The new partnership will see Power NI, Northern Ireland’s leading energy company, engage with the Connect ecosystem over the course of its membership, as well as offering its team the perfect opportunity to stimulate innovation within the energy sector.
Working across the range of Connect programmes including Springboard, Frameworks and Generation Innovation, the Power NI team will collaborate and engage with entrepreneurs who are the leading lights in the innovation sector in Northern Ireland, and then use these insights to empower their own organisation.
Catalyst Inc is a not-for-profit organisation that provides agile work space, across four locations, and through Connect provides a series of programmes for the most innovative entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland. In 2018, more than 800 NI entrepreneurs were involved in the programmes which focus on helping innovative businesses of all stages to soar to success; from the very early stages of developing an idea through to scaling their business globally.
Jenny Livingstone from Power NI said, “The energy industry is fast changing with de-centralisation, energy storage and electric vehicles to name but a few of the current trends. Power NI is pleased to be working with Catalyst Inc to support innovation in Northern Ireland’s energy landscape.”
Director of Connect, Steve Orr is relishing the opportunity of working with Power NI as a Platinum member company.
He said, “The talent and ambition of entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland has the power to change the world. We’re here to make that happen by providing the opportunity for our most experienced business people to volunteer their time and to share their experiences, contacts and collective intelligence to give NI’s innovators an advantage. We are proud to have Power NI as a Platinum member company, working with us to support our entrepreneurs and helping us to achieve our vision for Northern Ireland to have one of the most entrepreneurial economies in Europe by 2030.”