Letterkenny Institute of Technology

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  • Enterprise &
    Entrepreneurial Training

    New Frontiers is Ireland’s national entrepreneur development programme that is delivered at a local level by the Institutes of Technology. It is designed to help people, who have an innovative business idea, to establish and run your own companies.

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  • Business Innovation
    Centre Supports

    Since 2000 LYIT has played a pivotal role in changing the attitude towards innovation, risk-taking, and entrepreneurship in the Northwest. Having helped over 100 entrepreneurs to successfully start their own businesses, and are currently home to another 28 companies

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  • Research Capabilities

    Enterprise Ireland's Applied Research Enhancement (ARE) Programme has become a major source of funding for the Institutes of Technology sector. The ARE programme has been created to enhance the applied research capabilities within the Institutes of Technology.

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  • Contact Details

    Padraig Gallagher
    External Services Manager
    Letterkenny Institute of Technology
    Port Road
    Letterkenny
    Co Donegal
    T +35374 9186062
    E This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

1) Enterprise & Entrepreneurial Training

New Frontiers is Ireland’s national entrepreneur development programme that is delivered at a local level by the Institutes of Technology. It is designed to help people, who have an innovative business idea, to establish and run your own companies. It will provide you with a package of supports to help accelerate your business’s development and to equip you with the skills and contacts that you need to be future business leaders. 
This programme is being run in association with Institute of Technology Sligo. The participants receive training, mentoring, space in CoLab and financial support as appropriate.

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 on this programmes and how to apply please contact: http://www.newfrontiersnw.ie/

2) Business Innovation Centre Supports

Since 2000 LYIT has played a pivotal role in changing the attitude towards innovation, risk-taking, and entrepreneurship in the Northwest. Having helped over 100 entrepreneurs to successfully start their own businesses, and are currently home to another 28 companies, such as;
http://www.co-lab.ie/companies/

The Business Innovation Centre in LYIT is known as CoLab is a stimulating and supportive environment to help you succeed. Whether you’re a one person start-up or a small company, CoLab has a range of outstanding facilities to help you develop your idea. This includes high-spec office and research units, shared reception services, meeting and training rooms, the latest telecommunications technology, and a communal networking area. The team at CoLab is involved in numerous initiatives and programmes for technology entrepreneurs, see web link for more information http://www.co-lab.ie/about-colab/

3) Research capabilities

Enterprise Ireland's Applied Research Enhancement (ARE) Programme has become a major source of funding for the Institutes of Technology sector. The ARE programme has been created to enhance the applied research capabilities within the Institutes of Technology. The ARE programme has provided funding of approximately €4 million for the development of applied research centers at LYIT to date.

Areas of Research

  • Within the School of Science there is the successful Centre for Applied Marine Biotechnology (CAMBio) who encourage and support new viable groups to attract and develop high quality researchers, achieve significant research funding, develop a reputation for quality, and strengthen collaborations with national and international partners.
  • WISAR within the School of Engineering has a state of the art RF lab to support research and industry and has particular expertise in Body Area Networks (BAN) and the application of WSNs in buildings with an emphasis on evaluating and minimising the power consumption of the devices used. The goal is to deliver applied solutions for technology companies.
    There are many potential applications for this technology (BAN) including medical devices, health monitoring, elderly monitoring, disability assistance, sports, and entertainment.
  • EpiCentre within the School of Engineering, which brings together Ulster, LYIT and NWRC (North West Regional College).  Joint initiatives between Ulster and LYIT in research and technology exchange include the aforementioned EpiCentre and the North West Science and Technology Partnership. Both initiatives also involve NWRC and are aimed at developing knowledge-based activities in the NWGSA Region.

4) Contact Details

Padraig Gallagher
External Services Manager
Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Port Road
Letterkenny
Co Donegal
T +35374 9186062
E This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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