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Proposal I put together for an Innovation Acceleration Programme

In Supports for SMEs on January 3, 2013 at 9:09 pm


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It is commonly accepted that there is a need to take “innovation” out of the R&D Department and inculcate it in the entire company ethos in order to compete successfully on the global stage. Innovation encompasses knowledge management, actions that contribute to engaged employees, business process innovation, Continuous Improvement/Lean and R&D. However many SMEs regard engaging in innovation as the preserve of large companies with big budgets.

Working with companies to help them engage in structured innovation is currently a resource intensive process. 

Drawing on the positive experience and success of the iGAP programme (http://www.enterprise-ireland.com/en/Management/Learn-skills-to-start-and-develop-your-business/I-GAP.shortcut.html ), and bearing in mind the necessity of encouraging Irish SMEs to become more innovative in order to successfully compete globally, a programme of this nature could take its shape from the iGAP programme.

Objectives of such a programme

Education role: What innovation is and is not. While innovation practices include Knowledge Management, Business Process Innovation, Continuous Improvement/Lean and R&D there is little appreciate of this by the SME community.

Awareness role: By raising this subject in the SME community (particularly publishing the success stories arising from the programme) it will have the effect of raising interest and awareness of the innovation supports available in Ireland.

Benefit to participants: It is intended that at the end of each programme a cohort of SMEs will have developed key competences and engage in innovative activity within their businesses in a sustained way.

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