAGSHIP CROSS-BORDER PROGRAMME TO DRIVE SALES FOR SMALL BUSINESS

InterTradeIreland today launched an exciting new sales development programme, Elevate, which will help small business across Ireland to generate greater sales opportunities through first time cross-border exports. The programme was developed in response to research carried out by InterTradeIreland which revealed that small business which are not exporting are hit hardest by the recession. The programme will assist companies to become export ready and to explore opportunities in a new cross border market. It is hoped that companies will then develop their export capability outside of the Irish market, looking further afield to the UK and Europe.
2011

NEW FLAGSHIP CROSS-BORDER PROGRAMME TO DRIVE SALES FOR SMALL BUSINESS

InterTradeIreland today launched an exciting new sales development programme, Elevate, which will help small business across Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic to generate greater sales opportunities through first time cross-border exports. The programme was developed in response to research carried out by InterTradeIreland which revealed that small business which are not exporting are hit hardest by the recession. The programme will assist companies to become export ready and to explore opportunities in a new cross border market. It is hoped that companies will then further develop their export capability.
2011
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Companies from Belfast and Lisburn each scoop €20, 000

InterTradeIreland today announced the regional winners of Seedcorn 2011, the largest business competition of its kind across the island, offering a total prize fund of €280,000. In the Best Emerging Company category, My Tour Talk based in central Belfast prevailed and Cirdan from Lisburn won the title of Best High Growth Company for Northern Ireland. As a regional winner, both businesses are guaranteed a prize fund of at least €20,000 each and will now go on to compete in the all-island final on the 30 November in the Burlington Hotel, Dublin.
2011

SMEs benefited to the tune of £83m/€93m in trade and business development value

Despite the significant and sustained economic challenges faced by both economies on the island, InterTradeIreland responded to the crisis by continuing to deliver real value to SMEs in helping them to identify and develop new export customers, access venture capital, diversify and improve competitiveness through innovation. As a result, InterTradeIreland delivered more than £83m/€93m in trade and business development value.
2011

Limerick Company Victorious at InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Regional Final

Limerick company, ALR Innovations, was today named the Best High Growth Company in the Munster final of the 2011 InterTradeIreland Seedcorn all-island business competition. ALR Innovations, which is based at the Hartnett Acceleration Centre in Limerick, beat tough competition from two other Munster finalists to win €20,000 to help finance the early stages of its ventures. The company will now go on to compete in the all-island final of the competition, which will take place in Dublin on 30th November.
2011
SurgaColl

Cork Company Victorious at InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Regional Final

Cork company, Surgacoll Technologies Ltd, was today named the Best Emerging Company in the Munster final of the 2011 InterTradeIreland Seedcorn all-island business competition. Surgacoll, which is based in the Rubicon Centre in Cork, beat tough competition from two other Munster finalists to win €20,000 to help finance the early stages of its ventures. The company will now go on to compete in the all-island final of the competition, which will take place in Dublin on 30th November.
2011
Advance Science Regional Seedcorn Winner C&L

Galway Company Victorious at InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Regional Final

Galway company, Advance Science, was today named the Best Emerging Company in the Connacht and Leinster final of the 2011 InterTradeIreland Seedcorn all-island business competition. Advance Science, which is based in Connemara, Galway beat tough competition from two other Connacht and Leinster finalists to win €20,000 to help finance the early stages of its ventures. The company will now go on to compete in the all-island final of the competition, which will take place in Dublin on 30th November.
2011
Oriel Sea Salt Company Seedcorn regional winner C&L

Louth Company Victorious at InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Regional Final

Louth company, The Oriel Sea Salt Company, was today named the Best High Growth Company in the Connacht and Leinster final of the 2011 InterTradeIreland Seedcorn all-island business competition. The Oriel Sea Salt Company, which is based in Co. Louth, beat tough competition from two other Connacht and Leinster finalists to win €20,000 to help finance the early stages of its ventures. The company will now go on to compete in the all-island final of the competition, which will take place in Dublin on 30th November.
2011
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US-Ireland Partnership Announces Extension of Research Collaboration

