Galway-Mayo IT

Innovation Hubs

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Two Innovation Hubs – in Castlebar and Galway – provide a highly supportive ecosystem where clients benefit from a strong commercialisation process and industry linkages, networking internally with each other and resources of the college itself.

Developing an innovative and entrepreneurial culture among the students and staff of GMIT is a key objective of the institute and the opportunities afforded by the centres are continuously evaluated. We specialise in market research, product testing, materials evaluation and the assessment of branding opportunities on behalf of Innovation Hubs client companies.

The Innovation Hubs also offer Concept Desk Space to support entrepreneurs who have a good idea for a new business venture, which may in time develop into a project for the incubation units, and pathways to funding and investment for individuals with commercial experience in starting their own high-potential, knowledge-intensive business.

participants since 2012
million euros investment raised
Jobs created by our clients

What do the Innovation Hubs offer?

Galway: 19 incubation units ranging in size from 18m² to 60m². Castlebar: 10 incubation units ranging in size from 18m² to 36m².

Research facilities include the Marine and Freshwater Research Centre (MFRC), the Galway Medical Device Technology Centre (GMedTech) and the Centre for the Integration of Sustainable Energy Technologies (CiSET).

Business development support: financial, legal, sales, marketing and export development including mentoring and networking facilities.

Boardroom, meeting/training rooms, free parking and canteen facilities.


The Innovation Hubs team

The New Frontiers Programme Manager at Galway-Mayo IT is Tony O’Kelly. Tony has a background in IT and a long history in business development across a range of sectors. He also founded a technology management company, delivering specialist expertise to large companies such as DCC and Hewlett Packard. Tony couples his technical knowledge with project and programme management, and brings his experience in automating business processes to the structure and delivery of New Frontiers in GMIT.

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Tony O’Kelly

New Frontiers Programme Manager

091 742 858

George McCourt

Centre Manager – Galway

091 742 822

 Maria Staunton

Centre Manager – Castlebar

094 904 3198

Some of our previous participants

  • Dorothy Creaven, Element Wave – mobile customer retention
  • Sorcha O’Grady, TruckScience Ltd – truck modelling software
  • George Curley, CGA Software Ltd – enterprise management solutions
  • Marc Ganly, MARC Sports – head protectors for sports
  • Denis Sheehy, Cloudbrook Water Company – rainwater optimisation systems
  • Sinéad Kenny, DiaNia Technologies – medical device materials
  • Tomás Thompson, Rockfield Medical Devices – patient feeding systems

The latest news from the Innovation Hubs

Video Sherpa signs hospital deal after €500k funding round

Video Sherpa, founded by New Frontiers alumna Anna Downes, has announced a deal with University Hospital Galway (UHG) to provide remote services to patients using its online video platform. This good news follows a €500,000 funding round closed at the start of the month by the Galway start-up.

Video Sherpa is pursuing global ambitions

New Frontiers alumna, Anna Downes, is co-founder of Video Sherpa. The company’s aim is to sort out the technical side of video production so that businesses can focus on storytelling. Read her story on

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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