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Issue 519 - 2nd Nov 2020
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Belfast Enterprise Academy gives student entrepreneurs head start in business
 
As the effects of Covid-19 continue to hit young people’s economic prospects hard, the ‘Belfast Enterprise Academy’ is giving third level students invaluable support to become successful entrepreneurs.
 
Belfast City Council’s award winning Belfast Enterprise Academy programme provides free support to degree level students who want to develop and launch their own business.
 
Chair of Belfast City Council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee, Councillor David Brooks, explains: “Our Belfast Enterprise Academy gives students real world guidance, advice and support as they generate, test and refine their business ideas. As well as learning from peers who have already successfully started their own business, with our help, they meet experts and established entrepreneurs who can help turn their visions into a reality.  We also help them to access the financial support they need to become their own boss. In these incredibly challenging times for young people and for business, it’s heartening to know that our support is making a real difference.”
 
One of the BEA’s most recent graduates, Naomi McGregor, is testament to the Academy’s winning formula, having just clinched the top award in the Catalyst Invest Enterprise Software Category for her company Movetru, which provides specialist sports software that pairs with an athlete’s device to provide personalised information to enhance performance, prevent injury and aid rehabilitation.
 
For more information about the Belfast Enterprise Academy, visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/bea
 
For further information and media enquiries, please contact:
Press Office, Belfast City Council
Tel: 028 9027 0221
Email: bccmedia@belfastcity.gov.uk
In case of emergency – out of hours press officer: 07917 458070
Date Time Title Speakers Registration Link
Monday
16 November 2020
12.30pm – 1.30 pm Resilience & Adaptability: Excelling in Adversity Mandy Hickson – Former Fighter Pilot and Globally Renowned speaker CLICK HERE TO BOOK
Tuesday
17 November 2020
10.30am – 12 Noon Making your Business Stand Out Online Digital 24 Team and Orla O’Hare, Customer Marketing Manager from Linwoods CLICK HERE TO BOOK
7.15pm – 8.15pm Confessions of A Start-up Go For It Programme Webinar as part of Global Enterprise Week
 
Cate Conway will interview 2 Go For It Programme alumni
CLICK HERE TO BOOK
Wednesday
18 November 2020
12.30pm – 1.30pm Vision & Traction: Building an Award – Winning Business Feargal McCormack – Founder and MD of PKF-FPM Accountants
and Dave Linton – Founder of Madlug
CLICK HERE TO BOOK
Thursday
19 November 2020
10.00am – 11.00am Mid South West Event: Inspiring Entrepreneurs Hear success stories from businesses across the 3 Council region.

Mairead Mackle,
Tarasis Enterprises
Shane McCrory,
ElectriCast Ltd
Cormac Diamond,
Bloc Blinds
CLICK HERE TO BOOK
Friday
20 November 2020
12.30pm – 1.30pm Wellbeing & Winning: Insights from World class Performers.
 
 
Gerry Hussey – Performance Psychologist to World Class Performers and
Lizzie Colvin – Irish International Hockey Player
CLICK HERE TO BOOK

 
Contact Kim Harris  mrskimharris@yahoo.co.uk   07851 838 219

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INTERTRADE IRELAND - PLANNING VOUCHER

Act now - advice and support worth £2000/€2250

Are you a business looking to navigate your way through Brexit and are unsure what to do next? InterTradeIreland offers 100% financial support up to £2000/€2250 (inclusive of VAT) towards professional advice in relation to Brexit matters. This support can help your business get advice on specific issues such as movement of labour, goods, services and currency management.

Are you eligible?

To qualify for financial support your business must:
  • Be located on the island of Ireland (North or South)
  • Trade across the border (NI/ROI)
  • Employ less than 250 employees
  • Have an annual turnover of less than €50m (sterling equivalent)
  • Have a satisfactory trading history (we reserve the rights to request submission of financial accounts)
Note: There are certain exclusions in line with specific State Aid guidelines, such as primary agriculture – please contact the Brexit Team at InterTradeIreland for further information.
The Voucher is provided under the European Commission Regulation on De Minimis Aid as stated in the documentation for the Brexit Start to Plan. The business must provide InterTradeIreland with details of all other De Minimis aid which has been granted to the business within the past three years. It should be noted that a false declaration by a business resulting in the threshold of €200,000 being exceeded could later give rise to the aid being recovered with interest.

