The Innovation Exchange

The Innovation Exchange is a multi-year programme that facilitates 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 Furthr (formerly 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 Furthr ( Formerly Dublin BIC)

Since 1988, Furthr has provided ambitious founders with everything they need to start and scale their businesses. Furthr offers the most comprehensive range of practical support to entrepreneurs in Ireland. Through game-changing consultancy, programmes, and events, Furthr guarantee’s that innovators will stand before their network of potential investors with confidence, ready to beat the odds.


Furthr empowers entrepreneurs to start and scale new businesses by providing access to the funding, programmes and connections required to advance their ambitions. Over the years, Furthr have helped Ireland’s innovative start-up founders to raise a total of €500+ million. Over 80% of Furthr-assisted companies have secured third-party finance, and more than 500 companies have raised funding through Furthr-managed programmes.

Furthr enables Irish start-ups to go Furthr, faster.

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Sponsorship Opportunities 

The Innovation Exchange offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities, providing a level to meet every budget! Aligning sponsorship with your brand builds awareness of your business and gives your company exposure to over 400+ innovators and decision makers.
For further information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact us.

Regional Hub Opportunities

The Innovation Exchange is looking to develop partnerships with regional hubs around the country to help roll out this exciting new initiative. For further information about opportunities, please contact us.