Queen’s Management School, QUB
Riddel Hall,
185 Stranmillis Rd,
BT9 5EE.

October 22, 2015 17:00 - October 22, 2015 19:00

Entrepreneurial businesses can play a key role in stimulating innovation in a region. Many of these firms will be micro-enterprises with less than 10 employees. Northern Ireland currently leads other UK regions in terms the intelligence available on innovation in micro-enterprises. This workshop aims to share key insights from this research and stimulate dialogue on the options for effectively supporting innovation in micro-enterprises.
Presentations will highlight the key features of innovation in micro-enterprises in Northern Ireland, consider the role of such firms in stimulating new to the market innovation, and profile existing support mechanisms for these firms. This workshop is jointly organised by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, the Enterprise Research Centre and Queen’s Management School.


Nola Hewitt-Dundas

Professor, Queen's University Belfast

Nola is Pro-Vice Chancellor and Professor of Innovation Management and Policy at Queen’s University Belfast and an ESRC-Innovate UK Innovation Caucus Thought Leader. Her research interests include the dynamics of innovation ecosystems, business innovation, technology transfer and networks with an emphasis on small and medium enterprises, business strategy and technology adoption. She has led and contributed to a wide range of public sector projects for national and international organisations.

Stephen Roper

Director - ERC

Stephen Roper is Professor of Enterprise at Warwick Business School, Director of the Enterprise Research Centre - ERC (www.enterpriseresearch.ac.uk) and Co-Director of the National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise (NICRE)

Ciaran McGarrity

Head of Innovation Policy, DETI

Ciaran is Responsibe for developing NI Executive innovation policy. Incuding Smart Specialisation , Horizon 2020 , Open Innovation and Public Sector Innovation.
He also led in the development of the NI Innovation Strategy , NIU Horizon 2020 Stratgey and the NI Smart Specialisaton Framweork .

Alan McClelland

Lead statistician , DETI

Alan is the lead statistician within DETI and is responsible for a group of analysts in taking forward a range of in-house research and statistical projects.
Recent DETI analytical work has covered a diverse range of issues including: businesses in receipt of Selective Financial Assistance; business high growth; access to finance; micro-business innovation; financial capability; exports; and energy generation and consumption.