Published: 26 Sep 2017

Co-develop an idea with Creative Steps 2.0

Creative Steps 2.0 is an innovation programme funded by a creative momentum project.


Co-develop an idea

The programme brings together two creative enterprises from different countries who are interested in co-developing a new product/project idea.  These enterprises are assigned a multidisciplinary team of students, who will work on developing the new product/project idea during a structured workshop process, guided by FABLAB Manorhamiton experts. After the Creative Steps 2.0 process ends, the two businesses should have a well-formed idea that they can further co-develop in the future.

Creative Steps in the west of Ireland is focused on innovation that supports sustainable development.  There will be four enterprise/student teams involved in the programme at the same time. It will run over a six week period from early October to mid November 2017.  Business participation is online.

a creative momentum project is now seeking applications from creative enterprises based in our other partner regions to be matched with one of the following west of Ireland companies:

Nádhúra Design

Nádhúra is a design-led, environmentally conscious company based in Galway, Ireland.  Its design practice provides both products and services with an emphasis on sustainability, customisation, quality, innovation and the integration of emerging technologies. Nádhúra has a number of interesting ideas it would like to co-develop.

The Secret Life of Plastic

An upcycling enterprise which started in 2015, the Secret Life of Plastic invites you to rethink your plastic waste. The company’s founder Oonagh Herbert creates a range of pieces including flowers, lamps, jewellery and individual commissions. It also aims to raise awareness of ideas within the circular economy and give renewed value to plastic. Oonagh has a number of ideas she would like to co-develop, including more broadly exploring new designs from plastic waste.

Mella O’Brolchain Design

A web and graphic design agency, Mella O’Brolchain has been working for some time developing and creating campaigns around waste and recycling, such as with the Eastern Midlands Waste Region.  Mella also gives workshops on upcycling. Mella O’Brolchain Design would like to work with an app, games or web developer to develop a new project.


LX-upcycle is a fashion accessories upcycling business re-purposing outdoor sports gear into bags, wallets, laptop cases and many other products.  It also has a mission to spread awareness about the benefits of circular economy, environmental design, conscious consumerism, slow fashion and sustainable living. Founder Veronika Kisela has a number of ideas she would like to co-develop, including more broadly exploring new designs from re-purposed materials.

The selected companies will participate online at key points during the Creative Steps 2.0 process,  which are at the initial stage to define the task and at the end, when the student team presents the final idea.

To apply

  • Complete the short online application form available here  (A Word version of this form is available in the ‘Downloads’ section of this page to allow you to preview questions. Applications must be submitted using the online form)
  • The deadline for applications is: 12pm, Tuesday October 3rd 2017. DEADLINE NOW EXTENDED UNTIL MIDNIGHT ON WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 4TH 2017.

Shortly after the deadline we will assess applications. We will select the successful matches and notify you of the outcome.

For more information contact: aisling.murtagh@nuigalway.ie


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