Today, Minister for Employment and Small Business, Pat Breen T.D. announced a €1m Enterprise Ireland fund to drive collaborative projects with public sector bodies to find solutions to specific public sector challenges and needs.

The Fund was announced at the first Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Ireland Proposers Conference attended by Specifiers/Procurers from government departments and public bodies and a Call for Expressions of Interest from Public Bodies has opened.

The SBIR process facilitates competitions which enables public sector bodies to connect with innovation-led businesses to work on innovative ideas which tackle challenges facing the public sector leading to better public services and improved effectiveness and value for money.

Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland said: “In Enterprise Ireland our focus is on helping businesses to start, innovate and scale. Recent SBIR projects have involved collaborations with start-ups and innovation led businesses, providing funding for innovative new ideas that, as well as creating jobs, will ultimately improve and enhance quality of life for people”.

For more information on the €1m SBIR Fund, go to www.sbirireland.ie

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