SME Research Funding & Innovation Voucher Clinic – APT Gateway

Date: 11th May 2023
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: TUS: Midlands

Are you a small and medium-sized limited company registered in Ireland? Do you require assistance with research and innovation solutions? 

APT Technology Gateway are currently inviting companies to register for their upcoming ‘SME Research Funding & Innovation Voucher Clinic’.  The clinic will run on Thursday 11th May, 9.30am to 11.30am in TUS: Midlands, Dublin Road, Athlone.  

Companies registered on the day will have access to information regarding research, development, innovation, state-of-the-art testbeds, and living lab facilities, along with details on available Enterprise Ireland funding supports, which can help companies of all sizes engage in innovation and research activities. 

The Clinic will offer those interested the following:  

  • A chance to speak to knowledgeable and experienced researchers and engineers from the Enterprise Ireland Funded Gateway Applied Polymer Technologies (APT).
  • Advice on a range of Enterprise Ireland funding sources and funding applications such as the Innovation Voucher,  Agile Innovation Fund and the Innovation Partnership.

Who Should attend:  

This event will benefit registered SMEs that are designing and developing a plastic or polymer-based Product, Process, or Service.  

APT Technology Gateway  

APT Technology Gateway is based at the Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Campus. The Gateway provides polymer technology solutions for companies (from SMEs to multinationals) in the sporting, medical, Agri-sector, composite, recycling, food, and pharmaceutical sectors. Acting as an industry-led research hub supporting Irish-based plastics and polymer companies in creating solutions to overcome current challenges faced by industry.  

Event details

Date: 11th May 

Time: 9.30am – 11.30am  

Location: TUS Midlands, Engineering & Science Building, Dublin Road, Athlone.  


MTU Technology Gateway Seminar

Date: 22nd March 2023
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online

MTU is home to four Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways, each delivering innovation expertise and solutions for Irish industry. Focusing on key technology areas, which are aligned to industry needs in sectors such as photonics, IoT, mechatronics, biotechnology and smart technologies.  Irish industry now have an opportunity to discover more about MTU’s Technology Gateways at their upcoming online Seminar on the 22 March at 1pm -2pm.

Topics on the day will include discussions around facilities and services available to industry on a regional and national basis. As well as information on:  

  •  R&D funding 
  • IP Management 
  • Typical project lifecycle  
  • How to engage with a Technology Gateway.  

Date: 22nd March 2023

Time: 1pm - 2pm

Register here


Introduction to AR VR

Date: 28th September 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Learn the basics of virtual and augmented reality technologies and how they can be practically applied to your organisation.

About this event
Walton Institute will host an informative and interactive introduction to mixed reality technologies in the form of a 1 day workshop in our Mixed Reality Lab. Funded by Enterprise Ireland, the lab boasts state-of-the-art mixed and interactive technologies allowing practical demonstrations to companies interested in applying these practices to their own products and services.

On the day, participants will receive an overview of the Metaverse, an introduction to VR hardware, learn more about the use of object photogrammetry in digital twin and industry 4.0 practices all with a focus on use cases and gaining hands on experience.

The Workshop

  • 9:30 – 10:00 Arrival and Orientation.
  • 10:00 – 11:00 Introduction to AR/VR
  • 11:00 – 11:15 Break*
  • 11:15 – 12:15 Introduction to Mobile AR and MR technology
  • 12:15 – 13:15 Lunch*
  • 13:15 – 14:00 Object Photogrammetry and VR focus
  • 14:00 – 14:10 Tour of Digital Photogrammetry Lab
  • 14:10 – 15:10 Introduction to VR
  • 15:10 – 15:20 Break*
  • 15:20 – 15:50 Discussion of attendee identified business cases & Plenary
  • *Refreshments included

The Trainer

Stephen Barnes is an experienced software researcher at Walton Institute. Since joining Walton in 2016, Stephen has specialized in Augmented and Virtual Reality applications. He has completed projects for a variety of industry verticals including: AEC, virtual heritage, retail logistics, sports rehabilitation as well as education and training.

