Kafa - Best Emerging Business Awards Winners
The creator of CBD Coffee Infusion has won the top prize in the GMIT New Frontiers Best Emerging Business Awards. Francis Bonner from Mayo has won €10,000, sponsored by KPMG, for his innovative technique of CBD infusion during coffee roasting. Using GMIT lab tested, legal and safe coffee infusions, Kaffa supply Well Bean Coffee to cafés throughout the county.
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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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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.
New Frontiers is Enterprise Ireland’s national enterpreneur development programme for early-stage start-ups. The programme is ran over three phases and delivered in GMIT Galway and Mayo campuses.
EMPOWER offers two separate programs, TÚS aimed at people who have a business idea they want to explore and FÁS (GROWTH) for entrepreneurs who are already in business and are looking to grow their business and to develop. EMPOWER has been on the scene since 2017, when...
AuriGen Medical, an Irish medical devices start-up has raised over €3 million through crowdfunding in just three weeks. The company, which is based at ATU iHub Galway City has developed a heart implant designed to treat both the stroke and arrhythmia risk associated...
ATU iHub Galway City client company InVera Medical is one of two medtech projects set to receive Government funding under the fourth round of the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF). The funding announced on the 16th December 2022 is the second tranche of...
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 center traffic!
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
Head of Innovation & Enterprise
EMPOWER Programme Manager
New Frontiers Manager
Acting iHub Manager