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 20 years’ experience operating as an independent, professional management trainer, mentor and consultant. His main areas of expertise are in finance, business planning/analysis and management skills. His clients have included commercial corporates; micro-enterprises; government departments and state agencies; voluntary organisations and sectors such as financial services, retail, manufacturing, hospitality services and administration.
Colm Ó Maolmhuire
New Frontiers / Enterprise Manager
01 885 1372
Claire Mac Namee
Incubation Centre Manager
01 885 1502
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