CoLab

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CoLab is an on-campus incubation, research and enterprise centre supporting entrepreneurs at every stage of their business development.

The centre is equipped to provide the highest possible standard of infrastructural support including: 100Mbps upload/download broadband provision, VoIP telephony into all units, video conferencing, flexible access through an electronic swipe-key system and wireless broadband throughout.

Project Kelvin provides high-capacity international links to the North American continent and Europe, at rates which are guaranteed by contract to be amongst the most attractive in Ireland/UK. CoLab has direct access to diverse Kelvin Infrastructure and services via the Letterkenny MAN.

CoLab is home to around 30 businesses, employing 120 people. It currently covers 2,400m², which is being extended to 4,000m² under the North West Regional Science Park (NWRSP) scheme – due for completion in June 2015.

276
PROGRAMME APPLICANTS SINCE 2011
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COUNTIES IN THE LETTERKENNY CATCHMENT AREA
41
FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR PARTICIPANTS TO DATE

What’s on offer?

24 high-spec units of 25m² – 100m², 10 hot desks, two meeting rooms, training rooms, a lecture room and conference room, canteen and shared reception services. 24/7 access and dedicated parking.

Research units, IT infrastructure, communal networking area, concept desk space and easy-in-easy-out licence terms.

Access to an on-site support team, the latest telecoms technology, best practice workshops, spin-out companies and graduates from LYIT.

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The team

The New Frontiers Programme Manager at Atlantic Technological University (ATU) – Letterkenny Campus is Geraldine Beirne. Geraldine has spent over 20 years helping startups and growing businesses, giving her an in-depth knowledge of Ireland’s enterprise landscape. With a BSc in Management and a Diploma in International Marketing, Geraldine worked in both multinational and indigenous Irish businesses before joining the Local Enterprise Office Offaly in 2000.

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Patsy Donaghey

CoLab Centre Manager

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New Frontiers has given me the key knowledge, skills and confidence to develop my start-up into a successful, scaling business. Coming from the creative industries, New Frontiers changed my business and my life for the better. It will remain the best choice I made as an entrepreneur.

Laura McDowell, Papertree

When starting my business, I found out very quickly that having technical knowledge is not everything. You need a very broad skill set, which the programme introduced me to - important skills such as sales, marketing, finance and business planning. It has been a great help to us growing our business.

David Gildea, Cloud Ranger

If there’s a faster way to gather the skills and connections required to make a business idea into reality than New Frontiers - I’d like to see it. We really feel it was six months well spent.

Matt Griffiths, Vaerial Industrial Environmental Compliance

Notable alumni

  • Laura McDowell, Papertree – personalised, paper-cut gifts
  • David Gildea, CloudRanger – cloud task scheduler
  • Kevin Boylan, Firecloud365 – fire safety management in public buildings
  • David O’Neill, Uppiddee Inc – enterprise platform
  • Anne Tuohy, Room Junkie – personal online interior designer
  • Brendan Toner, Audit International – international recruitment
  • Charlie Boyle, Customer Service Excellence Ireland – recognition programme

Alumni news

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Saving lives with new cost-effective drone rescue app

DroneSAR is a software platform designed to enable commercially available, off-the-shelf drones to be used as part of search and rescue missions. Co-founded by New Frontiers alumnus, Matthew Kelly, the company was recently featured on independent.ie.

Drone company’s project takes off

Donegal company, DroneSAR, has won an international XCELLENCE Humanitarian Award (AUVSI) in Colorado, USA. Founder and New Frontiers alumnus, Matthew Kelly, is featured on donegaldemocrat.ie.

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