Cork City Council together with the Cork Smart Gateway initiative launched the €70,000 Small Business Research and Innovation (SBIR) Challenge with Enterprise Ireland back in 2018.
This seed fund challenge invited applicants to deliver innovative ways to prevent and mitigate against instances of graffiti across Cork City.
Through the challenge call, Cork City Council searched for low-cost innovative solutions, which enhance the cleanliness of the public realm and specifically address the challenges associated with graffiti, while contributing towards Cork’s ambition as a smart city.
Solutions sought should decrease the incidence and reoccurrence of graffiti tagging in Cork City and reduce the time and cost associated with removing graffiti from all types of building surfaces.
Executive Director, Global Business Development, Enterprise Ireland, Kevin Sherry said:
Enterprise Ireland is delighted to collaborate with Cork City Council as part of the SBIR Ireland initiative. While relatively new to Ireland, SBIR is a proven mechanism to develop partnerships between SMEs and public bodies to develop innovative solutions that address specific public needs and challenges. This particular challenge aims to harness the ingenuity of innovative companies in the prevention and mitigation of graffiti. Solutions arising from this challenge will ultimately result in positive benefits for societies, not just in Ireland, but around the globe.