An initial €2.75 million budget, administered by Enterprise Ireland, on behalf of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, supports this initiative. The Enterprise Ireland RTCF (Regional Technology Clustering Fund) supports cluster development and connectivity with, and engagement between, enterprise and regionally based knowledge providers, such as the Institutes of Technology/ Technological Universities.
‘Clustering in Ireland has started a new chapter with the development of a cadre of new Education & Outreach Managers, along with existing Clustering Managers from established clusters, across a broad range of sectors and regions, who have commenced a joint development programme and implementation planning process to grow and scale the number of companies active in clusters in Ireland. These new Education and Outreach managers will focus on innovation; productivity; competitiveness; market development and internationalisation.’
‘This initiative is being promoted and funded through Enterprise Ireland and the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment to help achieve best practice in cluster development in Ireland’.’