Friday December 6, 2019

Residency releases innovative and partnership potential

Catalyst’s ‘innovation residencies’ give SMEs time and room to think big and strategise. IT Carlow hosted Welsh and Irish firms for a recent residency

1st December, 2019
Catalyst Residency Institute of Technology, Carlow, August 2019: back from left: Paul Jenkins, the Pack Hub; Paula Butler, Butlers Organic Eggs; Colin Eyre, DESIGN+; Michael Barry, Tullamaine Distillery; Pat Looby, Borrisoleigh Bottling Ltd; middle from left: Brian Ogilvie, Institute of Technology, Carlow; Sarah-Jane Sharman, Gower Chocolates; Stephen Costello, SPV Healthcare; Jim Woods, Carlow Local Enterprise Office, Katharine Wilson, the Gluten-Free Baking Company; Lynne Whelan, DESIGN+; front from left: Liz Baker, the Baker’s Pig; Joanne Fitzgerald, Institute of Technology, Carlow; Elizabeth Hudson, Pop Cycle; Babita Verma, Babita’s Spice Deli)

Many owners and staff of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are immersed in the daily activities of running an enterprise – and finding the time to tackle a problem or focus on business strategy can be challenging. A principal objective of the Catalyst project is to offer entrepreneurs and SME staff the chance to embed into third level institutions in Ireland and Wales in the form of ‘innovation residencies’.

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