Project Title:        iOTA (Innovation, Opportunity, Training & Advice)

Project Partners: Local authorities of Ards, Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon, Down, Louth, Monaghan, Newry & Mourne and North Down.   

Project Budget:     £854,314.00

Project Aim:   The aim of the Partnership is to implement a Regional Cross Border Innovation Strategy to meet the different needs and capacities of individuals and SMEs in the region to encourage and support their progression along an innovation spectrum.

This strategy comprises a series of structured and inter-connected initiatives and activities to deliver 2 distinct innovation Strands namely:

Strand A   Innovation Awareness Raising and Pre-Incubation Support

Strand B   Innovation Awareness Raising and Support to Existing SMEs

The aim of the iOTA Programme is to have implemented by May 2015 a Regional Cross Border Innovation Strategy which will target 360 SMEs, micro-enterprises and individuals to enhance their innovative capacity and thus contribute to the competitiveness of the East Border Region.

Its goal will be to positively impact on those individuals, SMEs and micro-enterprises by a combination of appropriate assistance under the East Border Region iOTA Programme (estimated at 286 cases, made up of 110 new businesses assisted to come into existence under Strand A and 176 existing businesses assisted to overcome defined innovation challenges under Strand B).  A further 74 businesses will be referred to Enterprise Ireland, Invest NI, InterTradeIreland or other suitable support programmes.

For Further Information on this project please contact:

Mrs Aveen McVeigh

Project Co-ordinator

Tel: 028 3025 2684





  • Monaghan
  • LCC
  • MCC
  • Newry, Mourne and Down District Council
  • Ards and North Down Borough Council
  • Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council