Is now the time to take that next step and start your innovation journey?… perhaps you’re struggling with accessing expertise, knowledge or equipment for a preexisting product, process or service?. Be assured that whatever the problem, be it technical solutions, assistance in designing or redesigning a product, or simply a new idea, we can help.
Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways has been working with Irish industry since 2013, providing a range of innovation solutions. We understand that companies differ in the level of innovation support required and can provide a solution that works for all.
For many, innovation may mean adapting their business plan, engaging with new technologies, making an incremental change to an existing product or product line or developing a new product. No matter where you are in your journey, an initial conversation with a member of the Technology Gateway team is always the best place to start.
What is the Technology Gateway Network?
Technology Gateways has been developed in partnership with Atlantic Technological University, Technological University Dublin, Technological University of the Shannon, Munster Technological University and Dundalk Institute of Technology to assist industry in areas of research and development. Since 2013, the Network has collaborated with over 3,560 Irish based companies completing in excess of 5000 innovation-based projects. With 17 Technology Gateways located nationwide providing services and supports, across a range of technologies, companies can be certain that the team working on your project are highly skilled in their area of expertise.
The Network is open to companies of any size so whether you’re a start-up, SME, or multinational, our dedicated Technology Gateway teams are available to assist with all aspects of your project. We understand that companies may not have the time, resources or indeed the equipment to invest in innovation, our Gateways are uniquely positioned to aid companies of all shapes and sizes, often, in time becoming an extension of a company’s R&D unit.
What supports and funding are available?
The Network offers a range of Enterprise Ireland funding options to suit companies of all sizes. Current funding mechanisms available include Innovation Vouchers, Innovation Partnerships and the Agile Innovation Fund. Companies may also provide their own funding for research. Some terms and conditions may apply in respect of some of the funding options, but our Gateway teams will explain in detail the requirements and process. Further information on all supports can be found here.
Can I avail of the resources of more than one Gateway at a time?
Yes, our unique selling point is our network structure. Frequently, our Gateways collaborate on innovation-related initiatives. If your project requires the expertise of additional Gateways, this will be organised by your lead Gateway manager.
How do I get started?
If you have an idea for a new product, service or process or are in need of innovation assistance for an existing element, get in contact with your regional Technology Gateway Manager who will take you through all your options, explain available funding and supports and refer you to the most appropriate Gateway team.