Leveraging the Innovation Ecosystem for business advantage: a cross-border study

This report portrays an all-island innovation ecosystem that has all the constituent parts – innovation support agencies, financial services organisations, business service organisations, etc. - required to enable an innovation led economy albeit with different degrees of effectiveness. The innovation ecosystem envisaged by InterTradeIreland will provide for better use of existing resources by putting the firm at the centre of the process. Clearly more has to be done to improve connectivity between the firm, particularly the SME and the other agents in the ecosystem, but there is also a need identified by the report to address clear deficiencies within firms’ culture and capability to manage the innovation process to best advantage.