The European Business and Innovation Centres (BICs) are regionally and locally based organisations involved in identification, selection and specialist support for new and existing enterprises. BICs typically operate as public-private partnerships, combining both Government funding via Enterprise Ireland and private cash or kind contributions. In Ireland, Exchequer support is provided by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation under the NDP Productive Sector Operational Programme 2007 – 2013, and it is managed by Enterprise Ireland. BICs concentrate on supporting new innovative businesses, which have high growth potential and which can contribute to economic development in their areas.
Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. We work in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales on global markets. In this way, we support sustainable economic growth, regional development and secure employment.