Traditional SMEs

ii Member Type

Accelerate your traditional companies technology transformation adaption

Inishowen’s indigenous or traditional economy is mixed, with a focus on light engineering, tourism, culture, agriculture and fishing/aquaculture. These sectors are increasingly impacted by developments in Industry 4.0, AI, VR, and AR. ii helps such businesses to accelerate adaption by providing easier access to funding and training, disruptive digital demonstrators and prototypes, organised on a sector-by-sector basis.

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What does the ii member journey look like for a traditional SME?

The ii member journey is divided into three sections:


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Member Growth Services

ii helps its members to focus on and attain business support – from the public and private sectors – needed by startups, existing companies, and entrepreneurs. The following are the steps ii take to help traditional SMEs grow and scale:

Step 01: Awareness Briefings

ii awareness briefings are for ii members, to showcase the ii’s facilities, introduce them to other ii ecosystem members and enlighten them as to how emerging technologies could be incorporated into their businesses.

Step 02: Tester Workshops

Tester workshops are conducted to provide a deeper insight into the projects, technologies, and ongoing interactions within the ii ecosystem.

Step 03: Needs Assessment

Consultation with potential members to determine needs and service requirements from the ii. It will entail joint working between the ii management and appropriate development agencies (EI, LEO, ETB, IDA) and marks the beginning of the process to determine whether membership is appropriate.

Step 04: Agency Meetings

Meet with statutory development agencies in the hub to access programmes, development advice and support.

Step 05: Member Development Plan

Follows on from the needs assessment and is applicable to prospective members. It describes the business purpose of the member locating in the ii, as well as the business and technology goals that will be achieved. It specifically sets out the development agency (EI, LEO, IDA, ETB) programmes and services that the innovator needs to avail of.


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Living Lab Testbeds

Living Labs are open innovation ecosystems in real-life environments. ii members have access to living lab test beds and expertise in technology gateways across Ireland, university research centres and specialist centres to develop emerging digital-based solutions using a hands-on approach. The Living Labs services are made available online through a virtual reality platform.


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Collaborative Office Space

ii’s state-of-the-art innovation space is custom designed to meet start-ups’ and innovators’ collaboration and work needs. It complements ii’s digital technology innovation and member growth services.

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