What we do
Ibec works with member organisations to ensure that the appropriate support and structures are in place to promote innovation, enterprise and R&D in Ireland. Ibec interacts with key stakeholders such as the Department of Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation, the Department of Education and Skills, Enterpise Ireland, IDA and the European Commission.
How we develop policy
The Ibec innovation, science and technology committee brings together the representatives of a range of business sectors and academia to discuss and influence national innovation policy. Current areas of focus include the development of the a new national strategy for science, technology and innovation; ensuring that the required support mechanisms are in place to enhance R&D activity; promoting entrepreneurship; and improving industry links with Higher Education Institutions, including IP commercialisation and knowledge transfer.
The objective of the Ibec innovation, science and technology committee is to:
- Provide leadership and a collective voice to Irish business in relation to innovation, science and technology policy;
- Identify the key issues that are impacting and will continue to impact on business from an innovation, skills and technology perspective;
- Promote the development of a strong, internationally competitive innovation system;
- Develop thinking in relation to these issues and inform a programme of work that will begin to address them;
- Engage with key stakeholders from relevant agencies and government departments to advance the business view and to support business R&D activity;
- Identify and promote the business opportunities presented by innovation, science and technology .