For more information and to apply CLICK HERE
TENDERS
 
For Northern Ireland specific contracts, there are a number of sources of information specifically for contracts within Northern Ireland. The Central Procurement Directorate (CPD) handles contracts for a number of government departments.
 
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BELFAST CITY COUNCIL TENDER OPPORTUNITIES



179235 - SME Innovation Programme 2020 - An Innovation Programme to support the Businesses of the North East counties of Louth, Cavan and Monaghan.

Publication date:  30-10-2020
Response deadline:  13-11-2020 17:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: An Innovation Programme to support the Businesses of the North East counties of Louth, Cavan and Monaghan. As part of a special economic stimulus package for the Border Region (Counties Louth, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Louth and Leitrim in the Republic of Ireland) announced by Enterprise Ireland in January 2020, the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) in the six local authority Border counties will receive additional funding to deliver capability development programmes across a number of key pillars of enterprise support during 2020. The aim of this specific suite of development programmes is to drive economic activity in the region and ensure that businesses have the capability and capacity to mitigate the impact of BREXIT.
Buyer: Louth County Council

179272 - 202004 - Design, Print and Online Publication of Misean Cara's Annual Reports
Publication date:  30-10-2020
Response deadline:  30-11-2020 09:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The Annual Report is a key component of Misean Cara’s communications agenda. Published each year at the time of the organisation’s AGM in late June, it contains information on activities, governance and finances. In recent years, it has been published in hardcopy (500 copies) and online, with the latter format including a straightforward PDF of the printed version and an interactive micro-site.
Buyer: Misean Cara

179302 - DECC 01 - Microsoft Migration Training
Publication date:  30-10-2020
Response deadline:  04-11-2020 17:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Change management and training services (including instructor led training) to support the rollout of Microsoft 365 and MS Teams to 500 staff in the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications
Buyer: Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications
179040 - - services to identify and promote behaviours that support effective remote working for teams.
Publication date:  29-10-2020
Response deadline:  19-11-2020 13:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: the design and implementation of a programme that maps the remote working behaviours of teams, identifies their strenghts and develops a menu of actions to enhance team effectiveness, manager engagement and staff connectedness in a remote and blended working environment. The succssful tenderer will work with teams to implement these actions and assess their impact
Buyer: Department of Businesss, Enterprise and Innovation

179100 - LEOP20-07 Mentor Panel - Mentor Panel LEO Monaghan
Publication date:  28-10-2020
Response deadline:  27-11-2020 16:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: LEO Monaghan is compiling a panel of business development mentors, from which future mentor assignments for a 3-year period will be selected. Applications are invited from mentors with appropriate skills and experience that wish to be included in the LEO Monaghan mentor panel. Minimum selection criteria will apply and not all applicants may be awarded a place on the panel.
Buyer: Monaghan County Council

COVID-19: Cabin for head to toe disinfection of people is offered under distribution services agreement

COMMERCIAL PROFILE / BULGARIA / BOBG20201008001
A Bulgarian company active in the field of automation of industrial production offers for distribution a cabin for head to toe disinfection of people, which ensures prevention from further virus/bacteria spread, while also being harmless, safe to work within closed areas, easy for installation and use and customizable. The cabin is suitable for use in COVID-19 conditions and is also appropriate for disinfection and prevention against other pathogenic microorganisms.

Innovative and non-invasive system for detection of alcohol in the blood.

TECHNOLOGY PROFILE / CROATIA / TOHR20190227001
A Croatian company, in cooperation with University from Zagreb Osijek, is developing an innovative, noninvasive transdermal sensor/detector for continuous monitoring of alcohol in sweat/breath of the examinee. The market and potential users of the product are people with alcohol dependence, insurance companies, health insurance funds, medical institutions, but also work organizations. They are looking for a partner to sign a Joint venture or Financial agreement.