The seventh meeting of the US-Ireland R&D Partnership Steering Group which was held today, Tuesday 1 November, in Farmleigh, Dublin, announced an extension of the Partnership which will now include collaborations in Telecommunications and Energy and Sustainability. The Partnership is already supporting collaborative strategic research in the areas of Nanotechnology, Sensor Technology, Diabetes and Cystic Fibrosis with a current investment of €14m across the three jurisdictions.
2011

Newry firms urged to highlight successes in major awards scheme

Prominent figures in the business community are urging companies in the Newry area to make the most of their achievements this year by participating in a leading business initiative.Local companies have been encouraged to enter the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards, which are supported by InterTradeIreland and Invest Northern Ireland, as a way of celebrating their accomplishments.
2011

Go Global, or cross-border, SMEs to hear

Business Live tour to promote exporting, importing & cross-border trade Previously untold stories of international business success will be shared with hundreds of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and aspiring entrepreneurs as part of a major events tour being organised by Ulster Bank. Business Live will feature 14 dates across the island – five in Northern Ireland - between November and March at which all types of business people will hear that trading outside of your home market is probably easier than many think. Organised in association with Smallbusinesscan.com, the series will kick off on the evening of November 16 at Riddel Hall, Belfast and culminate in Cookstown’s Burnavon Arts Centre on March 5 - taking in key towns and cities along the way.
2011

Cross Border Business Support Expo

Over 300 business delegates attended a Cross Border Business Support Expo hosted by Newry and Dundalk Chambers of Commerce and supported by InterTradeIreland on the 20th October in the Carrickdale Hotel. Ms Orla Jackson, Chief Executive of Newry Chamber stated, ‘as joint organizers of this event, Newry Chamber was delighted with its success in terms of numbers of delegates attended, networking opportunities created and the opening of communication channels between local businesses and Support Agencies’.
2011

BALLYMENA COMPANY IS INTERTRADEIRELAND FUSION PROJECT OF THE YEAR WINNER

An innovation project, undertaken as part of InterTradeIreland’s Fusion programme, at Ballymena-based Moorings Mediquip, has been named ‘Project of the Year’, at a recent InterTradeIreland awards ceremony. With InterTradeIreland’s support, Carryduff graduate Eamonn McKnight was appointed by Moorings Mediquip in 2009 to undertake a Fusion project to design, develop and bring to market a new walking aid device for children with cerebral palsy. The new product development will see Moorings Mediquip break into new markets across the UK, Ireland and as far away as Australia and Canada.
2011

InterTradeIreland Programmes Prove Successful For Local Graduates

At InterTradeIreland’s 2011 graduation ceremony today, it was revealed that more than two thirds of the graduates participating in all-island innovation and trade programmes with the organisation have been offered permanent positions by the SMEs that they have been working with. At the event, InterTradeIreland graduates heard that they could be the key to rebuilding and revitalising the economy and that their skills can make a substantial difference to business performance. This coincides with recent research undertaken by the Association of Graduate Recruiters, which states that graduates contribute £1billion of added value to the UK economy every year.
2011
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InterTradeIreland tells Enterprise Committee of new business support programmes

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Enterprise Trade and Investment held an external Committee Meeting in Newry yesterday (29 September) hosted by InterTradeIreland, the cross-border trade and business development body. The Committee, chaired by Alban Maginness MLA, was welcomed to Newry by InterTradeIreland’s Chief Executive, Liam Nellis.
2011
Aidan Gough and Andrea Fordham

All-Island Innovation Awards Launched in Belfast

Belfast played host to the launch of the 2012 Irish Times InterTradeIreland All-island Innovation Awards on Friday 2nd September. Around 70 companies from across the province attended the innovation roadshow event which took place in the University of Ulster’s York Road Campus in Belfast. Now in its third year, the competition aims to recognise and promote the best innovations within organisations of all sectors and all sizes across the island.
2011
Norman Black JFC with Margaret Hearty ITI

