ATU Innovation Hub secures €45.75m of Disruptive Technologies Innovation Funding (DTIF)

Demonstrating a commitment to innovation and technological advancement, Atlantic Technological University’s (ATU) Innovation Hubs (iHubs) have achieved outstanding success within the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF), with its Galway iHub client companies securing €45.75m over the last five years, across twelve projects representing 12% of total funding awarded

ATU iHub client company Tympany Medical to benefit in €6.8 million sustainable disruptive technology funding

ATU iHub client company Tympany Medical, in collaboration with Invermed Teoranta, the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI), and The National College of Art & Design (NCAD), proudly announces a significant milestone in medical innovation with the endorsement of €6.8 million funding under Call 6 of the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF

ATU iHub client companies receive funding of €8.9 million announced for diverse and potentially life-changing disruptive technology projects

Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD and the Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, Dara Calleary TD, announced on Thursday 23rd November 2023 funding of a further €58.8 million to 12 new projects under the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF).

Rockfield Medical Devices Receives FDA Clearance for the Mobility+

ATU iHubs Galway City client company Rockfield Medical Devices Limited, a commercial-stage medical device company focused on developing solutions to transform the mobility and quality of life of tube feeders, today announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) 510(k) clearance of the Mobility+ Enteral Feeding System.


We are bigger! Our new extension has doubled the size of the ATU Innovation Hub Galway City 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 ATU Galway City & Mayo 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 ATU iHubs.

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Investment funding raised


Company Aquisitions


Still in business after 7 yrs


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Entrepreneur Programmes

ATU 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 ATU Galway City and Mayo campuses.

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

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Client Testimonials

Since the first visit to the ATU Innovation HubsGeorge McCourt has been a supporter and champion of both our company and the ecosystem that surrounds the start-up community here in Galway.

Very grateful to be part of this group of ambitious and innovative companies to learn and grow with the support of the iHub team and infrastructure

Liz McGloughlin

CEO, Tympany Medical

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 ATU 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. ATU 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 ATU 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 ATUs 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 ATU’s 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 ATU 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

The iHubs team have made the transition into our new workspace a seamless and enjoyable experience. There’s a vibrant buzz around the building with numerous start-ups all under one roof. The meeting rooms and breakout spaces are greatbright and colourful and having the medical imaging centre on our doorstep is an incredible resource. It’s an exciting time for us at SymPhysis and we’re really looking forward to the next few years in this energetic collaborative environment. 

Tim Jones

Co-founder, SymPhysis Medical

Our Team

George McCourt

George McCourt

Head of Innovation & Enterprise, ATU

iHub Galway Email

Tel: +353 (0)91 742869

Maria Staunton

Maria Staunton

ATU iHub Mayo Manager & EMPOWER Coordinator

iHub Mayo Email

Tel: +353 (0)94 9043198

Tony O'Kelly

Tony O'Kelly

ATU New Frontiers Manager

iHub Galway Email

Tel: +353 (0)91 742858

Turlough Rafferty

Turlough Rafferty

ATU iHub Galway City Operations Manager

iHub Galway Email

Tel: +353 (0)91 742869

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