Support innovation in the local economy



CONTACT (lead and partners)

Action Ref. #

Support the creation of an innovation friendly culture in the city


Support it@cork, the European Tech Cluster




Facilitate provision of city centre start up space for tech companies, building on the success of Formalab


Cork City Council and Cork Smart Gateway


Facilitate the establishment of data centre in Cork


Cork City Council and Cork Smart Gateway




Support innovation in the local economy and local community that recognises arts and creative activity as drivers for growth

Cork City & County Councils and other relevant stakeholders


Support the development of new and existing clusters

Build on and exploit Cork’s strengths in the food and drink sector, in a responsible and sustainable manner.

Cork City Council & other stakeholders




Support the continued development of creative industries and cultural/artistic sectors, which are drivers of innovation in the local economy and community.

Cork City & County Councils, Film in Cork and other relevant stakeholders




Continue to support the growth of Energy Cork as an exemplar industry cluster in the energy sector – leading to economic growth and job creation in the sector and advancing Cork’s unique position at the forefront of energy innovation in Ireland

Energy Cork



Support the following clusters as outlined in the SW Regional Action Plan for Jobs:

  • Convergent Life Sciences and Health
  • Global Business Services
  • Tourism
  • Marine, Energy and Natural resources
  • Consumer food

And cross cutting clusters:

  • ICT and Entrepreneurship.
    • Advanced manufacturing / engineering




Further develop entrepreneurship and an enterprise culture in Cork

Develop initiatives to promote youth entrepreneurship

Local Enterprise Office, Cork City Council, Cork City Partnership and Cork Smart Gateway



Support the provision of a range of entrepreneurship and incubation programmes and activities

UCC, CIT, Cork City & County LEOs and Councils, Cork BIC,  and EI



Develop and promote Cork City as a centre of excellence for entrepreneurship 

Cork City Council, Cork County Council  and Cork Innovates



Develop Cork as a Smart Gateway – where digital technologies and smart solutions support  better public services for citizens



Support the Cork SMART Gateway initiative

Cork Smart Gateway, Cork City Council,  Cork City LEO, Cork County Council, NIMBUS and Tyndall