EU Projects

LEO Cork City is a partner in 2 Atlantic Area Interreg projects which support local companies in developing new markets in Europe.

Atlantic Digital Startup Academy

Atlantic Digital Startup Academy (ADSA) helps digital startups develop and launch their offer in international markets. Through a support programme including mentoring, training, networking and events the Academy companies research new markets, test their products, develop know-how and form partnerships that will be fundamental to successful selling  in overseas markets. The Atlantic area is seen as a first step for startups to discover new markets, to benefit from training to test their offer, and to start doing business.

Case Studies

One objective of the project is to work with local business support organisations to help identify and promulgate best practice in helping startups go international. With this in mind the partners have highlighted the following case studies:


    La Cantine is a non-profit organisation which aims to connect companies and individuals in the fields of the web and digital innovation in the Loire region. Read more...

    A programme aimed at advising the 10 most promising scale-ups in Andalusia in order to take advantage of the opportunities posed by the European Single Market Strategy. Read more...
  3. RYME +

    Developed and tested a methodology for the internationalisation of companies from SUDOE Area (France, Portugal and Spain) in cooperation with partners from Brazil and USA with 99 companies from ICT, Biotech and Greentech sectors. Read more...

    iFactory West was a tailored business and innovation support programme aimed at small and micro businesses that had ambitions to grow, compete and succeed internationally. Read more...

    An accelerator with an innovative and “born global” vocation, which planned to support the set-up of 10 startups through an acceleration programme held in four ecosystems. Read more...

Atlantic Food Export

Atlantic Food Export is a project supported by the EU under the Atlantic Area Interreg Programme involving partners from 7 European regions. The project aims to improve competitiveness and increase exports of AA food sector SMEs primarily by encouraging business cooperation initiatives, such as export consortia. The project activities are intended to help the participating SMEs to overcome some of the barriers to internationalisation arising from their small size, structure, skill set or lack of resources. The partners are Chambre d’Agriculture de la Dordogne (France), ASINCAR (Asturias, Spain), Cámara de Comercio de Sevilla (Spain), ADRAVE (Portugal), Cork City Council (Ireland), Northern Ireland Food & Drink Association (Northern Ireland), BIC Innovation (Wales).