Cork City and County Councils won the Chambers Ireland Excellence In Local Government Award last night in the Joint Local Authority Initiative category. The winning project was Cork Innovates.
Cork Innovates is a unique, collaborative initiative which aims to actively support job creation, the promotion of an entrepreneurial eco-system and the support of innovative business practices. By promoting entrepreneurship Cork innovates aims to position the Cork region as the very best place to locate entrepreneurial business in all its forms, from a local, regional, national and international perspective.
Cork Innovates is funded jointly by Cork City and County Councils, through their Economic Development Funds - ring-fenced funds, drawn from 1% of the region’s commercial rate base, to provide financial support for innovative economic initiatives across Cork city and county. Cork Innovates is hosted by Cork Chamber and its steering committee includes representatives of Cork City and County Enterprise Boards, Enterprise Ireland, Cork BIC, UCC, CIT, both local authorities and a number of entrepreneurs.
Cork Innovates was developed in response to an identified need for a cohesive advice structure (funding, networking, education etc.) by those embarking on new entrepreneurial projects within a complex landscape. This is a difficult landscape for new comers to navigate and so Cork Innovates aims to support, encourage and enable entrepreneurs and business people through this system
Amongst the achievements of Cork Innovates are the annual InBusinessInCork showcase for existing and aspiring entrepreneurs and business people, €30,000 bursary for competition for business start ups, a unique online information portal for entrepreneurs, and entrepreneurship education.
For further information visit www.corkinnovates.com
Pictured above in the photo collecting the award are (l-r)) Conor Healy (CEO Cork Chamber), Siobhan Finn (Cork Innovates Co-Ordinator), Minister Phil Hogan, Lord Mayor Cllr Catherine Clancy, Paul Hands (former Chair Cork Innovates),Cork County Mayor Cllr Noel O' Connor, Cork City Manager Tim Lucey and Cork County Manager Martin O'Riordan.