IT Carlow

Enterprise & Research Incubation Centre (ERIC)

ERIC logoInstitute of Technology Carlow New Frontiers

The New Frontiers programme at IT Carlow is co-located at the Enterprise and Research Incubation Centre (ERIC) in IT Carlow and at the ArcLabs Research & Innovation Centre in Waterford Institute of Technology.

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.

counties covered by the IT Carlow catchment area
applicants to New Frontiers at IT Carlow since 2011
Irish jobs created by our programme participants

What does the ERIC centre 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 ERIC centre team

The New Frontiers Programme Manager at IT Carlow is Gemma Purcell. Gemma is Enterprise Development Manager with IT Carlow, 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. 

Gemma Purcell New Frontiers Carlow

Gemma Purcell

New Frontiers Programme Manager

059 917 5208

Maresa Fitzhenry

Maresa Fitzhenry

New Frontiers Programme Administrator

059 917 5220


Brian Ogilvie

External Services Manager

059 917 5223

Some of our previous participants

  • 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

The latest news from the ERIC

Seed Golf is teeing up to change the game

Dean Klatt, founder and CEO of Seed Golf, is interviewed on about his startup journey and his 2020 plans to launch in the US market.

Male skin care firm is well groomed for online success

New Frontiers alumna, Charlotte Matabaro, was featured with her business partner Marc Power talking about their startup Mohecan Male Grooming as it launches its Amazon store in time for Christmas. Read about them on

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

Further reading

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