Project information

Index: 1019R4
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Location IRELAND IRELAND Kilkenny Southern and Eastern Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2012
End: On going

Topic of the practice

Access to innovation design and financial assistance to SMEs

Good Practice Information

FUSE is a series of experimental projects developed by the Crafts Council of Ireland to develop the design and innovation capabilities of the crafts sector. The project has a number of elements that address
product innovation and process innovation and explores the potential to access new markets. FUSE Innovation and Design Event, Design Week 2012-The concept was to pair craftspeople and the
products they make with designers. FUSE Design Challenge-The objective of the workshop is to enable small groups of Designers and Craftspeople to work together in response to commercial briefs. FUSE Facilities Support Funding-A fund and mentoring programme to support existing craft facilities to develop strategic plans, establish financial independence and work toward future growth.Funding:€20,000

Evidence of success

FUSE - Innovation and Design Event, Design Week 2012 - a total of 26 crafts people and 13 designers engaged in collaboration. 2 teams have continued their collaboration with designers- Design Challenge: 6 inter-disciplinary teams participated. 4 teams went on to fully develop products.- Facilities Fund: 4 organisations received funding. These organisations support over 42 craft enterprises

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Louise Allen

The Crafts Council of Ireland



Annex completed on: 07-24-2014

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