BioDirect

BioDirect: Launch of the All-island Biobased Product Innovation Challenge

Open innovation is key to unlocking circular and bioeconomy opportunities and accelerate solutions to core challenges industries are dealing with on all-Island basis.

BioDirect, an All-Island initiative, funded by InterTradeIreland’s Synergy Programme aims to accelerate the adoption of circular bio-based products and technologies across the Agriculture, Construction, Packaging and Textiles sectors and foster cross-border collaboration. The project is led by Circular Bioeconomy Cluster along with our partners Ulster University, Irish Nutrient Sustainability Platform at Queen’s University, ATIM Cluster and AgriTech Ireland Cluster.

Our goals are to accelerate the pace of innovation through a curated challenge and networking process.

  • Roundtables: Connecting the sectoral All-Island ecosystem to discuss common challenges and network.
  • Challenges: Connecting industry with solution providers to solve core challenges.
  • Final Event: Connecting the All-Island ecosystem to learn about solutions and enable cross sectoral discussions and collaboration.

Earlier this year, we worked with our partners and engaged with 77 companies and 30 public sector stakeholders across the island to discuss and identify key challenges in Agriculture, Construction, Packaging and Textiles sectors, that require circular and bio-based solutions to help reach broader sustainability and climate targets. More information about the roundtables in our blog.

10 Challenges across the four sectors, will be launched this June. The challenges are open to the innovation community (start-ups, SMEs, researchers) to share their solutions, whether that be products or technologies.

In the section below, each challenge will detail the level of requirement, such as Technology Readiness Level.

The Process

The BioDirect Process
The BioDirect Process

What will you get if your solution is selected?

  • 1:1 discussion with the challenge owner
  • 1:1 session with experts to identify collaborative funding opportunities
  • Mentorship to realise your solution
  • Opportunity to be selected to speak at the All-Island BioDirect Summit
  • Opportunity to display your company / institute at the All-Island BioDirect Summit (Sept 4th in Belfast).
  • Option to become a member of a relevant network/cluster in your region

Key Dates

  • June 28th – Launch of Challenges
  • August 5th – Deadline for Submission
  • August 6th-15th – Jury Deliberation
  • August 16th – Notification of selection for showcase
  • Sept 4th – All-Island BioDirect Summit in Belfast

I have a solution; how can I respond?

  • Click on the challenge most relevant to you below and review the challenge in detail
  • Press the button, respond to the challenge and fill out the form
  • You will receive a confirmation e-mail acknowledging your submission

The Jury Panel

Construction

Karl Crowley

Karl Crowley

Innovation Partnerships Manager
Kingspan

Mandi Stewart

Mandi Stewart

High Performance Building Alliance
CEO & Advisor

Collete van Jaarsveld

Colette van Jaarsveld

Arcology System
CEO

Mark Kelly

Mark Kelly

Head of ATU Galway-Mayo Centre for Sustainability
Atlantic Technological University

Robbie Quinn

Robbie Quinn

Operations Manager
Helix Innovation

Damien McConville

Damien McConville

Innovation Partnerships Manager Intertrade Ireland

Agriculture

Kieran O'Donoghue

Kieran O'Donoghue

Cluster Manager
AgriTech Ireland Cluster

Stephane Durand

Stephane Durand

Director Agri-Food Quest Competence Centre
Queen’s University Belfast

John Durkan

John Durkan

Environment and Sustainability Manager
ABP Food Group

Shane Kennedy

Shane Kennedy

Resource Efficiency Manager
ABP Food Group

John UFU

John McLenaghan

Deputy President
Ulster Farmers Union

Robbie Quinn

Robbie Quinn

Operations Manager
Helix Innovation

Damien McConville

Damien McConville

Innovation Partnerships Manager Intertrade Ireland

Packaging

Caitriona Mordan

Catriona Mordan

Cluster Manager
ATIM Cluster

Peter Mooney

Peter Mooney

Innovation at Dawn
Dawn Meats / Dunbia

Robbie Quinn

Robbie Quinn

Operations Manager
Helix Innovation

Damien McConville

Damien McConville

Innovation Partnerships Manager Intertrade Ireland

Textiles

Alison Gault

Alison Gault

Senior Lecturer Textiles
Ulster University

Judith Neilly

Judith Neilly

Managing Director
Ferguson’s Linen

Chris Weiniger

Chris Weiniger

General Manager
Donegal Yarns

Robbie Quinn

Robbie Quinn

Operations Manager
Helix Innovation

Dermot McGilloway

Dermot McGilloway

National Retail Development Manger
Saint Vincent de Paul

Damien McConville

Damien McConville

Innovation Partnerships Manager Intertrade Ireland