Galway-Mayo IT

Innovation Hubs

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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.

directly supported jobs
million euros investment raised
% success rate over 7 years

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.


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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.

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Tony O’Kelly

New Frontiers Manager

091 742 858

George McCourt

Head of Innovation & Enterprise

091 742 822

 Maria Staunton

Centre Manager – Castlebar

094 904 3198

Turlough Rafferty Operations Manager New Frontiers GMIT

Turlough Rafferty

Operations Manager

091 742 850

Some of our previous participants

  • Barry Flannery, Xerotech Ltd – advanced battery systems
  • Sorcha O’Grady, TruckScience Ltd – truck modelling software
  • George Curley, CGA Software Ltd – enterprise management solutions
  • Marc Ganly, MARC Sports – head protectors for sports
  • Rory Casey, Atlantic Photonic Solutions Ltd – parasite control technology
  • Anna Downes, Video Sherpa – video production platform
  • Tomás Thompson, Rockfield Medical Devices – patient feeding systems

The latest news from the Innovation Hubs

Xerotech leading the charge for a fully electrified future

New Frontiers alumnus, Dr. Barry Flannery, is the founder of Xerotech – a company that electrifies construction equipment, mining equipment, agricultural machinery, and other non-road mobile machinery. They are expanding their team to 70, with plans to build a European gigafactory in rural Galway. Read more on

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.

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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