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Natural Future of Cosmetics- NACO

The NACO project aims to support rurally based cosmetics companies predominantly in the Kerry region whose products utilise natural extracts. This initiative is intended to drive industry engagement and network development and deliver training events. The project is a collaboration with the University of Oulu in Finland and is funded by the North, East and West Kerry Development (NEWKD) LEADER Rural Development Program.

Would you like to find out more about funding opportunities for the research and development of your cosmetic products? Our next Natural Future of Cosmetics (NACO) event, R&D Funding Opportunities for Cosmetic SME’s, is on Thursday 3rd February 2022, 11am to 12.30pm. For registration, please click here.

We are looking forward to welcoming speakers from Enterprise Ireland and Kerry Local Enterprise Office who will outline supports that they can provide for Cosmetics SMEs. Enterprise Ireland funded Technology Gateways will also present on their knowledge and experience of funding options for Irish SMEs and give case studies of projects completed with cosmetics companies in Ireland.

Speakers will include:

  • Mark Whelan – Enterprise Ireland
  • Tomás Hayes – Kerry Local Enterprise Office

Case studies will be presented by Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways:

  • Centre for Advanced Photonics & Process Analysis (CAPPA), MTU
  • The Design+ Technology Gateway, Institute of Technology Carlow
  • Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre, MTU and TUS

Shannon ABC has worked with SMEs based in the cosmetics sector for 10 years, assisting them with product development, ingredient selection and screening, access to funding and strategic development. As a Technology Gateway, we are aware of the cosmetics ecosystem and challenges that cosmetics companies face, in particular small companies who base their products on natural extracts. We will use our cosmetic sector expertise alongside our track record of working with companies, to identify and address the industrial needs of rurally based cosmetic companies in both Ireland and Finland. 

It can be challenging for small companies to have expertise at all stages of the cosmetic development process; therefore the delivery of the NACO project by Shannon ABC will help SMEs to navigate and access the support that they require at all stages of the process.

The NACO project will offer cosmetics companies the opportunity to take part in networking events, training programs and innovation support activities. Events will focus on areas such as research and development, funding opportunities, formulation and regulation. Companies will also be offered the opportunity to access facilities and expertise in the University of Oulu, in addition to the available expertise in Shannon ABC in MTU Kerry, which includes cell culture and efficacy testing.

NACO Project Team:
Project Lead: Dr Niall Burke
Network and Innovation Support Officer: Dr Aoife Curran
Project Advisor: Dr Joanna Tierney

For more information on the NACO project, please contact Dr Aoife Curran at aoife.curran@mtu.ie

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