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Innovate Dublin Ezine no 3

Innovate Dublin, Social Innovation Hub, 1st Floor, Civic Centre, 
Main St, Ballymun, Dublin 9

Tel: 01 891 61 00

Welcome to our third Ezine!

People say the summer is a quiet time in our sector; it has been quite the opposite in the Innovate Dublin offices:- 
  • We welcomed Ken to our team, our EU Funding Project Manager. Ken is working to submit EU funding applications with Dublin and EU partners.  
  • We were successful in receiving Enterprise Ireland funding via the Community Enterprise Initiative (CEI) - thank you EI.
  • We were delighted to hear that our proposal to run a Youth Academy Programme was one of the Irish winners of the Ulster Bank’s Skills and Opportunities Fund 2016. The results were announced in June.  A big thank you to all our supporters who voted for  us!
  • Our Social Innovation Hub started two new community programmes; Incubate for Growth and the Youth Academy - well done Annabelle!
  • Our CEO managed to find the time to get married!
We hope you have all enjoyed your summer,we look forward to catching up with you soon.

Team Innovate Dublin.

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We have been busy working with critical friends to create new programmes for the Ballymun community via our Social Innovation hub; our Youth Academy and Incubate for Growth programmes. See below for more information.

Youth Academy is a 15 week skills development programme, funded by Ulster Bank’s Skills and Opportunities Fund 2016.  Youth (18-24) will discover their potential and abilities, and will be given the tools to take charge of their own independence in a highly creative, innovative and engaging way. Those participating will develop transferable skills such as communication, project management and design thinking. Exceptional candidates will be offered the opportunity to repeat the programme as assistant facilitators in other areas.

If you are interested in receiving more information on this programme, contact or contact us on twitter via @innovate_dublin.

We have commenced a new 7-month programme called Incubate For Growth, where 10 high potential local entrepreneurs have been provided with a dedicated desk space in our Social Innovation Hub, as well as all the tools and supports they need to enable them to grow and develop their business.

Participants benefit from flexible access to our serviced co working space and lively co working community, and receive intensive support during the programme to enable them to develop their own skills to accelerate their business offering. 

At the end of the programme, the most promising participant will be identified and provided with additional supports to further assist in the development of their business offering. This includes 6 months free membership of the Hub.

This is a pilot programme and once the prototype is developed we will replicate it annually and across other areas in Dublin. 

The programme is sponsored by the Ballymun Area Office of Dublin City Council and the Local Enterprise Office, Dublin City.


The maker space roadshow is coming to our Social Innovation Hub the week of 13th November. Design, make and have fun! For children, teenagers and adults. From 3D printing fridge magnets to designing product packaging or 3D printing new products for your business. Our roadshow programme will be sent out in the coming months. In the meantime for more information contact

We are currently finalising the feasibility study for the Book Reserve Cafe, which will review business models for moving forward with the development of this business. 
Innovate Dublin is incubating the EU-funding Unit pilot project for Dublin City Council. The EU-funding unit is tasked with identifying strategically important projects across the breadth of Dublin City Council departments. Particular focus is given to the area of culture and all of its sub themes.  Innovate Dublin will work with Dublin City Council and others to develop the projects, and find the most appropriate funding streams for those projects. 
The work of this unit is important not just for the additional funding per se.  It provides additional project funding for new innovative projects that might not happen otherwise.  It gives Council officials the ability to work with other European cities and see how other cities deal with common issues.  It also raises the profile of Dublin across the European Union and allows Dublin to showcase the positive story we have to tell.  We are currently working on projects as diverse as tourism, heritage, marine food development, public art policy, visual thinking strategies and makerspaces.
If you are interested in more information on the EU funding Unit contact Ken Germaine, or 01 891 61 00. 
The SOCIAL INNOVATION HUB offers members access to 350 square metres of creative space to work, meet, learn and collaborate. We combine the best of a cafe, innovation lab, business accelerator, serviced office and community centre to create a place for meaningful encounters, productive work sessions and inspiration.

