Working with Technology Gateways – what to expect in the new ‘normal’

The emergence of Covid-19 in Ireland has had a sudden and unforeseen impact on our lives and how we function as a society. Overnight, the doors of businesses, schools and colleges closed in order to protect our communities and each other.

For the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Network, this saw our teams of Gateway Managers, Business Development staff, Researchers & Engineers move exclusively to remote working. Communicating with new and existing clients through online or teleconference methods. Our Network remained open throughout, assisting our clients with expert technical advice, innovation and funding enquiries, as well as providing access to vital equipment where required. It was however, a sudden departure from the norm and one which may continue in part for some time to come.

Whilst some things may have changed, we can assure you that we are open for business and continue to provide our highest level of expertise and support to assist companies, wherever you may be on your innovation journey. As such we have included below some guidance on what you might expect when working with us in this new ‘normal’.

Can I work with the Technology Gateway Network?

Throughout the pandemic our 15 Technology Gateways continued to provide RD&I supports and advice to a range of Irish industry through remote working. Developing a range of innovative methods in order to support business through this period of uncertainly. Whilst we may have been limited in some areas, we are now working to bring our centres back to full strength. We welcome all opportunities to engage with and assist Irish companies embracing innovation, with our Gateway teams available to talk through your options at any stage.

 Can I still avail of the usual funding supports?

All of our usual innovation funding supports are still available. More information on our Enterprise Ireland funding can be found here. If you’re unsure where to begin, our Gateway Managers and Business Development teams can talk you though suitable supports and the criteria for application. Just give them a call!

 Are you exhibiting at events?

Whilst it may be some time before you see us at a physical event, we are still exhibiting and presenting at various online expos and webinars over the next few months. You can find out where to find us by following our Twitter or LinkedIn pages or checking out the events page on our website.

 Can I visit the Gateways?

Due to the ongoing pandemic, there are some restrictions in place regarding our centres. However give the relevant Gateway Manager a call who will discuss the various options available to you.

 Will there be a delay on my project due to Covid-19?

Our teams are working really hard to get the Gateways back to full strength, please keep in mind that throughout all centres social distancing and health and safety measures are applied, which may result in some changes to work practices and schedules. Your Gateway Manager will inform you of project timelines at the beginning of your project and will keep you informed throughout the process.

What’s the best way to get in touch?

In the first instance give us a call or send us an email, our contact details are available here, you can also check out contact details for individual Gateways here.

For more information about Technology Gateways and the many different types of projects we work on, check out our industry case studies or follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn.