MTU – Kerry Campus

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.

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 MTU programmes.

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


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New Frontiers Phase 2 2017
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The Tom Crean Centre 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 Programme Manager

O66 719 1895

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Brid McElligott

Vice President – Research, Development and External Engagement

Some of our previous participants

  • 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

The latest news from the Tom Crean Centre

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

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