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Co-Innovate is an exciting new support programme to help you to

  • work smarter,
  • add value to your business,
  • stand out from competition,
  • boost your bottom line.


What support is available?

Each company’s needs around innovation development will differ, so every company’s journey through the programme will be unique. Support provided will range from

  • Innovation workshops
  • Business health check
  • Detailed innovation audit
  • One-to-one mentoring

Co-Innovate will give you the tools and support to help you innovate, differentiate and compete successfully.


Companies will have the chance to learn about the benefits of innovation, identify opportunities for growth and create a vision to make it happen

Further supports

Companies that have received support at Co-Innovate workshops will benefit from one-to-one business assessments, aimed at helping them create a tailored delivery plan. Companies who go on to complete assessments, will be selected to take part in advanced programme supports. These advanced supports are designed to help develop detailed innovation delivery plans: bringing ideas to fruition. These include:

  • Funding to unlock up to 10 days of bespoke consultancy advice, resulting in development of a targeted action plan.
  • Up to fifty per cent funding for a dedicated 12 month project manager post to deliver product or process innovation.
  • Up to fifty per cent funding for a business-to-business, collaborative R&D or product/service development project, with partners to be drawn from the other jurisdiction (for example, Rep of Ire company to partner with business in UK).
  • Participation in a sector specific R&I network which will bring together businesses, organisation or academic institutions from across Co-Innovate’s eligible regions. Fifty per cent funding available.



Is my business eligible?

If you’re an SME from the manufacturing and tradeable services sector, based in the Northern Ireland, you can apply.

How do I apply?

To find out more, contact Rita McCaughey Tel: 028 7035 6318 or


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The Co-innovate Programme is supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU programmes body.