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Anderson calls for EU 'Collaborate to Innovate' event for Derry

8 May, 2012 - by Maeve McLaughlin

 Sinn Féin Junior Minister, Martina Anderson MLA has called on 'InterTradeIreland' to bring the EU 'Collaborate to Innovate' project event to Derry.

Martina Anderson said:

"The 'Collaborate to Innovate' project is designed to promote EU funding opportunities for collaborative innovation research available for SME's, academics and interested organisations across the Island. These events are organised by InterTradeIreland in conjunction with the European Commission Office as part of the European Research & Innovation Funding for SME programmes.

"The first of these events was held in Dublin in November of last year and a follow up event is to take place in Belfast on the 7th June. The event will give an overview of EU programmes accessible by SME's such as the new mechanisms of the EU Horizon 2020 programme. It will also provide 'opportunities for focused networking in an interactive and dynamic environment'.

"These events provide SME's opportunities to collaborate with potential partners from across the island and the EU to promote innovative business ideas and projects.

"I will be in contact with both InterTradeIreland and the European Commission Office to urge them to bring this information to Derry to facilitate SME's from Derry and Donegal."

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