You can rent a hot desk for only €10 per day or a dedicated desk for only €175 per month.

Membership gives you a professional office right in the centre of Ballymun, only 7 kilometres from Dublin city centre and close to Dublin airport. Benefits include free use of our conference room, free one to one business mentoring and free attendance at all our networking events and training sessions. 

You can avail of all the member benefits or just make our space yours, for more information contact Annabelle Conway on 01 891 6116 / 891 6110 or see our Hubber`s pack.



We will introduce you to a new member (hubber) in each Ezine
The Ballymun Case Management Team is a flexible community support service for families and individuals in the Ballymun area. The team is just one of the many services provided by Depaul, a cross-border charity which helps people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Depaul manage over 20 specialised accommodation and outreach services for those who are homeless across Dublin and Northern Ireland.
The Ballymun Case Management Team offer a range of supports with a particular emphasis on supporting people experiencing homelessness and people wishing to change their alcohol use. They are currently providing supports to 109 adults and 169 children. The supports provided are varied but typical supports would include assisting service users in:
  • Sourcing suitable accommodation to move out of homelessness;
  • Changing their alcohol use through reduction, detox and/or abstinence programmes;
  • Building and developing supports within the community.
These typical supports are in keeping with Depaul's vision of a society in which everyone has a place to call home and a stake in their community.
“No matter how bad things get on the street I know BCMT will help me...They are always the first I go to and have been for a good while now”. Male, aged 46.
“The organisation’s representatives are so nice, caring, understanding and reassuring. Caring, in every way like giving ears to what one has to say no matter how or what the circumstance. Understanding, with their words to let you know that you are not alone in the situation you are in, with their actions by reassuring you with the calls and letters they help in writing to the necessary offices. And helpful by going to appointments with you”. Mother, with two children.
For further information on the Ballymun Case Management Team and/or Depaul visit their website:
EU Funding Programme Trip: This month Innovate Dublin and Dublin City Council went to Wales, to scope an outline of an Interreg programme with the Welsh Government. SWIMFAR is a joint Irish-Welsh programme to support the development of value-add micro & small to medium sized enterprises (MSME) in the marine food sector.  The focus is on developing products for specific international markets using the produce of the Irish/Celtic Sea.  The raw materials for these products can be sea food, fish, molluscs, seaweed or sea-based nutrients.  The end products would be high-end produce made by Irish or Welsh MSME food producers.  The partners will come from across Wales and the Dublin City area. 

Picture:- from left to right Liam Barry, Dublin City Council; Fiona Descoteaux, Innovate Dublin; Ken Germaine, Innovate Dublin; Stuart Evans, Welsh Government; Bethan Jones, Welsh Government; Myrddin Davies, Menter a busnes; Caroline Dawson, Menter a Busnes and Angela Sawyer, Food Innovation Wales.
National Design Strategy - Consultation Group Meeting - thank you to the LEO for the invite!
Design and design thinking are playing a bigger part in all aspects of business. Following consultation, the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation published a Policy Framework in January 2016. Following from that the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, led by CEO Karen Hennessy, has done extensive work on a National Design Strategy. Organisations and individuals with a specific or general interest in this area were invited by the LEO to review key points of the Strategy and get additional input. 

Innovate Dublin attended the June 2016 Event of the LEO Dublin City Women in Business Network which featured a talk by Carol Bolger of Carthena Consulting on the topic of "Unlocking your Potential: The Power of Self Belief".  Research consistently shows that women are often held back by the fact that they are less confident than men, leading them to overestimate the risks and underestimate themselves. This can hold them back from setting up businesses or being ambitious in their businesses. Carol talked about the importance of self-belief and steps that women can take to reach their full potential.
To stay up to date on our activties, follow us on Twitter @innovate_dublin
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