EMPOWER EXPLORE 2021 registration now open!


GMIT Innovation Hubs are pleased to announce an exciting line-up of speakers for EMPOWER Explore 2021 which takes place online on 7 September, 2021 (9.30am to 1pm), focusing on the subjects of early stage investment for women entrepreneurs and blockchain technology.

Keynote speaker Anne Ravanona, founder of Global Invest Her and EU Delegation Member of the W20, will be interviewed by MC Susan HayesCulleton CFA, “The Positive Economist”, on the subject of securing early stage investment for female founders.

Several entrepreneurs will share their stories of how they have achieved success by embracing blockchain technology in their businesses, including Brenda Romero, CEO and co-founder of Romero Games, Mairead Mackle, founder and CEO of Tarasis Enterprises, Professor Joyce O’Connor, founding President of the National College of Ireland and co-founder and Chair of BlockW, Shane McCarthy, Founder & CEO of Irish Craft Beverages and Victoria Thompson Co-Founder and CEO at Orora.


Connacht Ulster Alliance (CUA) Welcomes €500,000 for its iHubs

The Presidents of the Connacht-Ulster Alliance (CUA) institutes welcome the announcement by the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar, TD, of €8.24 million in grants for 95 Enterprise Centres around the country under Enterprise Ireland’s Enterprise Centres Fund.


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


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

Dedicated Offices
Co-working Space
Virtual Office

Business Development Supports

Mentoring & Networking

collaboration opportunities

Engage Academic and Student Talent

Attend Networking Events

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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

The iHubs have been a huge help to Tection Sports. The New Frontiers programme run through the iHubs gave us the tools we needed to build the business from the ground up and refine our ideas and products. We are now selling our initial product offering in the marketplace. The recent renovation and extension of the iHubs has been amazing, the architecturally designed high-tech building has bright modern offices with a superb canteen and meeting room facilities along with a great networking environment. We highly recommend the GMIT iHubs for any budding entrepreneurs or growing SME’s in the city of the tribes.

Seán Hehir

CEO, Tection Sports

HeartPoint Global Ireland Ltd. were drawn to iHubs for its excellent location in the heart of Galway’s thriving medtech scene as well as the opportunities it offers for state of the art office and lab facilities in addition to providing access to expert support and services from MET. The collaborative environment provides excellent networking opportunities with like minded and similarly positioned MedTech companies.

John Burke

Head of R&D, Heartpoint Global

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

The GMIT Innovation Hub provides us with access to state-of-the-art offices, meeting rooms, co-working spaces and a wide array of digital audio/video facilities. Being in the iHUB positions our team within GMITs innovation ecosystem allowing us to benefit from a range of business supports and advice from the iHUB team. Most importantly, BlueWise Marine has been able access R&D performers within GMITs, Marine & Freshwater Research Centre who are providing vital scientific expertise to allow us to prove and develop novel service offerings for the Offshore Renewables Energy Industry using the latest autonomous technologies.

John Breslin

General Manager, BlueWise Marine

Highly recommend our home GMIT Innovation Hubs for any medtech and digital technology company based in Galway looking for state-of-the-art facilities, a strong network of like-minded high-impact startups, and access to cutting-edge research capabilities at MET Technology Gateway.



Stephen Cox

CEO, Venari Medical

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 742850

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 742858

Sandra Nolan

Sandra Nolan

EMPOWER Programme Manager

Tel: +353 (0)94 9043198

Turlough Rafferty

Turlough Rafferty

Operations Manager

Tel: +353 (0)91 742850

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Co-working Spaces

Virtual Office

Our Locations

GMIT iHub Galway

GMIT iHub Mayo