LIT hopes new incubation centres will lay golden eggs

Mike Dwane

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Mike Dwane

LIMERICK Institute of Technology continues to expand its stable of start-up enterprises and plans to open three new incubation centres, starting with a base for fashion designers to sell their wares.

LIMERICK Institute of Technology continues to expand its stable of start-up enterprises and plans to open three new incubation centres, starting with a base for fashion designers to sell their wares.

Dr Maria Hinfelaar, director of LIT, said a new centre, the Irish Fashion Incubator, was “soon to be opened in heart of Limerick city”.

While it would primarily “draw its tenants from ranks of our own graduates at Limerick School of Art and Design”, none of LIT’s centres for start-ups was exclusive and anybody with an innovative business plan was welcome.

LIT continued to work with the Croom Development Association on plans to open a new enterprise centre in the county village and, following the merger of LIT with Tipperary Institute, another centre would be opening to Clonmel to work with the industrial base in south Tipperary.

The three new centres complement the work being done at LIT’s existing three bases - the Hartnett Centre at Moylish for technology start-ups; the recently opened centre in Thurles which already houses digital gaming enterprises and Limerick’s National Franchise Centre, which supports people either looking to take on an existing franchise or start a new one.

“Between the six, LIT together with all our partners will continue to spawn new companies, new jobs and an ecosystem which generates sustainable enterprise,” said Dr Hinfelaar.