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Rubicon Centre

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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 MTU & 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).


What’s on 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.

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

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 cafe and break-out areas. The centre also offers a virtual office facility.


The team

The New Frontiers Programme Manager at Munster Technological University (MTU) – Cork Campus is Aoife McInerney. Aoife has experience working across a variety of departments including Customer Service, Marketing, Product Development and Project Management, in-house and as a consultant.

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Aoife McInerney

Aoife McInerney

Programme Manager

Paul Healy

Paul Healy

Innovation Centre Manager

CIT George Bulman

George Bulman

Operations manager

The New Frontiers Programme not only gave me the time to further develop the company, it pushed me forward and provided me with the other necessary tools to develop my company. Without the New Frontiers Programme my company would not be in the position it is now.

Dr Frank Riedewald, Composite Recycling

We were provided with fantastic support from the Rubicon Centre team and the other people that we came into contact with on the programme. With 11 other businesses on the programme, it feels like we have already grown our team given the amount of support and advice on offer.

Andrew Kingston, GroupBooked

During the programme, we won a global award for passenger innovation, landed our first client and raised Enterprise Ireland Competitive Start funding. Any one of these achievements would significantly help any business, but I would never have envisaged all three! Thank you!

Paul Brugger, TIC

Notable alumni

  • 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

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This is the right time! Register your interest in New Frontiers and a Programme Manager will be in touch to guide you through the application process.