Danish cyber-security start-up offers advanced anti-hacking trap under commercial agency agreement

COMMERCIAL PROFILE / DENMARK / BODK20191105001
An innovative Danish start-up in the cyber-security sector has developed a system which mimics a network element and can provide early warning against hacking attempts. The product is now deployed in both the USA and Europe and the company is looking to expand further via commercial agency agreements.

French handcraft producer of high-end leather goods is looking for retail partners abroad with a boutique or an online store

COMMERCIAL PROFILE / FRANCE / BOFR20201001001
A French SME designs and produces high-quality leather products in full-grain Novonappa calfskin by hand in four colours. The SME has created original pieces with origami techniques. It offers small items such as cases (phone, glasses, cards...) and accessories for decoration (mouse pad, coasters...), clothing (belts, bowties...) or travelling (bags...). It offers tailor-made cases for Master Chef knive. The SME seeks retail partners abroad or online shops for distribution services agreements.

A French manufacturer of isothermal mail envelopes is looking for distributors

COMMERCIAL PROFILE / FRANCE / BOFR20191011001
A French SME has developed an isothermal envelope for up to 48 hours protection of products sensitive to the temperature. That envelope solves the problems bound to the respect for the cold chain during the shipping. The firm is looking for trade partners, such as suppliers of transport packaging, for distribution agreements.

German cyber security company specialised in defence-as-a-service security solutions offers license agreements

COMMERCIAL PROFILE / GERMANY / BODE20190503002
A German cyber security company, specialised in innovative and scalable solutions for defending data, assets and brands against global cyberattacks, is looking for commercialisation partners in Europe interested in a licensing agreement. They have developed an innovative automated platform which enables to deal with the growing number of complex cyber threats and security incidents more effectively and faster.

Method for communication device tracking, search for a research partner

TECHNOLOGY PROFILE / GERMANY / TODE20201016004
A German research institute has developed a concept for the alignment of transmitting and receiving antennas of future communication systems in the mm wave and terahertz frequency range. The concept is based on the miniaturisation of the combination of two orthogonally aligned radio beacons from terrestrial radio navigation. A partner for cooperative research and development is being sought for the new basic technology.

German company developed an intelligent parking lot rental tool and is now looking for technnology and commercial partners

TECHNOLOGY PROFILE / GERMANY / TODE20201016009
The German company digitizes parking lots using different appropriate technologies. With the real-time data created using different sensor technologies, they are able to analyse the usage of the lots and then allow a dynamic monetization by flexibly renting out parts of the parking lot that are not used. Lessors and lessees can use the platform (app). They are looking for partners for technical (sensor technology) and commercial cooperations (companies with access to parking lots).

Scalable battery calorimeter for applications in battery developments and quality assurance – looking for licensees

TECHNOLOGY PROFILE / GERMANY / TODE20201016002
A German research institute has development a scalable system for the measurement of calorimetric data of batteries. Calorimetric data indicate defects at an early stage and can thus help to predict a "thermal runaway" in later operation. The scalable system is suitable for applications in battery developments - new module designs as well as new battery materials - and quality assurance. The research institute is searching for licensees and partners for research cooperation agreements.

Radius forward measurement for spherical elements of optical measurement instruments – looking for a licensee

TECHNOLOGY PROFILE / GERMANY / TODE20201016003
A German metrology research institute has developed a solution which enables efficient measurements of strong curved spherical segments which are often used in optical measurement equipment. Currently measurements of the radius of spherical segments are limited by the thermal expansion of the measuring device which has a very high factor which limits the uncertainty. The research institute is searching for licensees.

Hungarian producer of detergents and cleaners is looking for distributors from the European countries

COMMERCIAL PROFILE / HUNGARY / BOHU20201006001
The Hungarian company specialized in the production of detergents and cleaners, such as washing gel, washing soda, washing nuts., production of cleaning and disinfecting products as paving stone cleaner, oil stain cleaner, artificial stone cleaner, yacht cleaner is looking for mainly European partners to establish distribution service agreement.

