About GatewayUCC

About GatewayUCC

‌GatewayUCC provides entrepreneurs and knowledge-based start-up companies with a comprehensive business support programme comprising of Mentoring, Access to Financial Advice, Seminars, one-to-one Consultancy, Workshops, introduction to Venture Capital Opportunities and Business Angels Programmes. Companies work in a uniquely supportive environment with access to UCC’s network of researchers and excellent support through linkages into academic departments.

GatewayUCC encompasses c. 1,400 sq m in total: 25 incubation units ranging in size from 15 sq m to 67 sq m and includes 400 sq m of ‘wet-lab’ space available to accommodate bio-technology companies. The Centre also contains 10 Hot Desk spaces for people who are at the pre-start-up stage providing a stimulating environment to nurture and explore the feasibility of their business opportunity.

For further information on how GatewayUCC can assist you in entrepreneurship and the development of spin-out companies please contact the manager at myriam.cronin@ucc.ie

Expressions of Interest

If you are interested in the assistance provided by GatewayUCC, download and complete our Expressions of Interest Form. This should be returned to:

Myriam Cronin

Contact Details:



Work Area:

Business Incubation


Martin Doyle, Director South and South East Region, Enterprise Ireland

Enterprise Ireland welcomes gatewayUCC Incubation Centre as a strategic partner in the development of successful knowledge-intensive, export focused, start-up companies. Companies such as 3Pro Energy Watch and Thinksmart Technologies located in the gatewayUCC facility are evidence of how investing in world class research has a key role in improving the international competitiveness of Ireland through supporting and facilitating the formation of technology companies based on UCC's Intellectual Property. Enterprise Ireland will continue to support and work closely with the Management of the gatewayUCC Centre to grow successful technology-led companies so vital to the success of the Irish economy.

Brendan O Brien, CEO Thinksmart Technologies Ltd

As a spin-out technology company in the optimization space, based in the gatewayUCC Incubation Centre, we at Thinksmart Technologies Ltd have benefited greatly from the supportive working environment provided by this modern facility. Proximity to research teams in the University has been essential to the on-going development and refinement of our product. We particularly appreciate the assistance given through coaching and mentoring and the strategic introductions provided by the gatewayUCC team.

Dr. Mark Ledwidge, CEO Nexphar

As a start up biotechnology company, Nexphar recognises the importance of a support system for early stage companies. The gatewayUCC Incubation Centre provides a dynamic and modern infrastructure that promotes interaction with both academic and industrial partners which is of enormous benefit to us at this stage in our development. An innovative and energetic environment is created and supported by a committed management team who are enthusiastic and resourceful in their support of start ups.


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