His background includes degrees in Electronic Engineering as well as Applied Social Studies, a Higher Diploma in Science in Computing and a postgraduate certificate in Education. Stephen was an ICT and Media Studies Teacher at Tendring Technology College in the UK as well as a registered tutor with DCU and YWCA in Vancouver, Canada. In addition to his teaching experience, Stephen has also created training materials for Social Care practitioners.

For more information on this workshop, and other tailored training courses in mixed reality, contact

To avail of a group discount email

Tickets: €375+VAT

Date: 28th September 2022

Time: 09:30-16:30pm

Location: Walton Institute for Information and Communication Systems Science, SETU West Campus, Carriganore, X91 WR86, Co. Waterford

Trends in Polymer Processing & Investigations

Date: 6th July 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online

Discover more about current trends in polymer processing with the Applied Polymer Technologies (APT)  Webinar Series, 'Trends in Polymer Processing & Investigations'. The next webinar in the series is presented by Dr Margaret Brennan Fournet and Dr Marija Mojicevic.

Dr Margaret Brennan Fournet
Title: Sustainable Plastics for your Enterprise

This webinar details radically new technology developments which can accommodate circularity for an increasingly wide source of plastics and polymers, including those that are not recycled/recyclable today. Innovation in for how plastics are made, unmade and remade can deliver highly economically feasible routes to transition from the linear to the circular plastics economy.

Dr Marija Mojicevic
Title: From waste to biopolymers: closing the circle for plastics economy

In the midst of a global health pandemic, we are ignoring another pandemic that has been going on for decades and is rarely in the public spotlight: the plastic waste pandemic. This webinar will focus on alternatives for plastic materials. It will provide insights into the challenges of biopolymers production and discuss their importance and overall use. Recent findings in biopolymer science will be summed up with a special highlight on using plastic-related materials as a feedstock for biomaterial synthesis.

Sustainability and best environmental practices for the cosmetic sector

Date: 30th June 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online

Would you like to find out more about sustainability and best environmental practices for the cosmetic sector?

About this event

The Natural Future of Cosmetics (NACO) team are delighted to present a guide to sustainability for cosmetic SMEs as part of the NACO project. We are looking forward to welcoming Dr Declan Bogan, co-founder of sustHub, to deliver a masterclass to help cosmetic SMEs understand and explore the key topics of sustainability of relevance in the cosmetics sector, with some peer examples of best practices. Frameworks and approaches will be shared, along with some practical things cosmetic SMEs can do. Bringing new forms of value and impact to your business will also be discussed.

There will also be time for questions and discussions at the end of this discussion.

Dr Declan Bogan - Biography

Working with over 160+ organisations, on multiple engagements, Dr Declan Bogan has been immersed in the world of innovation and sustainability across all areas of business: at strategic, product portfolio, human, service, process, customer experience and total proposition levels. From the bench to the boardroom, with micro to multinational organization, Declan has worked internationally with senior leaders in across many different sectors. He has also mentored and coached many start-ups on their business proposition evolution, all with a sustainability/climate focus. Declan is CEO and founder of innovate2zero, and co-founder of sustHub, Irelands premium sustainability training business. He works with a variety of clients in sustainability, climate strategy, circular economy, engagement, and strategic development. He is also a senior lead in the Future of Work Institute, a Cpl business.

First Polymer Training Skillnet: Supporting the Irish Polymer Industry

Date: 1st June 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online

Discover more about current trends in polymer processing with the Applied Polymer Technologies (APT)  Webinar Series, 'Trends in Polymer Processing & Investigations'.

About this event
Catherine Collins, Network Manager with First Polymer Training will give an overview of the network, Polymer Technology Ireland (Ibec) and how it supports the industry through subsidised training and third level polymer programmes but also through technical events and networking opportunities. She will also outline their new Sustainability Strategy Framework, developed for the polymer sector; a free programme to allow companies to develop their own Sustainability champions and actions plans.

Stephen O’Leary, Training Consultant with First Polymer Training, will discuss his proven approach to highly effective polymer processing training, primarily in injection moulding but also materials and design programmes offered by the network.

Alan Harrington, Technical Training Specialist with First Polymer Training, will discuss the latest developments in maintenance programmes, many tailored for the polymer sector and the latest training aids and facilities at their newly expanded technical training centre in Athlone.

