The Innovation Exchange

The Innovation Exchange is a multi-year programme that facilities collaboration between Irish SME’s and large multinationals to boost innovation.  It will support over 1,000 companies between 2022-2025. The programme is managed by Dublin BIC in partnership with Skillnet Ireland. The initiative was developed to address the barriers that exist for SMEs engaging with corporates and government.

The Innovation Exchange is designed to offer a complete framework that will enable both SMEs and large corporates to develop a full understanding of the innovation process from ideation through to procurement and will allow for a structured and managed process to connect both parties that will lead to increased business opportunities.

About Skillnet Ireland

Skillnet Ireland is a business support agency of the Government of Ireland with a mandate to advance competitiveness, productivity and innovation of Irish businesses through enterprise-led workforce development.  Skillnet Ireland believes that maintaining a highly skilled workforce is essential to our national competitiveness. Our business is to ensure that your business has the skills it needs to thrive.

With a mission is to facilitate increased participation in enterprise training and workforce learning in Ireland, Skillnet Ireland currently supports over 18,000 businesses nationwide and provides a wide range of valuable learning experiences to over 70,000 trainees. Find out more at

About Dublin BIC

Dublin BIC (Dublin Business Innovation Centre) empowers entrepreneurs to start and scale new businesses by providing funding and the accelerator programmes required to advance the ambitions of early-stage companies. Dublin BIC provides the most comprehensive range of practical supports to entrepreneurs in Ireland. Over 85% of Dublin BIC assisted companies have secured third party finance and 500+ have raised funding through Dublin BIC managed programmes.

Dublin BIC provides direct access to angel and venture funding, investing over €15M in the last year. It runs start and scale accelerators, provides corporate innovation support and offers incubation and co-working space. Find out more at