ontinuing with its series of interregional learning workshops to identify EU good practices, partners and stakeholders from business support ecosystems in Italy, Hungary, Ireland, Slovenia and Spain recently met in Galway, Ireland for a two day exchange event. The event was hosted by WestBIC and took place on 18th and 19th October within the TRINNO project – “Business ecosystems for Tradition and Innovation”.

Participants visited several hubs of the Galway business ecosystem, including the new PorterShed co-working space, University of Galway and Galway Technology Centre in Mervue Business Park. They learned about the policy context, the new Innovation District proposal for Galway city and the potential for innovation in traditional sectors in Galway as European Capital of Culture 2020.

Along with a focus on the local Galway business support ecosystem, participants also learned from examples of the City of Vic (Spain), University of Plymouth (United Kingdom), Malopolska Centre of Entrepreneurship (Poland) and a new Accelerator Proposal from SEBIC for the South East region of Ireland. These presented their cases of business and innovation support initiatives in various stages of company development: from stand-up to mature companies.