Our Impact

We believe the knowledge and innovations generated by research at NUI Galway should positively impact on society and the economy. To achieve this we...

  • Share our research expertise and facilities.
  • Collaborate on joint research projects.
  • License our technologies to businesses around the world.
  • Spin-out new companies.
  • Support and incubate start-ups.
  • Leverage funding from national, EU and international bodies.

Our Impact in Numbers

Over the last five years NUI Galway has created incredible impact

  • 248: research collaborations with industry.
  • 257: new inventions identified.
  • 44: new inventions protected internationally.
  • 58: technologies licensed to industry.
  • 16: spin-out companies created.
  • 70: companies supported by through their incubation stage on campus.
  • 5,000: Undergraduates Entrepreneurs Engaged by Launchpad

Our Ecosystem

Galway is a very attractive location for entrepreneurs and for international companies looking to locate in Ireland. (See IDA video).

Galway city has a unique blend of business, industry, educational, social, cultural and sporting life. With the presence of NUI Galway and the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, there is a steady stream of people joining the highly skilled, vibrant workforce.

For entrepreneurs, there is an excellent network of supports perfectly equipped to house and scale the internationalising start-up.  Our university has numerous innovation programmes, such as BioInnovate, BioExel and TechInnovate, which stimulate the generation and scaling of new ventures.

A series of complementary incubation centres run through the city, starting with our own Business Innovation Centre which is home to over 35 companies. Other venues to start and grow a business include The Portershed, StartLabs, Superpixel Labs and the GMIT Innovation Hubs.

Ignite West Consortium

In order to aid the wider region in terms of Knowledge Transfer, Ignite West formed in 2013.

It is a partnership led by NUI Galway, in conjunction with Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, and Institute of Technology Sligo, to work collaboratively under the Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) TTSI programme to deliver a Knowledge Transfer service for the western region. Learn more about KTI in the video opposite. Visit http://www.nuigalway.ie/innovation/ignite-west-consortium for further details about the consortium.



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