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The transfer of innovation and knowledge produced by the RTOs (Research and Technological Organisations) and higher education to the local & regional businesses remains one of the most important gaps and difficulties in terms of Innovation & Growth. It is key to generate economic exploitation of the R&D results and particularly important in local & regional areas of Smart Specialisation (RIS3) and innovation opportunity.

Also, there is a clear need to improve and connect regional Challenges and Opportunities of RIS3, to local innovation policies and stakeholders, highlighting the role of the “territory” as the place where interlinkages happen and knowledge flows. For such purpose, regional & local authorities should play a key role of intermediation and, in accordance to ecoRIS3 objectives, promote better policies and measures to generate solid interactions between key stakeholders, to orchestrate sustainable innovation ecosystems within RIS3 strategies responding to the existing challenges and gaps. The main objective of this project is improving innovation delivery policies.




This project is funded under the EU Daphne Programme and is built around the development and delivery of life coaching and mentoring sessions to victims of gender violence. The implementation activities will be supported by the design of training materials, the enhancement of the skills of mentors and coaches and the development of a Transnational Guide for Life Coaching and Mentoring that could be transferred to other organizations.

The project will focus on two innovative methodologies. On one hand, life coaching will be carried out to improve women's’ self-esteem and self-confidence. On the other, mentoring on entrepreneurship will help the women become independent, develop their managerial skills, and eventually, help them to re-enter the labour market and even to become self-employed and/or undertake entrepreneurial activity. NEW START comprises a partnership of seven relevant institutions from seven European countries ( Ireland, France, Greece, Spain, Romania, Italy and Belgium) helping and providing specialist support and training to women victims of violence and designing a common methodology and transnational materials to be used for coaches and mentors.




THE PROJECT: MYBUSINESS aims to create and test a customised training programme tailored to older unemployed people (over 50 years old) who are interested in becoming self-employed or entrepreneurs. This training will be based on your needs and aims to strengthen your entrepreneurial skills and competences while taking advantage of your life experience and skills. The project is  financed by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Programme and its main objective is to increase the managerial and entrepreneurial skills of older unemployed, giving them confidence and providing them with the tools to create their own business and  to promote  lifelong learning and employability. This project is implemented by a consortium of six partners from six European countries (Romania, Ireland, Belgium, Greece, Spain, and Austria).




The project entitled “Cruising Oceans on Latitudes above 51 º North ” - The " COOL Route", is funded by The Northern Peripheral and Arctic Interreg VB Programme (NPA) to develop a new maritime tourism route between Cork and Arctic Circle areas of Norway. The project involves research of the logistical, business and marketing planning for the route, which will    support other complimentary maritime and shore based tourism initiatives in all of the intervening regions along the route.

Partners and responsibilities in the COOL Route Project are Cork Institute of Technology (Lead partner and Business Planning),Donegal County       Council (Project Publicity and Dissemination), Glasgow Caledonian          University (Route Logistics and Planning),Royal Cork Yacht Club (COOL    Route Marketing), Derry City Council (Common  Booking System),            Torshavn Port Authority ( Expert inputs safety ) Blues Seas Marinas          (Expert inputs design, realisation and commercialisation planning),        Western Norway Research Institute ( Rural Tourism Development).         Associate partners and other project informal participants include the     Irish Cruising Club, Donegal Tourism, Sail Scotland and the Irish Sailing     Association along with a wide range of Local Authority, Local                    Development, Tourism and Sailing interests


Green Mentor

Green Mentor is a two year European Commission project, funded under the Erasmus+ programme 2015-2017. While mentoring is an established business practice, particularly in the entrepreneurial start-up area, mentoring to green entrepreneurs, who wish to incorporate environmental values into their businesses is a new and growing reality in Europe.

The five partner organisations for Green Mentor include: Utopicus and Infodef from Spain, BEST from Austria, BGE from Hungary and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) from Ireland. The Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship, within CIT, are responsible for developing one of the key project outputs, namely, the Green Mentor Handbook. Other key project outputs include a draft curriculum which may form the basis for seeking certification of a green mentoring curriculum under existing European Vocational Educational Frameworks and a Green Mentor Toolkit containing useful tools designed to guide the mentor and mentee along the green mentoring journey.

The Green Mentor project seeks to define and support the new emerging professional role of Green Mentor, i.e. those who mentor and provide practical support to entrepreneurs in starting up a green business or in greening an existing business by the introduction of green or eco-friendly processes and practices.  Development of the green economy offers great potential for opportunities for green entrepreneurs and for sustainable future jobs. Further information about the project, the project partners and the materials produced and tested as part of the project are available on the project website

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