InnovationChef posted a blog here a few weeks back describing the importance of innovation for Irish businesses today. He left us with the question of how we can connect with the myriad of innovation resources and individuals that already exist in Ireland.
Well in the intervening period there have been a few conversations about this – on my own blog, on Twitter and on the IDA’s Innovation Ireland group on LinkedIn. We’ve talked about the idea of an online network for innovators that would be a forum for start-ups and individuals with ideas to meet, share and potentially develop partnerships.
There are some networks already, but it seems that most are not fulfilling the needs of many. Some people feel that we do not need yet another network (YAN), but that we should spend time improving what’s there or picking the best of each of them and aggregating them into a central resource.
However, among the inviduals who are bursting with idea’s there is overwhelming support for a new network that would help them bring their innovations to market. It seems that those who are already in start-up mode, who are already engaged with the various agencies, Enterprise Ireland or the County Enterprise Boards are well catered for.
Is this the case? Have you all the supports that you need already? Would you value a new online platform that would allow you to tap into innovation resources that could help you grow your business?
Two of the Enterprise Ireland activities that do appear to be meeting some part of the need are Ideagen which is an innovation roadshow touring Ireland at the moment, providing physical networking opportunities, and the Big Ideas Network which invites you to post some information about your big idea in order to find the people with the commercial services you need. Have you availed of any of these? If so what are your thoughts?