Dear Partners and Friends,

Every year, since 2006, The Innovation Hub at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in Mayo has hosted a ‘Spirit of Entrepreneurship’ event. This year (its 14th year) is a collaborative event and is being run in association with the GMIT Innovation Hubs through the EMPOWER Programme.

The EMPOWER Programme is a free female entrepreneurship programme which is delivered GMIT Innovation Hubs in the Connacht-Ulster Alliance (CUA) of GMIT, IT Sligo and Letterkenny IT. It aims to fast track female-led businesses based in the West and North West of Ireland by addressing specific challenges hindering their development. The programme has two parts:
(i) EMPOWER START for early stage ideas or businesses less than 18 months old and (ii) EMPOWER GROWTH for females in business for two years or more. The programme is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

As well as celebrating entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity, we also use our event as a stage to inspire and encourage people from all walks of life, to help them to pursue their own business ideas. Over the years the event has grown from hosting a small number of attendees to several hundred, and it has become an important platform for our audience to gain valuable insight by listening to those who are successfully established in business. In 2020, EMPOWER EXPLORE was run online due to Covid restrictions. This year the event will also be delivered online in response to government guidelines.

Join us for a morning of thought-provoking speakers and leaders in their fields on Tuesday, 7th September 2021 for the next EMPOWER EXPLORE. This is a chance to engage and learn from some high profile male and female entrepreneurs in Ireland and abroad. It is also a chance to connect and network with fellow entrepreneurs. 

Pre-registration is required for this free event. Click HERE to secure your place now. Everyone is welcome to attend, both male and female! A full agenda will be published soon.

iHub Team


FREE 1-to-1 Innovation Voucher Consultations

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Wednesday, Sept 8th & Thursday Sept 9th


Who should attend?

If you are an entrepreneur or company with an innovative idea, product or process that requires assistance with making it market ready, this 1-to-1 consultation will greatly assist you in this process. Our team at the Medical and Engineering Technology Gateway, Galway are here to advise and support you in developing your idea. This FREE one-to-one consultation will take you through the process from start to finish. We are part of a nationwide network of technology gateways, each with their own set of expertise and we can help you find the right partner to support your needs.

MET Centre Overview

Located in Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology’s Galway campus, the Enterprise Ireland Medical and Engineering Technologies (MET) Gateway is an interdisciplinary applied research centre, dedicated to supporting Research, Development and Innovation activities in the MedTech, LifeSciences and Engineering sectors across five technology themes:

  • Medical Imaging Technologies that allow for prototype devices to be tested and evaluated under clinically relevant simulated use conditions.
  • Anatomical Modelling and Physiological Replication that translate medical data into engineering data and then into clinically relevant anatomical models with accompanying simulation systems.
  • Data Analytics and Visualisation: MET has expertise in data analytics and the visualisation of clinical data that inform the design of next generation medical device prototypes.
  • Design Engineering and Verification: offering services in prototyping and resign verification technologies such as CAD design; rapid prototyping, technical reviews and materials and product characterisation.
  • Medicinal Nutrition and Sport: with expertise in Nutrition and Sports Science, the research team assist the food industry in all aspects of novel food development including food analysis and testing, human intervention trials, product innovation, development and optimisation.


Other Upcoming Events

8th September 9am-1pm: Intertrade Ireland – Go 2 Tender Construction Workshop Register Here

8th September 2.30pm-4pm: Medical Technology Ireland – Innovations in Medical Device Adhesives Webinar Register Here

9th September 8am-10am: IBEC – Entrepreneur Round Table Register Here

9th September 9am-Noon: NDRC Masterclass – Corporate Innovation & Startups Register Here

9th September 11am-12.30pm: Science Foundation Ireland – Creating Our Future Community Activation Webinar Register Here

9th September 11am-1pm: WestBIC– Enterprise Ireland Competitive Start Fund Workshop Webinar Register Here

9th September 3pm-4.30pm: Science Foundation Ireland – Creating Our Future Research Community Activation Webinar Register Here

9th September: Bayer G4A – Health for All – A Digital Health Forum Register Here

13th to 17th September: KTI - UIDPCONNECT 2021 Strengthening University – Industry Partnerships Register Here

14th September 10am-Noon: LEO Clare – Women in Business – Building Resilience for Female Business Owners Register Here

14th September: Smart Health Summit Register Here

15th September Noon-1pm: IBEC – Networking in a Virtual World Masterclass Register Here

15th & 16th September: ODSC APAC Data Science Virtual Conference Register Here

16th September 10am-6pm: LEO Roscommon Business Advisory Clinic Register Here

17th – 19th September: NDRC Founder Weekend Register Here

20th September (Noon Application Deadline): LEO Donegal – Ambition Female Pre-Accelerator Programme Register Here

27th September 6.30-9.30pm: LEO Galway – Start Your Own Business 4-week Programme Register Here

28th & 29th September: MED-TECH INNOVATION EXPO UK & Ireland NEC Birmingham Register Here

20th & 21st October: Medical Technology Ireland Expo & Conference Register Here


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