Jim Fitzsimons – MD, Riverwest Management

  • Speaker Bio:

    Jim Fitzsimons is Immediate Past President of the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors, the representative body for the consultancy sector in Ireland. Jim set up and is Lead Partner in Riverwest Management, a company focussed entirely on funding for Innovation and growth. He has also worked as a Consultant for Intertrade Ireland’s Innovation programmes for 12 years. In that time has been put together hundreds of Fusion projects across the island between SME’s and Third Level Colleges. Mostly he has worked partnering companies in Ireland with colleges in Northern  Ireland. Prior to that he worked in written and broadcast journalism, and held research, technical, marketing, sales and general management roles in food and agribusiness firms in Ireland, UK and all over the World. For over 2 decades, he has worked primarily in enabling SME’s to do funded research in universities and colleges across the Island and mentors many companies with the Fusion, Challenge, Elevate and Acumen Programs of InterTradeIreland. He develops funding proposals for firms in the start-up, bio-tech, food, regional development and energy sectors in the UK and Ireland.  He has degrees in Agriculture and Animal Science from UCD and is a Certified Management Consultant. He has helped Irish and overseas companies to access funds for research and expansion from many funding bodies in Ireland an overseas.

    Presentation Title:

    Funding for Research and Innovation.

    Presentation Synopsis:

    Jim has helped Irish and overseas companies to access funds for research and expansion from Enterprise Ireland, IDA, InvestNI, Innovate UK and Horizon 2020. He also acts as an application assessor for a number of these bodies. In this presentation he will outline a large number of innovation funding programmes available to manufacturing and service companies in Ireland. He will give a brief practical tour of the processes involved in application, likelihood of success in each and share his ideas on how best to proceed whether you are a start-up, SME or large company. He will also give some guidance notes on what assessors are looking for in the various funding programmes