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The RDC Certified Business and Innovation Coaches assist companies reach the next stages of their development, either as start-up support for early stage new ventures or where supporting innovation, diversification or expansion in an established business is required. The RDC provide expert guidance from a team of professionals with significant experience in both the private sector and the enterprise support space and can leverage the vast expertise across a wide range of research disciplines at the institute.

Direct Business Consultancy Services include:

  • coaching and mentoring
  • creativity and idea generation workshops
  • idea feasibility
  • pre-incubation workshops
  • business model development
  • business plan preparation and guidance
  • strategic planning
  • technology road mapping
  • intellectual property advice
  • linking to applied research and technology transfer opportunities
  • pitching and developing a pitch deck
  • seeking finance and fundraising (grants and private)
  • facilitation/chairing management meetings

Non-RDC clients can avail of these services on a fee paying basis or through third party enterprise support agencies.

Certified Business and Innovation Coaching
The RDC are first in the UK and Ireland to be accredited coaches in the So what? who cares? why you?® methodology


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So what? who cares? why you?® is a proven, systematic methodology to find the business value that lives inside innovation.  The methodology provides a practical hands-on set of toolsets and frameworks to help researchers, scientists, start-up entrepreneurs and existing businesses discover and communicate the business value of their innovations. Based on more than 20 years of academic and entrepreneurial expertise, the methodology is in used by researchers, scientists, entrepreneurs and organisations across 17 countries including being utilised as a proposal assessment tool by the European Space Agency.
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