Munster TU – Kerry Campus

Tom Crean Centre

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The Tom Crean Centre provides entrepreneurs with training in all areas of business including financial arrangements, market research and validation, business process, patenting, product development and sales training. Participants also avail of mentoring from experienced advisors and practitioners, with a view to developing an investor-ready business.

Munster Technological University has developed into a world-class business environment for technology-based, knowledge-intensive enterprise. The Tom Crean Business Centre has been central to the success and development of an enterprise ecosystem and the successful growth of new businesses in the region – nationally and internationally acknowledged as an example of best practice.

The Tom Crean Centre offers a supportive environment and incubation facilities to assist innovators and entrepreneurs in taking their ideas from proof of principle to full commercial success. The centre promotes innovation and enterprise, as well as contract research and industrial-academic cooperation.

applicants to New Frontiers since 2011
past participants with HPSU status
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What does the Tom Crean Centre offer?

22 incubator units, fully-equipped meeting/training room, canteen, social area, wifi throughout, shower facilities, print and post facilities, private parking and 24/7 access.

Research facilities include two technical Gateways (IMaR & Shannon ABC), Irish Academy for Hospitality and Tourism (IAHT ), Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development (CEED), UNESCO.

Support includes assistance with funding applications through CEED, access to the advice and expertise of academic and central services staff, student placements, and participation in ITT programmes.

Use of IT Tralee facilities, such as our specialist ODL device lab, video-conferencing facilities and multimedia suites.


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The Tom Crean Centre team

The New Frontiers Programme Manager at Munster TU – Kerry Campus is Sarah Flaherty. Sarah has spent the past 15 years in international roles, driving global marketing, PR and communication campaigns in the investment and technology sectors. Sarah returned home to Kerry in 2014, with a desire to work with local enterprises seeking to establish a presence beyond their borders. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Business (Hons) from Cork Institute of Technology and a Higher Diploma in Marketing Practices from NUI Galway.

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Sarah Flaherty

New Frontiers Programme Manager

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Breda O'Dwyer

Breda O Dwyer

Incubation Centre/CEED Manager

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Brid McElligott

Vice President – Research, Development and External Engagement

Some of our previous participants

  • Francis Fitzgibbon, StoryStock – video content platform
  • Shane Hassett, WAZP – 3D printing
  • Ogie Sheehy, ViClarity – compliance platform
  • Marie Looby, PereGreen Energy – intelligent LED lighting
  • Lorriane Scroope, The HireLab – e-recruitment platform
  • Sam Harrison, Cloudberry Bakery – luxury spreads
  • Derek O’Sullivan, Thermotents – thermally & acoustically insulated tents
  • Melanie Harty, Harty’s Foods – 100% Irish savoury jellies

The latest news from the Tom Crean Centre

ViClarity to open a US office

ViClarity, founded by John Sheehy, will be opening an office in Boston in a bid to continue the growth of the company’s US customer base. They are featured on

CEO of StoryStock still does the hoovering

Francis Fitzgibbon, founder and CEO of StoryStock, was featured on sharing seven insights into his life as a founder.

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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