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.
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.
New Frontiers Programme Manager
091 742 858
Centre Manager – Galway
091 742 822
Centre Manager – Castlebar
094 904 3198
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
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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