Industry 4.0 revolution in Ireland’s Mid-West

Tech Disrupt 4.0 pilot project aims to encourage cutting edge technology, innovation and software development in counties Clare and Limerick.

Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) in Clare and Limerick have launched a new pilot project entitled Tech Disrupt 4.0 whereby six innovative firms can secure up to €25,000 in funding vouchers each.

Managed by the LEOs of Clare and Limerick, the project through a competitive structure, will support individuals and businesses that develop solutions that will deliver automation and smarter decision-making tools to manufacturers and associated industries.

“We cannot stand still when it comes to business and enterprise. We need to be focused on the next steps and how best we can innovate to succeed”

The project is open to individuals and businesses who are located or domiciled in counties Clare and Limerick.

“In the long term we envisage that some of the participants of the Tech Disrupt 4.0 pilot project may progress to be leaders in their fields and help the Mid-West region to become a leading location for innovators, disruptors and software developers aligned to the principles and applications of Industry 4.0,” said Mike Cantwell, head of Enterprise at the Local Enterprise Office in Limerick.

To find out more and to register your interest in the Clare and Limerick LEOs Tech Disrupt 4.0 pilot project visit https://www.localenterprise.ie/Clare/Enterprise-Development/Tech-Disrupt-Pilot-Programme/

Making it in the Mid-West

“Innovation is the key to success,” said the Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Michael Collins.

“We cannot stand still when it comes to business and enterprise. We need to be focused on the next steps and how best we can innovate to succeed. This joint project will place Limerick businesses at the forefront of using smart technologies in order to grow and compete on an international scale. It shows the edge that we have as a region to work together to achieve a competitive advantage by embracing new technologies and harnessing the innovative ecosystem we have to create results.”

“Innovation has never been more important than it is at the present time, so I am pleased to see supports such as this that encourage and facilitate great ideas to flourish,” said the Mayor of Clare, Cllr Mary Howard.

“Our businesses and communities have a track record of tremendous adaptability, and I have no doubt we will see exciting technological developments in response to the challenges of the future.”

After a series of online events and ideation workshops, interested parties will be encouraged to make a presentation of their proposed Industry 4.0 aligned solution. Six entries will be chosen to receive up to €25,000 of funding vouchers to help create and develop a viable business solution.

Solutions aligned to Industry 4.0 include, but are not limited to:

  • Big Data and Data Analysis
  • 3D Printing
  • Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML)
  • Blockchain
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Robotics and Automation
  • FinTech
  • Life Sciences
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR & AR)

Pictured (from left): Eoin Hinchy, Post Doctorate Researcher, Confirm/SFI; Padraic McElwee, Head of Enterprise Local Enterprise Office Clare; Mike Cantwell, Head of Enterprise Local Enterprise Office Limerick; Conor McCarthy, Centre Director, Confirm/SFI. Image: Arthur Ellis

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 1 October, 2020