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Kildare Community Network Will Receive €2.5m For Co-Working Spaces

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Up to €180 million to be available for regional enterprise development projects

Kildare Community Network will receive over €2.5m in funding for a co-working space to cluster Irish and international new-technology companies and provide mentorship and support (MERITS)

The Mid-East Plan, covering counties Kildare, Meath and Wicklow is one of nine new enterprise plans throughout the country which will be funded by up to €180m.

The Department of enterprise has said the funding will drive the implementation of the plans which will develop and implement collaborative and innovation enterprise projects in the regions and support sustainable jobs.

Funding allocated in the Mid East Region Kildare, Wicklow and Meath;

Project

REDF funding

RETS funding

Project description

Clermont Enterprise Hub CLG

€1,434,000

n/a

Enterprise Hub for specialised and customised, sector specific business supports for the Irish screen content creation sector.

Kildare Community Network (MERITS)

€1,917,200

€573,080

Co-working space to cluster Irish and international new-technology companies and provide mentorship and support (MERITS)

Boyne Valley Food Innovation District DAC

€1,580,640

n/a

Food enterprise incubation centre and smart specialization collaborative for food and drink SMEs to commercialise and scale.

UCD Nova DAC

€3,002,441

n/a

Ag Tech Innovation Hub for the creation and expansion of knowledge intensive businesses.

Community Enterprise Association Ireland (CEAI) (formerly National Association of Community Enterprises)

€369,600

€77,600

Representative body of over 270 community enterprise centres. Its primary role is to support and develop the interests of community enterprise centres on a national basis.

Total REDF and RETS funding

 

€8,954,561

 

The Department has said the REPs have been developed using a ‘bottom up’ approach by people who have a real stake in their community.

This model makes the plan unique and responsive to the opportunities and needs of the region, with a focus on regional collaboration.

 

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