Two Innovation Hubs (iHubs) – in Castlebar and Galway – provide a highly supportive startup ecosystem where clients benefit from business development supports, an integrated commercialisation process, industry links, networking, mentoring and access to the resources, staff and students of the host institute, GMIT.
The Innovation Hubs also offer virtual incubation and co-working space to support entrepreneurs with a good idea for a new business venture, which may in time develop into a project for incubation space. Mentoring and support is provided to these early-stage startups, along with access to specialist research capabilities, investment funding advice and signposting to support entrepreneurs in starting their high-potential, knowledge-intensive business.
Developing an innovative and entrepreneurial culture among the students and staff is a key objective of GMIT and the iHubs. Links are provided to access student projects, placements, interns and graduates, along with the research expertise and capabilities in GMIT.
What do the Innovation Hubs offer?
Galway: 38 incubation units ranging in size from 18m² to 120m². Castlebar: 10 incubation units ranging in size from 18m² to 36m².
Research facilities include a medical imaging suite, the Medical & Engineering Technologies (MET) Centre, the Marine and Freshwater Research (MFRC) Centre and the Centre for the Integration of Sustainable Energy Technologies (CiSET).
Business development support: financial, legal, sales, marketing, export development, business plans and Business Model Canvas, along with mentoring and networking.
Facilities: boardroom, reception, events space, entrepreneur hub facility (E-Hub), co-working spaces, meeting/training rooms, breakout spaces, high-speed broadband, shower facilities, canteen and parking.
The Innovation Hubs team
The New Frontiers 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.
New Frontiers Manager
091 742 858
Head of Innovation & Enterprise
091 742 822
Centre Manager – Castlebar
094 904 3198
091 742 850
New Frontiers has been invaluable for the development of our business, from a concept to a viable, investor-ready commercial proposition. A variety of very experienced and proven industry experts facilitated our team sessions and mentored us throughout the programme.
Frank Enright, Q Pathway
New Frontiers has provided me with skills to put the theory into practice, it has enabled me to grow my business from the seed of an idea to a market-ready. The varied and rich support was geared towards growing the business and facilitated by industry experts of the highest quality.
Tomás Thompson, Rockfield Medical Devices
A fabulous programme which I would highly recommend for any innovative startup with plans to scale and export. It will guide you through market validation to market launch, with practical, relevant guidance from industry leaders - helping you to avoid many of the pitfalls of starting your own business.
Anne Walsh, Allergy Lifestyle
Some of our previous participants
The latest news from the Innovation Hubs
Still not ready to apply? We have some useful links that might help:
- the Innovation Hubs website
- more information about the New Frontiers programme
- see our Frequently Asked Questions
- check out our 10 tips for entrepreneurs thinking of applying to New Frontiers