JFC receives InterTradeIreland award for commitment to Innovation

Norman Black, Operations Director at JFC is presented with a FUSION certificate from Margaret Hearty, Director of Business Programmes and Services at InterTradeIreland in recognition of the company’s commitment to innovation. Tuam based manufacturing company JFC has been recognised by InterTradeIreland for its commitment to innovation after taking part in the all-island technology transfer programme, FUSION. The company, which manufactures plastic products for the agriculture, marine, healthcare and construction sectors, was commended for developing a new innovative product, expanding into new markets and increasing production efficiency.
2011
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€42 millon invested by Enterprise Ireland backed VC firms

Fergal Ó Móráin, Director of Corporate and Investment Services at Enterprise Ireland has launched the Enterprise Ireland Seed & Venture Capital Programme 2010 Report. The report shows that Irish venture capital firms supported by Enterprise Ireland made 105 investments in 74 companies with a value of €42 million in 2010.
2011
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Multi billion EU funding opportunities on ‘horizon’ for Research and Innovation

Around 200 delegates have been given advice on how to access and increase their success rate in securing funding from the remaining €20 billion funding available through the EU Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) at a conference held yesterday - organised by InterTradeIreland and the European Commission in Northern Ireland.
2011
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InterTradeIreland welcomes success of previous Seedcorn finalist Eventovate

Since being a Dublin regional finalist in last year's InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Business Competition, Eventovate has gone on from strength to strength. The company which has developed a suite of cloud-based software for the hotel sector has just completed a funding round of €700,000 to support its continued expansion. This latest investment announcement represents one of the most significant seed-funding rounds in the emerging Irish cloud services market this year.
2011
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Barriers exist for SMEs in the €21 billion public procurement market

A number of barriers exist for SMEs, wishing to secure contracts in the all island public procurement market. Despite current budgetary constraints, the market is still worth up to €21 billion per annum, North and South. The market has become so large that SMEs cannot afford to ignore it. However, according to InterTradeIreland, while considerable progress has been made towards making the market more accessible, many SMEs still perceive there are barriers to overcome in securing public sector contracts. These include unnecessarily high qualification levels, understanding of public sector buying practices and the bureaucratic nature of the process.
2011
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Delegates given key to accessing billions in EU funding for research

A conference organised by InterTradeIreland in conjunction with the European Commission Office in Northern Ireland will raise awareness of the current and future opportunities for local companies and organisations to access European funding for research and innovation.
2011
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Irish Companies & Researchers urged to access €3.2bn European Funding Initiative

Enterprise Ireland yesterday announced that the latest round of funding from the €3.2bn industry-focused initiatives under the EU’s €50bn Framework Programme 7 (FP7) budget will be available to Irish businesses from mid-July. These Public Private Partnership initiatives are aimed at those sectors most affected by the economic downturn, namely manufacturing, construction and automotive.
2011
Aidan Gough outside ITI

New research reveals almost 1/2 of companies are contracting or struggling

Rising Costs of Overheads Issue of Key Concern for Business New research published today (June 12th 2011) undertaken with 1,000 business managers across Ireland, North and South, shows that nearly half of all businesses in Ireland are contracting or in survival mode. The results show that weak consumer sentiment is continuing to have an impact on businesses with 70% of all companies surveyed citing reduced consumer demand as a concern although 38% had moved to decrease prices over the last quarter. Perhaps as a result of this, almost one third of businesses are struggling to remain profitable.
2011
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International expert to advise business leaders on how to achieve growth

The key ingredients for establishing high-performance, double-digit growth companies are entrepreneurs or business leaders who are fired up for change and who have assembled a strategic toolkit for designing, developing and delivering a breakout strategy.
2011
President Mary McAleese and Senator Martin McAleese

Companies North and South can be Champions of the Future & Leaders of Change

Sixty-five companies from across Ireland were today (1st June 2011) recognised as Business Ambassadors by cross-border body InterTradeIreland at a special ceremony at Áras an Uachtaráin hosted by President Mary McAleese. The value of cross-border trade has grown by over €200 million since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement and companies across the island have benefited from the success of greater cooperation, cross-border collaboration and enhanced trading relationships.
2011
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Delivering Jobs and Economic Growth from Next Generation of Business Start-Ups

Employment and growth prospects must be the focus for the next generation of early and start-up businesses and there is a need for joined up thinking across government and industry if we are to fully deliver on the potential for this sector to be a key driver of future economic growth. This is the message from Sean Gallagher, an InterTradeIreland Board member and ‘Dragon’ from the hit RTÉ TV Show Dragon’s Den speaking at the launch of InterTradeIreland’s 9th annual All-island Seedcorn Business competition. A prize fund of €280,000 is being offered by InterTradeIreland to recognise and promote the best early stage companies on the island with the greatest investment potential.
2011
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Could your company be the 'One to watch'?

