Tom 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.
The Institute of Technology Tralee 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 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.
The Tom Crean Centre team
The New Frontiers Programme Manager at IT Tralee 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.
New Frontiers Programme Manager
O66 719 1895
Breda O Dwyer
Incubation Centre/CEED Manager
066 719 1925
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
Some of our previous participants
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Still not ready to apply? We have some useful links that might help:
- the Tom Crean Centre website
- more information about the New Frontiers programme
- see our Frequently Asked Questions
- check out our 10 tips for entrepreneurs thinking of applying to New Frontiers