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Design Thinking Masterclass from the IRDG

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What is, What if, What wows, What works?

Brendan Lawlor is delighted to be participating in the IRDG Design Thinking Masterclass being organised in association with NUI Maynooth.(Facilitators included  Trevor Vaugh, Frank Devitt,  Dr Peter Robbins)

Yesterday was a very enjoyable, challenging and informative first day at Finnstown Castle.

Several very useful tools and techniques such as Journey Mapping, Empathy Mapping, Reframing and Brainstorming were used to tackle a number of classic ‘ wicked’ problems. Brendan will keep you all posted on his progress throughout the programme.


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Design Thinking

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Brendan has recently completed the University of Virginia Darden Business School Design Thinking for Innovation programme. Design thinking is a method for practical, creative resolution of problems. Its use in research and innovation has been growing in recent years as companies and organisations look to understand their customers wants and needs better. In the coming months Innovation 21 will be exploring how we can use Design Thinking to help smaller companies and non commercial organisations become more innovative, and identify and solve many of the ‘ Wicked Problems’ that they face every day in our fast changing world. Please get in touch for further details


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Ireland’s bid for the EMA submitted

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As Ireland submits its bid for the relocation of the European Medicines Agency from London post-Brexit, the minister for Health, Simon Harris says Dublin the perfect fit for the agency – why not view the bid  documentation/video yourself.

http://www.emadublin.ie/

A decision is due on the location for the relocated agency by late 2017

 


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IRDG Financing and Driving Innovation Seminar

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Brendan Lawlor and Elaine Harris attended last weeks IRDG ‘Financing and Driving Innovation’ Seminar held at the Crowne Plaza, Blanchardstown. We will prepare a briefing soon on the proposed changes to the Enterprise Ireland company R and D Fund scheme, as outlined by Gearoid Mooney.


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Revenue issue new guidelines for SME’s claiming R and D Tax Credits (Revenue E Brief from 17/2/2017)

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R&D tax credit claims in respect of projects supported by Enterprise Ireland R&D grants

The definitions of R&D (Research and Development) used for the purposes of the R&D tax credit and both the IDA’s and Enterprise Ireland’s R&D grants are all based on the OECD’s Frascati manual.

Therefore, with a view to minimising the need to engage experts to verify the science test in R&D tax credit claims, it has been decided that Revenue would not, as a rule, seek to challenge a claim for the R&D tax credit under the science test, where:

  • an IDA / Enterprise Ireland R&D grant has been approved in respect of the project;
  • the R&D tax credit claimed for an accounting period (of not less than 12 months) is €50,000 or less;
  • the project is undertaken in a prescribed field of science or technology, as defined in regulations S.I. No. 434 of 2004, and
  • the company is a micro or small sized enterprise.

Full detail click HERE


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