Local Enterprise Week 2022

Lew spotlight


March 9th

11am – 12.30pm

Agile Ambition – Funding For Innovation

“Innovation: the introduction of new products and services that add value to the organisation.” - 

Kevin McFarthing

Every company needs to innovate. It needs to continue to grow, adapt and evolve to meet the changing needs of the consumer and the marketplace. Sometimes innovation can be small steps, easily taken. But sometimes it requires investment. And here’s where the Agile Innovation Fund can help.


The Agile Innovation Fund gives small companies rapid access to funding to develop new technologies, new products or to respond more quickly to develop new market opportunities. 


The funding allows companies to access up to 50% to support new product, process or service development projects with a total spend of up to €300,000. Smaller projects up to this amount may also qualify for 50% grant aid.


This event tells the story of two companies who have successfully received this support through their Local Enterprise Office. Their stories demonstrate how this is helping them diversify and scale their businesses.


The event will also examine the online application process for the Agile Innovation Fund, giving insights and advice on how to present your case for funding.


If your business is ready for Innovation funding support, this event is not to be missed. Book your place now!

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Event Speakers: 


James Wall: Managing Director - Advanced 3D Technologies Ltd

James has a BEng, Industrial and Process Engineering, from the National University of Ireland, Galway and a Master’s degree in Project Management from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. James is an experienced entrepreneur and since 2015 is the Managing Director of 3D Technology Ltd., and later also co-founding MedScan3D in 2018. James has an extensive knowledge of 3D printing, materials science, design for additive manufacturing and medical device design. James is also a successful oarsman and used to row for NUIG and Ireland.

In 2020 Advanced 3D Technologies received an Agile Innovation R&D and IP Plus grant for the development of an ultra-polymer, large format, bespoke 3D Printer using third party components to provide a cost-effective model to third-level education institutions and manufacturing companies. The objective of this project is developing a printer to use ultra-polymer material, which is for specific industry use such as aerospace engineering where high temp and stronger characteristics are required.


Facilitator: Sean McNulty is an Innovation Practitioner and BSc., Adj Professor, DCU Business School.

Sean leads a team of practitioners who identify unmet and unarticulated user needs, then discovers, develops the right solutions, through to commercialisation. HE is the founder and Chairman of Dolmen Design and Innovation 1991 and a past President Institute of Designers in Ireland.

Current Chair NSAI TC45 Innovation Committee. National expert on ISO 56000, Innovation Management System. Founder Insight Innovate, an Innovation Management coach and training consultancy. 

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Brendan McGrath: Owner/Manager of KrushTech

Brendan has many years of experience specialising in sales and marketing of Construction Equipment particularly in UK market and also in dealer distribution management across Europe. Focused on developing and driving new sales into new markets and looking for new product opportunities based around customer feedback and experience. As the business diversifies into recycling equipment for construction this will play to his strengths in this growing market.

 In 2019 KrushTech received an Agile Innovation R&D grant for developing a prototype of a compact mobile crusher and hybrid crusher/shredder for the construction market.  The units will also save construction companies logistical costs of getting waste transported from construction sites as the products will do this on site. 

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Gillian Slattery: Senior Regional Development Executive, Mid-West Region, Enterprise Ireland


Senior Regional Development Executive for the Mid West Region to help drive Enterprise Ireland’s regional strategy to develop and grow an ecosystem which supports indigenous enterprise and entrepreneurs in the region, in collaboration with all key regional stakeholders.  National Manager for the Regional Technology Clustering Programme in Enterprise Ireland & coordinator of 12 multi sectoral Cluster managers based in the Institutes of Technology and Technical Universities across Ireland.  Previously held roles as a Development Advisor in the Life Sciences and Consumer products Unit of the Hight Potential Start Up Division in Enterprise Ireland, Senior Enterprise Development Officer at LEO Galway and Regional Development in Enterprise Ireland. 


Gillian will talk through the process of applying for an Agile grant, providing insights and answering questions.