InterTradeIreland has announced the launch of this year’s All-Island Seedcorn Business Competition with a cash prize fund of €280,000. Each year, companies taking part in the unique competition, which mimics the real-life investment process, are mooted as the ‘ones to watch’. Liam Nellis, InterTradeIreland Chief Executive, said: “Seedcorn is the largest business competition of its kind across the island. Aside from the substantial prize fund on offer, companies taking part will join InterTradeIreland Seedcorn network – an extensive business and investment community that will help boost their profile, contacts and create potential investment opportunities.
2011
Sean Sherlock, Diarmuid Flavin and Liam Nellis

€300k funding for all-island innovation projects

Collaboration is key to commercialising new ideas, according to Minister Sean Sherlock speaking yesterday (21st April 2011), at the launch of InterTradeIreland’s Innova Programme which offers up to €5 million to help companies benefit from all-island collaborative approaches to R&D. InterTradeIreland is seeking applicants for the 2011/2012 Innova programme which will support 18 collaborative projects with a funding package of up to €300,000 each.
2011

InterTradeIreland FUSION graduate student named Graduate Employee of the Year

Dwain Tarmey, Graduate of the InterTradeIreland FUSION programme, was announced as a winner at the annual gradireland awards for his work in designing, developing and bringing to market an orthopaedic device, which has been launched successfully in the US and 52 other countries worldwide. Dwain joined Carrick-on-Shannon based medical devices company Vista Med Ltd, as a project engineer through InterTradeIreland’s FUSION programme in 2009.
2011
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Opportunities for indigenous enterprise will stem from current FDI

InterTradeIreland’s 10th Annual Venture Capital Conference was formally opened today, 7th April 2011, by the Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD. The event which took place in the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Dublin was held in association with Kernel Capital, and brought together 270 attendees from across business with investors who have access to over €250 million available for new ventures. The main focus of the conference was to assist companies to build world class venture backed businesses.
2011
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InterTradeIreland’s FUSION programme shortlisted for two GradIreland awards

InterTradeIreland’s FUSION programme has been shortlisted for Best Graduate Training and Development Programme at this year’s GradIreland Awards. Two of our FUSION graduates have also been shortlisted for the Graduate Employee of the Year award. The FUSION programme will hope to regain the title of Best Graduate Training and Development Programme having won the same award last year. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony which will take place on 13th April 2011 at the Mansion House, Dublin.
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Prochem

Kilkenny Companies offered Business Opportunities worth €1.2million

Kilkenny engineering consultancy firm Prochem Engineering launched its new offering – Prochem Cleantech Services – during a special visit to its headquarters this week by InterTradeIreland which will see the company become Ireland’s industry leader in computer modelling design and generate additional revenues of up to €2million over the next 3-5 years.
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Green Creativity Awards

New awards to reward green innovations in Derry

The Green Creativity Awards is open to anyone who has an idea with commercial potential to develop sustainable innovations in green technology. This is a fantastic opportunity to get your idea to market and realise its commercial potential. If you are aged between 18-30 then this competition is for you. Maybe you are a student, graduate or postgraduate student who wants to commercialise your research? This awards programme will run as a competition and the top prize will be £10,000 worth of business support to develop your idea.
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Jerry Kennelly of tweak.com speaks of new startups in Ireland and thier prospects

The new start-up spirit in Ireland

Siliconrepublic.com editor John Kennedy says there have been confirmed sightings of a ‘can do’ spirit around and about Ireland. Tech start-ups and enterprising graduates will drive our economic recovery.
2011

