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Enterprise & Research Incubation Centre (ERIC)

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The New Frontiers programme at SETU – Carlow Campus is co-located at the Enterprise and Research Incubation Centre (ERIC) in Carlow and at the ArcLabs Research & Innovation Centre in Waterford.

ERIC is a purpose-built, fully serviced building on campus. 831m² of industrial and commercial space are available to support the growth of young knowledge-based companies – with units ranging in size from 133m² to 22.5m².

The aim of the Enterprise and Research Incubation Centre is to accelerate the development of startups through a comprehensive combination of infrastructure, business support services and specialised resources – before and during their foundation.


What’s on offer?

11 self-contained units (five industrial units for manufacturing operations and six units for technology firms), a hot-desk area for up to 12 people, training rooms, boardrooms & meeting rooms.

Research facilities include Designcore (Applied Design Research Centre in Industrial/Product Design Innovation), Gamecore (Centre of Research and Enterprise in Interactive Applications Software & Networks), Envirocore (Centre of Research and Enterprise in BioEnvironmental Technologies) & Geocore (Centre of Research and Enterprise in Green Energy Optimisation).

Support to help accelerate entrepreneurs embarking on their journey in business – from startup advice to information about the various forms of funding, from the provision of high-specification ICT infrastructures to networking and peer-to-peer support from fellow resident entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs benefit from 24/7 access, car parking and security, admin services, broadband & canteen facilities.


The team

The New Frontiers Programme Manager at SETU – Carlow Campus is Gemma Purcell. Gemma is Enterprise Development Manager with SETU, responsible for the promotion, management and growth of the Institute’s Enterprise & Research Incubation Centre and its allied range of support services and training programmes. She holds a BDES honours degree in Industrial Design from NCAD and an MBA from the Institute of Technology Carlow. With a proven track record in business development, enterprise support and multi-project management, Gemma’s past experience includes working for large multinational retailers as a Design Management specialist. 

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Gemma Purcell New Frontiers Carlow

Gemma Purcell

New Frontiers Programme Manager

059 917 5208

Mary Beck New Frontiers

Mary Beck

New Frontiers Co-Ordinator

059 917 5220

I would highly recommend the programme and I would like to thank Ailish Delaney and her team for all their help and continued support. They have helped us to build a robust product range and provided us with the skills required to build a successful business.

Noel Doherty, NJ Doherty Solutions

Working with like-minded entrepreneurs was both refreshing and reassuring and the outcomes from the workshops have allowed me to push forward my business with confidence. The program is challenging but rewarding.

Rory McEvoy, Twiznight

It gave us the structure and know-how to go from idea to revenue-generating company. It was a fantastic opportunity to work with industry-leading mentors and helped us develop a strong value proposition and business plan.

Trevor Keane, Sportego

Notable alumni

  • Xuemei Germaine,MicroGen Biotech – bioremediation solutions
  • Owne Roche, OMF Engineering – process, simulation and die design
  • Janet Cody, Arc Rua – Autism resources
  • Niamh Sheehan, Higgleoo TV – puppet TV shows for children
  • Trevor Keane, Sportego – marketing and sports gaming
  • Noel Doherty, Hamstring Solo – exercise aids
  • Rory McEvoy, Twiznight – Twitter quizzes

Alumni news


Enterprise Ireland companies hit record exports in 2022

Overall exports by client companies of Enterprise Ireland grew by 19% last year, with significant growth in both Eurozone and UK exports. Read more on

Congratulations to our award-winning alumni

Huge congratulations to all the New Frontiers alumni who took home a National Startup Award this year: Gold (Early Stage Tech): Heidi Davis - Identify Her; Bronze (Early Stage Tech): James Power - Agri Guardian; Gold (Tech): Pierce Dargan - Equine MediRecord; Silver (Emerging Tech): Emma Meehan - Precision Sports; Bronze (Emerging Tech): Stephen O'Dwyer - Trojan Track; Gold (eCommerce/Retail): Alan Power - SizeWise; Bronze (eCommerce/Retail): Erica Hargadan - Babogue; Gold (Social/Sustainable): Aisling Kirwan - Positive Carbon; Gold (Food/Drink): Gráinne Mullins - Gra Chocolates; Silver (Food/Drink): Aisling Cullen - Thank Plants; Gold (Fintech): Alva Horgan - Valid8me.

Have a startup idea? Register your interest in New Frontiers and one of our Programme Managers will be in touch soon!