South East Business Innovation Centre

South East Business Innovation Centre delivers the outsourced programmes for government in the start-up and export led growth company sectors and is a member of the Irish BICs group. Working closely with national organisation Enterprise Ireland, the BIC promotes the growth of innovative start-ups and early-stage enterprises by providing mentoring, incubation, support programs and access to funding. We utilise and develop experience and expertise through participation in EU projects.





Type of organisation:

NGO/ community-based organisation/ charity


  • Education and training
  • Employment and job creation
  • Environment
  • Policy and advocacy
  • Professional or sector representative body
  • Rural development
  • Science
  • Social inclusion
  • Sustainable development
  • Urban development


  • Digitalization
  • European learning networks and exchanges
  • Community outreach and engagement
  • Cultural and artistic innovation
  • Governance
  • Policy, advocacy and campaigns
  • Scientific innovation
  • Technological innovation

EU Project Experience

Substantial experience

  • Winnovate, Interreg 2004-2006, Lead Partner, assisting SMEs realise their full product design potential.
  • DETECT-IT, FP6 2004-2006, a dedicated network of incubators to detect, engage and favour SME participation in EC framework programmes
  • MicroTrade, 2007-2008, Project leader, animating regional national and cross border SME trading and collaboration.
  • Atlant-KIS I & II, Interreg NWE 2009-2014, Partner & Lead partner bridging the gap between Knowledge Intensive Service providers and SMEs, matching supply and demand
  • SmartAgriFood FP7 2014-16, Partner, supporting startups and SMEs in the development of smart apps and services for the Agri-food sector.
  • Support Network for Social Entrepreneurs (SuNSE), supporting emerging entrepreneurs to start their enterprise and existing enterprises to grow/scaleup alongside the development of the Transnational Hub

EU Funding Goals

Our focus is on building our network, learning, and participating as a partner in projects.

We are interested in European initiatives related to innovative solutions that accelerate efficient, sustainable, inclusive enterprises across industries with the potential to scale and export products/services.


We have a large network of over 1000 SMEs and entrepreneurs that we can reach out to via email/newsletter and social media platforms. We also have a close working relationship with the five Local Enterprise offices in each of the five counties that can be utilised to reach out to their extensive start-up and company databases (estimate 5,000 plus). We can also collaborate with the four Chambers in our region who will reach out to their list of organisations and entrepreneurs.

We have well established social media channels including LinkedIn, Facebook & Twitter we can use to engage with our target groups. There are accelerators programmes in the region we can also utilise to reach out target groups. There is also a national organisation that has local groups called GIY which has an increasing membership, they are involved in social entrepreneurship and circular economy agenda.


Contact Name:

Michelle O'Rourke

Job Title:

EU Project Manager/Business Consultant

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