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The Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence,  has recently been awarded the Interreg Europe ecoRIs3 project and we are also the Communications Leader for the international consortium.
ecoRIS3 addresses the transfer of innovation and knowledge, produced by both Research and Technological Organisations(RTOs)  and Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs),  to all types of Enterprises.
This important connectivity frequently demonstrates  gaps which can be a brake on overall levels of innovation and growth.

Regional Innovation SMART Specialisation Strategies (RIS3) focus on how the regional innovation ecosystem can be best structured and delivered.

The ecoRIs3 project addresses the clear need to promote better policies and measures, which generate solid interactions and knowledge transfers, between key research and production actors.
Among the activities to be delivered are a series of Regional SWOT Analyses, Exchanges of Experience and Good Practices and Policy Recommendations.



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) Blue 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

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