Italian alkaline vegan natural products/ methods provider to optimise health, beauty and regeneration of the body seeks distributors

COMMERCIAL PROFILE / ITALY / BOIT20200909001
The company was founded in 2015 and is based in South Tyrol in Italy but its activity takes place internationally. It offers alkaline, vegan certified products and methods to enhance health, beauty and regeneration of the body. Due to expansion the company is looking for trade partners via a distribution service agreement to offer products on external markets, especially in Germany, Austria, Great Britain, France, Sweden, Russia and USA.

Alternative packaging supplier sought for olive oil bottles sent through e-commerce channels

COMMERCIAL PROFILE / ITALY / BRIT20201020001
An Italian company, olive oil producer, is interested in getting in touch with producers of paper or other packaging solutions that could be applied to olive oil e-commerce expeditions. The Italian company is interested in commercial agreements and especially in existing solutions that company does not know yet but could be applicable to the specific case: paper packaging provided in small quantities or alternative packaging solutions through supplier agreement.

Smart Waste Bin

TECHNOLOGY PROFILE / ITALY / TOIT20201016001
An innovative spin-off coming from an engineering SME based in Italy has developed a waste management solution, enhancing cleaner cities and money saving for citizens, able to quantify waste and to measure waste bins levels. The smart lock can be opened by authorized people as the product is managed through a user friendly management software which can be integrated into third systems. The start-up is interested in commercial deals with technical assistance with firms managing waste.

Kosovar manufacturer specialized in the production of food and beverage products is looking for distributors

COMMERCIAL PROFILE / KOSOVO / BOXK20201007001
Kosovar company specialized in producing healthy and nutritious food and drinks made of premium class fruits and vegetables is looking for partners under a distribution services agreement.

A Lithuanian company specialized in the production, repairs and testing of marine/industrial piping is looking for partners for manufacturing or subcontracting agreement.

COMMERCIAL PROFILE / LITHUANIA / BOLT20190925001
A Lithuanian company designing and manufacturing piping systems for marine onshore, offshore projects. Moreover, the company is involved in oil and gas sector, chemical, water depuration, gas separation. The company is offering their servies under manufacturing and subcontracting agreement.

Lithuanian producer of frozen vegan and gluten free desserts is looking for food service distributors and healthy food online shops.

COMMERCIAL PROFILE / LITHUANIA / BOLT20190117001
The Lithuanian producer specializes in healthy vegan, gluten, and soy-free desserts. The company was launched in 2015 and focuses only on creating innovative free-from desserts. The assortment offers a wide range of cakes, tarts, and snacks that may come in various forms, sizes, and packaging. The possible cooperation is under the distribution agreement.

A Moldovan farm that has been specialized in high-quality organic rosehip products looks for distributors under a distribution services agreement.

COMMERCIAL PROFILE / MOLDOVA / BOMD20201001001
A Moldovan farm that has been specialized in high-quality organic rosehip products with high-concentration of vitamine C looks for distributors under a distribution services agreement. The activity of the farm is the cultivation of organic rosehip species and their processing.

Dutch designer of women’s vegan leather goods is looking for manufacturers or suppliers of plant leathers.

COMMERCIAL PROFILE / NETHERLANDS / BRNL20200710001
The Dutch designer started in 2019 and has created a high-end brand with timeless women’s belts, bags, laptop cases, wallets and accessories. The strategic aim is to use only vegan leather materials from plants and therefore the SME is looking for a cooperation with manufactures or suppliers of plant leathers. The SME offers a manufacturing or supplier agreement.

A Polish producer of sleepwear and loungewear is offering their products under distribution services agreement

COMMERCIAL PROFILE / POLAND / BOPL20200929001
A Polish company deals with the production, designing and sale of the luxury sleepwear and loungewear is looking for partners under distribution services agreement.

Russian producer of honey and sweets is looking for distributors

COMMERCIAL PROFILE / RUSSIA / BORU20201022003
The Russian company from the Sverdlovsk region specializes in the wholesale and retail sale of organic food (honey, honey-based products, wholesome sweets). The company is ready to conclude a distribution services agreement.

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