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The Business of Bioeconomy Research gets a boost

EC funded CommBeBiz to support effective application of research

Teagasc is one of four partners from the UK, Ireland and Belgium that have won their bid to provide tailored and expert support to EC funded bioeconomy research projects to enable more effective and speedier transfer of knowledge to the marketplace and to policy-makers.

The new project CommBeBiz – Bridging Bioeconomy Research to Business is funded by the European Commission under the call for developing an Innovative, Sustainable and Inclusive Bioeconomy.

Rhonda Smith, Co-ordinator of CommBeBiz, Director of partner Minerva Communciations UK, says: “CommBeBiz will provide the opportunity to EC-funded Bioeconomy projects to access the expertise and contacts that will inspire research projects to create not only new business ideas, products and services, but also new ways of thinking and action to address societal challenges such as the ageing population and climate change.”

Declan Troy, Director of the Technology Transfer Office in Teagasc says “Involvement with CommBeBiz will complement the work of the Technology Transfer Office within Teagasc and build on the industry-focused Gateways events we have held in recent years”.

Through the creation of the CommBeBiz network and five specialist Bioeconomy clusters (Food, Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, and Biotechnology), the project will facilitate the exchange of ideas and transfer of knowledge and expertise between researchers, start-ups, SMEs, accelerator programmes, investors, policy makers, social entrepreneurs and media.

Bioeconomy research projects are at many stages of development with regard to innovation, exploitation and sustainability. CommBeBiz caters for all stages and Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) [see Note 2 below] through its planned programme of opportunities – CommBeBizReady, CommBeBizSteady, and CommBeBizGo. The online platform, virtual market place, networking opportunities, specialist training, project and cluster meetings, business and innovation intelligence and targeted coaching will be available to projects at whatever stage of development. 15 projects a year across all sectors of the Bioeconomy with identified potential will be selected to access the BeBizGo Awards for specific and tailored support.

The partners in CommBeBiz are Minerva UK, experts in strategic communication and training, Teagasc the agriculture and food development authority, Pracsis Belgian-based experts in campaigns and economics, and the European Business Innovation Centre and Network (EBN), based in Brussels with access to the expertise and resource of 150+ Business Innovation Centres across Europe. CommBeBiz is a three year project running from March 2015.

The first point of access for EC Bioeconomy funded projects is to join the CommBeBiz network by emailing info@commbebiz.eu stating they wish to join. The CommBeBiz website will be fully launched in June 2015.