Limerick IT

Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre

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The Hartnett Enterprise Centre facilitates the transition from education, research and employment to startup success by assisting clients in a number of complimentary areas: research commercialisation, early-stage enterprise startup and internationalisation.

The centre provides business development services to clients via one-to-one mentoring and business plan reviews with the Enterprise Development & Business Liaison Manager, the New Frontiers Programme Manager and a panel of subject matter experts. Providing links to Enterprise Ireland and other enterprise support agencies is a critical dimension of the Hartnett Centre service, as well as links to investor networks across Ireland, Europe and the USA.

The centre has incubation units – ready-to-go shared office solutions, hot desks or virtual incubation services – available to promoters of early-stage companies. For companies that are starting to grow, some of the offices can open out into a space for 8 – 10 people.

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sustainable companies created
people employed by participants since 2012
million euros raised by Participants since 2012

What does the Hartnett Centre offer?

18 units of approx. 25m² accommodating up to four people, shared office space and hotdesks. Reception, restaurant, boardroom and meeting room.

IT support and broadband, managed print facility and videoconferencing.

Access to the LIT Enterprise Ladder, LIT International Network and invitations to dozens of events to help inspire, motivate and build networks and relationships and to take part in competitions.

Access to collaborative research with LIT. Shannon ABC, TEMPO and ACORN research centres are based in the centre.


The Harnett Centre team

The New Frontiers Programme Manager at Limerick IT is Simon O’Keeffe. With 30 years’ hands-on sales experience in international markets, Simon consults at strategic and operational level for businesses in ICT and Software, CleanTech, Engineering, Manufacturing, and Internationally Traded Services. His expertise in strategic planning, marketing, branding, selling and customer acquisition and retention has helped many client companies to successfully enter export markets and grow sales, and it is this business knowledge that he brings to his role with New Frontiers. Simon also lectures at UCC and is an Enterprise Ireland mentor.


Simon O’Keeffe

New Frontiers Programme Manager

061 293 830

Mary Casey New Frontiers

Mary Casey

New Frontiers Programme Co-ordinator

061 293 830

Gillian Barry New Frontiers

Gillian Barry

Enterprise Development and Business Liaison Manager

061 293 151

Some of our previous participants

  • Paul Gough, Nualtra – delivery of food for special medical purposes
  • Gary Neville, Golfmiles – tee time booking engine
  • Michael Harnett, Dionergy – energy-saving products
  • Fintan Ward, Golf Voyager – golf vacations website
  • Eric Gargiulo, The Delivery Guys – technology solutions for the Quick Service Restaurant (QS) sector
  • Charlie Glynn, Glynn Technical Diamonds – innovative synthetic diamond products
  • Conan McDonnell, BeeActiv – premium bee-centric products

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