Nine enterprise hubs around Galway city and county, including two subsidiary companies of Galway Chamber - Galway City Innovation District and Galway Technology Centre - have received close to €150,000 each in Government funding.
The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD, recently announced €8.24 million in grants for 95 enterprise centres across the State, under Enterprise Ireland’s Enterprise Centres Fund. Of that total, €913,901 will be divided between the Galway recipients.
Along with Galway City Innovation District and Galway Technology Centre, other Galway enterprise centres which will receive funding are Mobile Clipboard Ltd, Action Tuam, Ballinasloe Enterprise Centre, Bia Innovator Campus, GMIT Innovation Hubs, NUI Galway Business Innovation Centre, and SCCUL Enterprises.
Galway Chamber has welcomed the funding, with its president, JP Gilmartin saying: "This funding recognises the importance of our enterprise centres to support the start-up and scaling company ecosystem and as drivers of economic activity in this region. It will also help to secure much-needed jobs within Galway.”
Enterprise centres provide space and training for entrepreneurs, allowing them to under-take a process of concept validation through to developing scaling enterprises, access advice, and network with other business leaders.