Leading Business Women to take part in Spirit of Entrepreneurship Webinar

GMIT’s Mayo Business Innovation Hub (iHub), through the EMPOWER Women’s Entrepreneurship Programme, will host its annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship event online this year. The webinar will feature established businesswomen who will share their successful start-up experiences on www.spiriteventwest.com on Tuesday 8 September 2020 from 10am to 1pm..

Grow with Us

We are getting bigger! Our new extension will double the size of the Innovation Hub Galway to about 2,400 m2, providing space for an additional three dedicated MedTech R&D units; 17 incubation units for start-ups in the Software, Digital Tech, Connected Health sectors; a Co-Working space; an Events Space; Social Hubs; and, breakout meeting and networking areas. Come and grow with us! 

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The iHub at GMIT Galway & Castlebar incubators provide high potential entrepreneurs and innovative start-ups with the business skills, networks, space and supports necessary to navigate the business start-up process from concept to successful commercialisation.

What We Offer

Join Ireland West’s leading Technology Companies at GMIT iHubs.

Access Office Space

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Co-working Space
Virtual Office

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Results to Date




High Growth Start-Ups


Investment funding raised


Company Aquisitions


Still in business after 7 yrs


R&D Conducted with clients

Entrepreneur Programmes

GMIT iHubs hosts two entrepreneurial programmes  New Frontiers and EMPOWER.

New Frontiers is Enterprise Ireland’s national entrepreneur development programme for early-stage start-ups. The programme is run over three phases and delivered in GMIT Galway and Mayo campuses.

EMPOWER is a female-only programme targeted at females located in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon. Applicants can choose from two options, EMPOWER Start or EMPOWER Growth.

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Client Testimonials

Kyzentree Technologies has benefited hugely from the iHubs. The New Frontiers programme gave us the confidence and the platform on which to establish that the business was viable and the subsequent support was instrumental in securing funding. GMIT has provided us with two interns who have added significant value to our product offering. The location is just off the motorway and avoids the heavy city centre traffic!

Anthony Cahill

CEO, Kyzentree Technologies

During our time at the Innovation Hub, Hillwalk Tours transformed from a tiny start-up of just two people to an award-winning organisation employing 16 people. This was no coincidence – the combination of working in an environment with other export-driven, like-minded entrepreneurs and the support and mentoring we received from George and his team have helped to drive us forward to achieve our potential

James Byrne

CEO, Hillwalk Tours

Our Team

George McCourt

George McCourt

Head of Innovation & Enterprise

Tel: +353 (0)91 742822

Maria Staunton

Maria Staunton

Mayo iHub Manager & EMPOWER Coordinator

Tel: +353 (0)94 9043198

Tony O'Kelly

Tony O'Kelly

New Frontiers Manager

Tel: +353 (0)91 742822

Sandra Nolan

Sandra Nolan

EMPOWER Programme Manager

Tel: +353 (0)94 9043198

Turlough Rafferty

Turlough Rafferty

Galway iHub Manager

Tel: +353 (0)91 742822

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