Funding solutions to our city’s challenges

by Gazette Reporter

Smart Dublin and Enterprise Ireland have provided funding to 16 Dublin companies as part of a scheme to solve city challenges.
Solutions will be tested to address illegal dumping, to monitor and predict blocked gullies in high risk flooding areas and to design innovative wayfinding solutions across the Dublin region.
The programme is being delivered through Enterprise Ireland’s Small Business Innovation Research programme and is also a key action in the Dublin Action Plan for Jobs.
The challenges announced last May generated almost 200 expressions of interest with 40 proposals submitted and evaluated by industry, academic and city experts.
Of those, 16 have been awarded phase 1 funding of circa €12,500 alongside supports from Smart Dublin to research and demonstrate the viability of their solution before the end of 2017.
Following this, a number of phase 2 contracts worth €25,000 to €50,000 each will be awarded to prototype the solutions in the city.
“This is an outstanding cohort of companies and we look forward to working with them over the coming months across the four Dublin local authorities,” said Philomena Poole, chair of Smart Dublin.
“We will support them to build new products and services that address our challenges, in turn creating new job opportunities and supporting the companies to scaleup internationally.”
Maria Gavin, Enterprise Ireland, said: “Small Business Innovation Research is recognised internationally as a proven approach that works for both public bodies and companies.
“It facilitates SMEs with early stage ideas to access public sector procurement opportunities.
“I commend Smart Dublin for expanding their programme to take in three challenges and 16 new companies.
“This new fund has the potential to create in-demand technologies and innovations which can be adopted quickly to make positive and significant societal impacts.”

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