Galway Mayo Institute of Technology

  • Enterprise &
    Entrepreneurial Training

    The New Frontiers Entrepreneur Development Programme is targeted at entrepreneurs and early stage start-up companies located across the region. The programme is open to applications from a diversity of sectors.

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  • Business Innovation
    Centre Supports

    The Innovation in Business Centre (IiBC) at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Dublin Road Campus, is a strategic resource for new start-up companies.

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  • Research Capabilities

    The research groups at GMIT are:

    • Marine and Freshwater Research Centre (MFRC)
    • Galway Medical Device Technology Centre (GMedTech)
    • Centre for the Integration of Sustainable Energy Technologies (CiSET)

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  • Contact Details

    Dr John Kennedy Commercial Services Manager
    T +353 (0)91 742824
    E This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

1) Enterprise & Entrepreneurial Training

The New Frontiers Entrepreneur Development Programme is targeted at entrepreneurs and early stage start-up companies located across the region. The programme is open to applications from a diversity of sectors including; food & consumer products, information & communication technology, engineering & electronics, medical devices, biotechnology, pharma, digital media, cleantech/renewable energy and eligible internationally traded services.

Programme Detail

New Frontiers is a three-phase programme that is designed to provide an integrated and comprehensive set of business development supports to participants.

Phase 1 -Testing the business idea

The first phase will be part-time over six to eight weeks and will help you to validate the market potential of your business idea. These weekend and evening workshops will provide information and general start-up training, allowing you to tease out your idea’s feasibility and to see whether a viable proposition exists.

Phase 2 - Business Planning

Following a competitive selection process, committed participants who have a strong value proposition and who can demonstrate that their business proposition has potential to grow and create jobs may be offered a place on Phase 2.

If successful, you will receive intensive support for six months to develop both your own skills and to work up your business proposition. This will entail full-time participation in workshops, mentoring and regular reviews. Using these supports, you will fully detail and validate your business proposition and identify potential customers, sales channels and funding options.

You must be available for full-time participation. To facilitate this, you will receive up to €15,000 in funding subject to satisfactory development reviews.

The aim of this phase is to support you in your development of an investor-ready business plan.

Phase 3 - Business Development

Businesses emerging from Phase 2 will be guided to the most relevant government supports that can best help them at their particular stage of development. Further incubation facilities and support may be available to participants for a limited period, in conjunction with ongoing support from the Incubation Centre Management team.

For more information about EI New frontiers at GMIT log onto; https://www.gmit.ie/innovation-business-centre/new-frontiers-applications

2) Business Innovation Centre Supports

The Innovation in Business Centre (IiBC) at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Dublin Road Campus, is a strategic resource for new start-up companies. 

The IiBC supports the development of new enterprises in the region by providing incubation space and business development supports for the nurturing of new ideas and the commercialisation of applied research. It is another step in GMIT's innovative approach towards facilitating learning and economic development in the Galway region.

Supported by Enterprise Ireland, the IiBC has 19 Incubation Units ranging in size from 18 to 60 sq. m. for start-up companies. The Innovation Centre has a Concept Desk Space facility to support entrepreneurs who have a good idea for a new business venture, which may in time develop into a project for the incubation units.  The Centre also has an New Frontiers Desk Space. 

The IiBC enables companies to work in a secure, innovative, entrepreneurial environment as they progress through the various stages of a new company start-up. A range of business development supports is available for client companies such as financial, legal, sales, marketing and export development including mentoring and networking facilities.   

Current client companies located at the IiBC, Galway include the following industry sectors - Software Development, Web/Internet, Implantable Medical Devices,Life Sciences’, iPhone Apps, Cloud Computing, Tourism and Environmental Products, Environmental Products. These are just a few of the projects by start-up companies supported and nurtured by GMIT's new Innovation in Business Centre (IiBC), Galway.

Current client listing https://www.gmit.ie/innovation-business-centre/client-companies-iibc-mayo-and-galway

3) Research capabilities

Research Centres

Marine and Freshwater Research Centre (MFRC)

A dynamic group of researchers, academics and students working together to enhance the management of marine and freshwater ecosystems worldwide. custom-built research space and laboratories. This has ensured continued excellence in our research activities of;

  • Enabling sustainability
  • Conserving biodiversity
  • Improving productivity

Galway Medical Device Technology Centre (GMedTech)

GMIT’s Galway Medical Technology Centre: Multidisciplinary team of researchers working together to provide clinically inspired solutions to clinicians and the MedTech Sector.

The GMedTech centre has a recognised unique capacity for designing and developing advanced pre-clinically relevant in vitro simulators replicating various parts of the human anatomy.

GMedtech has developed recognised expertise to replicate various disease conditions and has provided benchmarking data for the validation of computational modelling.

GMedTech researchers are actively focused on several key areas such as:

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Cranial Aneurysms
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Venous System
  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Pulmonary
  • Gastrointestinal

Centre for the Integration of Sustainable Energy Technologies (CiSET)

The Centre for integrated Sustainable Energy Technologies (CiSET) conducts applied research in sustainable energy solutions, specifically for Cool-Marine climate regions. 

The centre has executed over 40 applied research projects with a range of industrial and public-bodies. These have spanned energy auditing and monitoring, to the use of artificial intelligence to generate optimised, hybrid energy supply solutions for specific energy demand profiles.

4) Contact Details

Dr John Kennedy
Commercial Services Manager
T: +353 (0)91 742824
E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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