Learning and Innovation Centre (LINC)
The LINC is a hub of innovation, located in the heart of the Dublin Enterprise Zone. It is situated on the campus of the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown.
Our close proximity with Dublin city centre, Dublin Airport and both the M50 and M3, coupled with our location within a busy industrial setting, makes the LINC the ideal location for growing a start-up business. It also allows companies to engage with the academic expertise of the college.
The LINC provides physical and business training supports for high-tech, knowledge-intensive startups. Companies engaging with the centre can also avail of the Create Learn Grow programme which provides mentoring and support services.
What does the LINC offer?
17 offices (suitable for 2 – 16 people), a hot-desk area for up to 12 people, training rooms, meeting rooms, ICT rooms, lecture hall, a café and a gym.
Access to academic expertise in numerous research groups at ITB. Private or public funding available though agencies such as Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, IRCSET & IRCHSS.
Business support: mentoring and advice, industry seminars to support innovation, networking events and provision of group schemes.
A cohort of students for projects or placements, and graduates for recruitment.
The LINC team
The New Frontiers Programme Manager at IT Blanchardstown is Claire Mac Namee. She has been Enterprise Manager at the Learning and Innovation Centre (The LINC) at ITB for the past eight years. Having worked with hundreds of start-ups over this time, she has seen the good, the bad and the ugly of business startup. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Internet Marketing, a Post Graduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship and a Masters in Management from Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business at University College Dublin.
Claire Mac Namee
New Frontiers Enterprise Manager
01 885 1502
Incubation Centre Manager
01 885 1186
The mentors and programme co-ordinators went above and beyond in putting me on the path to success and the camaraderie amongst the participants was inspiring, supportive and motivating. I would highly recommend the program to any entrepreneur.
Orla Reynolds, Orla Reynolds Design
The programme afforded me the time to work on my business and introduced me to a number of like-minded people, widening both my knowledge base, resources and network. I found it invaluable in assisting me to take a much needed strategic step back.
Alison Mc Intosh, Ali Mac Skincare
The New Frontiers programme and mentors were extremely helpful in guiding the startup of our new business. With their support, we have developed a strong business model and have successfully secured seed funding to bring our product to market.
Christopher Gregan, Fungus
Some of our previous participants
The latest news from the LINC
Still not ready to apply? We have some useful links that might help:
- the IT Blanchardstown website
- more information about the New Frontiers programme
- see our Frequently Asked Questions
- check out our 10 tips for entrepreneurs thinking of applying to New Frontiers