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.

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! 

Dedicated Space

Choose from fully serviced suites to co-working and virtual offices.

Full Service Supports

Avail of a range of services and supports to grow your business

Access Research & Development

Leverage innovation and research resources from GMIT and our partner networks.

Collaboration Opportunities

Engage academic and student Collaborator programmes.


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.

Results to Date




High Growth Start-Ups


Investment funding raised


Company Aquisitions


Still in business after 7 yrs


R&D Conducted with clients

What We Offer

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

Dedicated Offices

Start-Up Expertise

Co-working Spaces

Tech Themed Events

Connected Community

R&D Labs

Conference Space

Virtual Office

Enterpreneur Programmes

GMIT iHubs hosts two entrepreneurial programmes EMPOWER and New Frontiers.

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.

Recent News

2024 ATU Student Entrepreneur Awards

2024 ATU Student Entrepreneur Awards

More than 70 submissions were received from budding entrepreneurial students from across Atlantic Technological University (ATU) ahead of the upcoming Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards.As part of an awareness campaign of the Enterprise Ireland Student...

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 center 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

Maria Staunton

Maria Staunton

EMPOWER Programme Manager

Tony O'Kelly

Tony O'Kelly

New Frontiers Manager

Turlough Rafferty

Turlough Rafferty

Acting iHub Manager

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R&D Labs

Co-working Spaces

Virtual Office

Our Locations

ATU iHub Galway City

ATU iHub Mayo