Waterford IT

ArcLabs Research & Innovation Centre


Two business incubators – in Waterford and Kilkenny – offer a supportive and open atmosphere enabling businesses to develop through collaboration and innovation.

ArcLabs has set itself the goal of becoming the leading knowledge and innovation community for entrepreneurs and startups in Ireland, by putting in place some of the best strategists, designers and R&D resources available. This community is helping entrepreneurs to harness amazing ideas, creativity and innovation and to convert concepts into thriving, commercial businesses.

Located adjacent to WIT Arena, the largest sports, conference and events centre in the South East of Ireland. This multipurpose facility caters for a wide range of events such as gym users, high-performance athletes, multipurpose sports, kids’ activity camps, leisure and entertainment events and conferences. The facilities are state of the art and the service is truly exceptional.

businesses supported

What does the ArcLabs centre offer?

Flexible office units, single desks, hotdesks, meeting rooms, boardrooms, break-out space, canteen, catering, reception, shower facilities and postal services.

24/7 secure access with free private parking, security patrols and remote monitoring. Fast WiFi throughout, productivity equipment located in the on-site data centre.

Business development support: dedicated and experienced business advisory team, mentoring, training, a vibrant entrepreneur community, help with grant and research proposals as well as investment and seed capital, access to WIT’s R&D community.

Direct access to the national motorway network and also the spectacular Waterford Greenway, a 46km off-road cycling and walking trail along an old railway line between Waterford and Dungarvan.


The ArcLabs team

The New Frontiers Programme Manager at Waterford IT is Eugene Crehan. Eugene has a background in international marketing and sales, having held senior management positions with organisations such as Diageo (Baileys), Waterford Crystal and AT Cross. He is highly experienced in working with start-ups – both as an advisor and as an investor. He delivers workshops on marketing, business model design and strategy and has lectured in marketing and strategy. Eugene is a Fellow of the Irish Institute of Training & Development, a NCGE Entrepreneurship Educator Fellow and a European Entrepreneurship Educators Fellow.


Eugene Crehan

New Frontiers Programme Manager

051 302 953

Phyllis Mahon New Frontiers Waterford

Phyllis Mahon

New Frontiers Programme Administrator

051 302 949

Some of our previous participants

  • David Whelan, Immersive VR Education – educational virtual reality (VR)
  • Eva Milka, Gaelic Escargot – Irish, free-range escargot
  • Christian Ryder, OpenBack – smart mobile app notifications
  • Gerry Ginty, Powerscourt Distillery – whiskey manufacture and visitor centre
  • Michael Malone, CMC Hygea – infection control products
  • Ross O’Dwyer, Pundit Arena – sports media platform
  • Aoife Kelly, ÍON – herbal tonics
  • Louise Murphy, Cyc-Lok – Access controlled modular bike parking lockers

The latest news from ArcLabs

The ‘Android for boats’

Co-founder of the boat technology startup Raceix, Aidan Foley, describes its operating system for the marine leisure sector as being ‘Android for boats with the intuition of Apple and the dynamism of Tesla’. Irishtimes.com looks at their ‘game-changing’ software.

Tech firm couple look to future with virtual reality

Patience pays off for Immersive VR Education’s husband and wife team, David and Sandra Whelan. Six months after their IPO, Immersive VR Education has achieved a market value of nearly €30 million. They were recently interviewed for independent.ie.

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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