Who should attend the talk:

Engineering/Plant/Production/Operations, Managers. Process, Product Development, R&D Engineers, HR Managers, or anyone who is interested in talent development for the polymer sector.

Capital Funding for Research Performing Organisations – Information Session

Date: 2nd June 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online

Innovation Partnership Programme Webinar

Capital Funding for Research Performing Organisations - Information Session 

The purchase of capital equipment by Research Performing Organisations can be supported through the new Innovation Partnership Programme Capital Funding Support.

This Webinar will focus on: What it is for, Eligibility criteria, How to apply


Technology Forum – where industry and innovators connect

Date: 16th June 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Croke Park, Dublin

Join Enterprise Ireland's Technology Gateway Network and Technology Centres for a Networking Morning on the 16th of June 2022 at Croke Park, Dublin

The theme of the event is sustainability. As companies strive towards a low carbon future, many are thinking about developing, and investing in sustainable products, processes or services. Participants will hear from a number of companies who have worked with the Technology Gateway Network and Technology Centres to utilise the expertise available within our host Universities, Technological Universities and Institutes of Technology. 

The aim of the event is to give companies an opportunity to meet the Gateway and Centre staff, to hear from companies who have worked with the Technology Gateways and Centres to utilise their expertise and to network and meet other companies.

The agenda for the event will be as follows:

  • 9.30 Registration, coffee and networking
  • 10.15 Introductions
  • 10.20 Yonael Bernard - Lambay Whiskey & CREDIT Gateway
  • 10.35 Kevin Cronin – Freefoam & Irish Manufacturing Research
  • 10.50 Coffee and Networking
  • 11.20 Kieran Coffey – MyGug & WiSAR Gateway
  • 11.35 Michael Mulloy and Derek Aherne - SSE Airtricity & CeADAR
  • 11.50 Q&A and Closing Remarks
  • 12.00 Lunch and Networking

This event is suitable for all types of Irish Business such as Start Ups, Small and Medium Enterprises, large indigenous companies and multinationals. Participants can also learn about the various funding mechanisms available from Enterprise Ireland, including the Innovation Voucher, Innovation Partnership and Agile Innovation Funding programmes. 

A networking lunch will be provided from 12pm. 


Trends in Polymer Processing & Investigations

Date: 4th May 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online

Discover more about current trends in polymer processing with the Applied Polymer Technologies (APT)  Webinar Series, 'Trends in Polymer Processing & Investigations'. The first webinar in the series is presented by Fred Jaubert, Technical Director EMEA at Dynisco and titled “Dynisco Demystifies Rheology: From lab to production providing a window into your process”.

We are all aware of the melt processing challenges we face most days and these challenges are normally related to incorrect machine settings etc which can inadvertently change the viscosity of the polymers during processing. This webinar deals with the important area of the viscosity of polymers and demystifies the topic to help us overcome these processing challenges.

Who should attend the talk: Engineering/Plant/Production/Operations, Managers & Directors. Process, Product Development, R&D Engineers, Material Development Engineers & ChemistsQuality Assurance & Lab Technicians


Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher Clinics – PEM & WiSAR Gateways

Start date: 28th March 2022
End date: 31st March 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Innovation Vouchers worth €5,000 are available from Enterprise Ireland to assist a company or companies to explore a business opportunity or problem with a registered Knowledge Provider.

IT Sligo and LYIT are registered knowledge providers and has completed numerous projects for SMEs in the region.

The Contract Research Unit (CRU), Precision Engineering and Manufacturing Technology Gateway (PEM) & Wireless Sensor and Applied Research Gateway (WiSAR) are here to help companies carry out R&D activities and aid in the development of new products or services.

The Innovation Clinics are for Companies to avail of a one-to-one review with the CRU, PEM and WiSAR. Follow up appointments can be arranged where appropriate, to assist you with an Innovation Voucher application.

For more information and registration details for individual clinics see below: 

IT Sligo (28th March)

Leitrim - The Hive (29th March)

Letterkenny - LYIT CoLab Building (30th March)

Gweedore - Gaoth Dobhair (31st March)