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?
A lively and supportive environment for innovation-based startup and scaling companies. Space for 15 companies and 15 pre-startup entrepreneurs, the atmosphere and activities are focused on supporting new enterprises. We offer a range of facilities, seminars and programmes to support your venture, as well as access to a range of relevant knowledge.
Facilities include a boardroom, training room, meeting room, ideas lab, research room, research labs, onsite cafe and pay & display parking. Clients also have access to support and mentoring through the Create, Learn, Grow™ business support programme.
Access academic research in informatics, engineering, humanities and business – post-graduate, industry and applied research projects and partnerships, plus a portfolio of prioritised research areas. We also engage in collaborative research activities, including Innovation Vouchers, Innovation Partnerships and Industry Funded Research.
The LINC team
The New Frontiers Programme Manager at IT Blanchardstown is Colm Ó Maolmhuire. Colm has been Enterprise Manager at the LINC since August 2017 and is involved in all aspects of supporting enterprise and entrepreneurs across the campus. This includes startup programmes (New Frontiers, Enterprise Garage), incubation space (office, hot desk) and enterprise services (networking events, mentoring services, links with support agencies). Colm’s main passion is to help and support startup and growth entrepreneurs, of all ages and sizes, through the challenging initial steps of their journey. Despite his youthful looks, Colm has been involved in the enterprise support space – as a mentor, management consultant and trainer – for over 20 years.
Colm Ó Maolmhuire
New Frontiers / Enterprise Manager
01 885 1372
Claire Mac Namee
Incubation Centre Manager
01 885 1502
The New Frontiers programme provided me with the platform to validate if we had a business. The support on offer is second to none & invaluable for an early-stage entrepreneur.
Ciaran Brennan, PaidAde
Participating in New Frontiers Phase 2 at ITB tested every aspect of my business proposition; stripping away the unnecessary and leaving me with a clear concise business plan.
Simon Ruddy, Diluteze
The New Frontiers Entrepreneur Development Programme was instrumental in allowing me time to deliver a product while also building a business.
Noel McKeown, Teeze
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