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Tom Crean Centre

Munster_Technological_University_LogoTom Crean Centre

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.


What’s on 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 MTU programmes.

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


The team

The New Frontiers Programme Manager at MTU – Kerry Campus is Emily Reen. Emily has spent the past 16 years working in Dublin, Limerick, and Cork across the hospitality, corporate travel and international educational industries, specialising in business development. Emily is passionate about helping businesses and new entrepreneurs to identify their needs and come up with the best solutions for success. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel & Catering Management and a Diploma in Digital Online Marketing from the Digital Marketing Institute and Cork College of Commerce.

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Emily Reen New Frontiers Kerry

Emily Reen

New Frontiers Programme Manager

O66 719 1895

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Brid McElligott

Vice President – Research, Development and External Engagement

I found it huge beneficial to both myself and the business. The material covered was right on point and helped us through the business start-up process. There was also a real strength gained from working amongst other startups on a day-to-day basis. I highly recommend the programme to anyone with a new venture; but remember that the benefits reaped will be down to you.

Derek O’Sullivan, Thermotents

The programme was enormously helpful to the development and growth of our business, and gave us access to top level expertise from successful business owners and incredible mentors. It enabled us to hone our business model and really challenged us to refine our offering. We wouldn’t be in the strong position we are today without New Frontiers.

Sam Harrison, Cloudberry

Notable alumni

  • Shane Hassett, WAZP – 3D printing
  • Ogie Sheehy, ViClarity – compliance platform
  • Derek O’Sullivan, Crua Outdoors – thermally and acoustically insulated tents
  • Lorriane Scroope, The HireLab – e-recruitment platform
  • Cliff Fee – Mobility Genie – medical supplies & equipment for independent living
  • Gearoid Kearney, myAccess Hub – building autism inclusive workplaces through virtual reality & elearning modules
  • Kayleigh O’Shea, Wedding Wizard – wedding planning technology
  • Caroline Sugrue, TICCbox – risk & compliance

Alumni news


Enterprise Ireland companies hit record exports in 2022

Overall exports by client companies of Enterprise Ireland grew by 19% last year, with significant growth in both Eurozone and UK exports. Read more on

High focus on sustainability as record number of new companies launched

A record number of entrepreneurs are setting up businesses with export potential in the Cork and Kerry region through the Enterprise Ireland New Frontiers programme. Read more on

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