MTU – Cork Campus

Rubicon Centre

Munster_Technological_University_Logo  Rubicon logo

The Rubicon Centre is home to 57 knowledge-based startups at all stages of development – from concept stage to completing their first customer orders – many of which are already trading on the international market.

The Centre is jointly financed by CIT & Enterprise Ireland and was opened in 2006, with further extension in 2010 bringing the total incubation footprint to over 3,000m². It provides a modern and dynamic working environment, conveniently located on campus within one of Ireland’s top third level institutes.

Rubicon clients enjoy access to a full development path in an environment of creativity and innovation, with a continual focus on nurturing growth. Entrepreneurs benefit from being part of the vibrant entrepreneurial community within the Rubicon Centre. Other programmes available include EXXCEL and Student Inc. (only open to students of Munster TU).

jobs created by our programmes since 1998
percent survival rate after five years
million euros investment raised since 1998

What does the Rubicon Centre offer?

Ready-to-go, own-door offices with dedicated broadband and direct phone lines. Training room, board room and meeting rooms with full AV capability.

CIT research facilities include the NIMBUS Centre, CAPPA – Centre for advanced Photonics and Process Analysis, MEDIC – Medical Engineering Design and Innovation Centre & CREATE – Centre for Research in Advanced Therapeutic Engineering.

Business support includes one-to-one mentoring, access to finance, access to international markets, pre and post incubation assistance and networking opportunities.

Entrepreneurs benefit from 24/7 access, free car parking, security, reception services, a café and break-out areas. The centre also offers a Virtual Office facility.


The Rubicon Centre team

The New Frontiers Programme Manager at Munster TU – Cork Campus is Alison Walsh. Alison worked for 15 years in Enterprise Ireland, supporting indigenous Irish SMEs. As a Senior Development Adviser, she advised companies on strategies for growth, skills development, and leadership development. She has worked with companies from start-up stage to multinationals – primarily in areas such as food, consumer products and internationally traded services.

Alison Walsh New Frontiers Cork

Alison Walsh

New Frontiers Programme Manager

021 492 8903

Paul Healy

Paul Healy

Innovation Centre Manager

021 492 8901

CIT George Bulman

George Bulman

Operations manager

Some of our previous participants

  • Patrick Dinneen, Platform Avenue – talent management software
  • Niamh O’Dwyer, Organic Little One – organic baby food
  • Dr Robert Cosgrave, LearnLode – information sharing SaaS
  • Stephen Slattery, Zeto – commercial refrigeration management
  • Conor Quigley, Safe Care Technologies – assistive technology solutions
  • Peter Conway, Travel Buddy – tourism promotions portal
  • Sarah O’Sullivan, SeaHorse Atlantic – kelp animal supplements

The latest news from the Rubicon Centre

Voxxify goes global with Dell partnership

Steve Fleming, founder of Voxxify, has been interviewed for following a partnership deal with Dell. The startup helps large companies manage their IT spend.

€5m fundraising to fuel Swyft Energy expansion

The Cork-based energy technology firm, Swyft Energy, has launched a €5 million funding round to further develop its online technology platform. The company was co-founded by New Frontiers alumnus, Joseph Freyne.

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

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