Award Winning Entrepreneurship Educator and Practitioner to speak at NUI Galway

The Centre for Innovation and Structural Change at NUI Galway is delighted to host Professor Peter Kelly of Aalto University in Finland, who will be delivering this year’s InterTradeIreland Innovation Lecture on the topic of “Rethinking Business Models: Creativity Inspired Innovation”.
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New €2 million technology investment syndicate established

Over 100 angel investors gathered in Dublin today to discuss the future of Ireland’s angel capital industry at the second annual Angel Investment Conference organised by HBAN Investor Syndicates. InterTradeIreland and Enterprise Ireland have identified the need to stimulate further seed capital from private investors hence the establishment of HBAN in 2009 which is a joint initiative between the agencies on an all-island basis.
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Availability of seed funding for Irish companies at highest level in 30 years

Over €250 million in funding available from Investors attending the 2011 InterTradeIreland Annual Venture Capital Conference A leading Irish Venture Capitalist has said that the availability of seed funds to invest in Irish companies in 2011 is at its highest level in 30 years. Speaking at the launch of the InterTradeIreland Annual Venture Capital Conference today, March 21st 2011, Niall Olden, Founder of Kernel Capital said that this is an extremely vibrant time for Irish VCs and that there has never been a better time to start up a business in Ireland.
2011

Intune Networks wins the Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards

The Irish Times and InterTradeIreland this evening, March 2nd 2011, announced that Intune Networks is the winner of the overall ‘Innovation of the Year’ award. The winner was announced at an event hosted in the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Kilmainham and will receive a communications and advertising package from the Irish Times worth €200,000.
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New border pact agreed

Councils in the border region will take a major step forward in the promotion of cross border partnership today with the signing of a major new Strategic Alliance. Louth local authorities and Newry and Mourne District Council will sign a Memorandum of Understanding which will commit the authorities to strengthen and promote the social, cultural and economic links within their combined local authority districts.
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Kernel Capital announce new medical devices fund

Kernel Capital recently announced a new €10m seed fund specificaly designed for the indigenous medical technology sector.
2011

Fall in business performance as firms battle rising costs – Business Monitor

InterTradeIreland has today (21st February) published the results of its quarterly all-island business monitor, the largest business survey on the island. In its quarter four report for 2010 which covers the period September to December – 1,000 businesses were surveyed (500 North and South) and key findings included:
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Venture backed firms grow employment at 18.6% per year

InterTradeIreland and IVCA yesterday launched a report carried out by UCD’s Department of Entrepreneurial Studies which shows the positive impact venture capital has had on the economy.
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Calling Investors to meet for potential North-South Investment Initiative

HBAN Investor Syndicates, the angel investment initiative of InterTradeIreland, is examining the feasibility of setting up a north-south group of private investors around the M1 economic corridor.
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SMEs benefited to the tune of £80/€90m through InterTradeIreland in 2009

In 2009, InterTradeIreland supported over 3,000 SMEs across the island through its programmes and services to increase their cross-border sales, access venture capital or develop new products and processes. As a result, over £80/€90m worth of sales or efficiency savings through InterTradeIreland’s range of programmes.
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Twenty one companies in the running for ‘Innovation of the year' title

Twenty one companies from across the island have been announced as finalists in the prestigious Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards. Three finalists were shortlisted in each of the seven innovation categories by an independent panel of judges and will now compete for the overall ‘Innovation of the Year’ award and a communications and advertising package from the Irish Times worth €200,000.
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Programme launched to help SMEs access £12 bn all-island public sector market

Companies are being encouraged by InterTradeIreland to tap into the public sector market across the island which is estimated to be worth over £12billion each year. We are working with the Central Procurement Directorate in Northern Ireland and the Office of Public Works in Ireland to make the procurement market more accessible for SMEs. As part of this work we are rolling out a series of Go-2-Tender workshops and supports to help firms increase their chances of success when competing for public sector contracts North and South.
2011

HBAN’s newest Angel Syndicate launched

Ireland’s newest Business Angel Syndicate Irrus Investments recently launched its new website. The Limerick-based syndicate is the first Irish commercial investment syndicate and is focussed on entrepreneurial companies. It has identified a gap in the market to fund high potential, go-ahead companies.