The Collaborate to Innovate Project

collaborate to innovateDo you want to reduce your organisation's costs without compromising its effectiveness? Have you considered working with other organisations to achieve a shared objective?

The Wheel has launched  Collaborate to Innovate, a unique programme developed to help organisations working in the community, voluntary and charity sector to explore joint working arrangements and mergers. The project involves a series of free half day seminars  to introduce the concept of collaborative working. It will also provide a number organisations with specific consulting supports over a four-month timeframe to bring joint projects to life.

The Collaborate to Innovate  Programme is funded by the Vodafone Ireland Foundation, and The Wheel is delivering the programme in association with Prospectus Strategy Consultants.

Have you ever considered collaborative working?

Phase 1 - Introductory Seminars

The first stage of the project is four free half day seminars to be held in Dublin, Cork and Galway, to introduce the concept of collaborative working.

The seminars will give an overview of:

  •  joint ventures,
  •  mergers,
  •  some success stories
  •  and some of the pitfalls to be avoided.

This is your opportunity to asses if collaborative working is suitable for your organisation. You will also find out how your organisation can participate in the second phase of the programme.

Seminars will be held on:

These seminars are free, but you need to reserve your place.

Phase 2 - Applying for The Collaborative Working Programme

On attending a seminar, organisations will learn how to apply to take part in this free joint working programme.  Interested parties can submit an application in one of two ways:

  • Existing or planned collaborative initiative application: organisations interested in working with a known partner and where they have already begun to look at working with that partner;
  • Individual application: organisations that do not have an existing partner, but are keen to learn more about the joint working process.

Click here to apply

Tailored Consulting Supports

Following an assessment of the applications, a small number of successful applicants will typically receive a range of free supports from Prospectus, including:

  • An initial half-day session at which 2-3 board members, the CEO and senior management teams will  explore their joint venture/merger proposition and develop a joint work-plan with their partner. For organisations without a partner, the team will develop a realistic sense of what is achievable and of what they need to do to make a successful joint venture a reality.
  • At a second half-day session the group will look at a draft joint work-plan and critically analyse it to ensure it is feasible and will deliver on the working together objectives.
  • Each organisation will also receive five hours of ongoing one-to-one coaching through the implementation of the agreed joint work-plan.
  • A final half-day review meeting at the end of the project will examine progress and challenges.

Final Outputs

The final output from the process will be the publication of a new good practice guide to joint working (with case studies and learnings drawn from the projects).  This document will be a valueable resource for other organisations considering collaborations and mergers.


If you've any questions, please contact us.


This project is supported by:

 The Vodafone Ireland Foundation

Prospectus Strategy Consultants