Letterkenny IT



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 the 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.

programme applicants since 2011
counties in the Letterkenny catchment area
female entrepreneur participants to date

What does the CoLab 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.

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

24/7 access and dedicated parking.

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


The CoLab team

The New Frontiers Programme Manager at IT Sligo is Michelle Connolly. She has been Enterprise Development Manager at Letterkenny Institute of Technology for the past three and a half years, coordinating the New Frontiers programme at both Sligo and Letterkenny. Michelle combines a background in Biological Sciences (she holds a PhD in Environmental Microbiology) with studies in International Business Management. She brings wide experience in project management, strategy development, entrepreneurship and business planning to her role with New Frontiers.

Michelle Connolly

Michelle Connolly

New Frontiers Programme Manager

071 913 7378


Patsy Donaghey

CoLab Centre Manager

074 918 6703

Some of our previous participants

  • 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

The latest news from CoLab

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.

Have a startup idea? Register your interest in New Frontiers and one of our Programme Managers will be in touch soon!

Further reading

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