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12th March 2018

Clare Local Enterprise Awards

Congratulations to Hannah Wrixon, Get the Shifts winner of the Clare Local Enterprise Awards and Fintan Ward, Golf Voyager who took second place. Both Alumni of the New Frontiers Entrepreneur Development Programme in Limerick Institute of Technology. Hannah will continue on to represent Co Clare at the National Awards.

9th March 2018

Irish Accountancy Awards 2018

Congratulations to Kevin Deasy, Accounting Pro on making the shortlist for the Best Use of Technology in Accountancy and Finance Category at the Irish Accountancy Awards 2018, which will take place on the 26th April 2018.

7th February 2018

Free From Food Awards 2018 – Liberto Short-listed

Congratulations to Hartnett Centre Client, Liberto who are shortlisted in the Superfoods & Sports Supplements Category of the who are shortlisted in the Superfoods & Sports Supplements Category of the Free From Food Awards 2018 for their Coconut & Lemon Flavoured Organic Protein Shake which will take place on the 17th April 2018

26th February 2018

New Frontiers Alumni, Shane Ryan listed in The Sunday Business Post 100 Hot Start-ups

Click to read the feature

26th February 2018

Mompreneur Leonie Lynch features on EUMOM.ie

New Frontiers Alumni & LIT Graduate Leonie Lynch shares how she juggles being a mum & entrepreneur about to officially launch Juspy. Juspy will officially launch on Mother’s Day, 11th March.



13th February 2018

Ujet to create over 20 jobs at Shannon

Congratulations to Aidan O’Leary & Allan Dunne of Ujet, Alumni of the LIT LEAP Programme, on the announcement of their merger with US Company STS Component Solutions.

Ujet Group, an aircraft interior modification and refurbishment specialist is to create 28 jobs at its European Hub in Shannon over the next two years.

To read the full article on the Irish Independent click here.


30th January 2018

Liberto’s Organic Dark Chocolate Protein Shake named in the Top Ten best vegan protein shakes for 2018 by The Telegraph

Hartnett Centre Clients Liberto named in the Top Ten vegan Protein Shakes for 2018.

To read the full article click here

18th December 2017

Good variety on show for Bord Bia, EI and Teagasc accelerator

Launched five years ago, Food Works has helped 76 food and drink companies to develop and grow. They also secured more than €2m in EI funding. Bord Bia’s Eileen Bentley said that the nine companies selected for Food Works 2018 all demonstrated a strong product concept, or have already developed a product which meets a genuine market need. “Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc will work closely with each of these companies to provide the support they need to move to the next level in terms of product development, preparation of an investor ready business plan and ultimately scaling up for the export market,” she added. Of those selected this year are 3 Limerick Companies & Graduates of the New Frontiers at the Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre, LIT: Wellnice Foods, Feed and Juspy.

Read the full Biz Plus Article.

17th December 2017

Richie Commins, Flag Interview with Conall O’Móraín, Sunday Business Post.

Richie began developing the app when he was a final year Business Information Systems student at NUI Galway and is now a participant on the New Frontiers Programme in the Hartnett Centre.

The Flag app was just launched in December and allows passengers to travel and pay with no phone, card or cash, while ensuring the driver still gets paid. What makes Flag unique is its wallet-less option, where users upload a photo and create a personal account and if they have insufficient funds or no card they simply gives the driver their name and enters a pin on the driver’s app. The user’s photo then appears on the driver’s phone to confirm identity and the payment is taken from the user’s pre-registered card.

Listen to the Podcast - 42 mins in for 7 mins approx

1st December 2017

New Frontiers Participant Richie Commins to launch New Taxi “Flag” in Dublin this month

The app is similar to other taxi apps, but a feature unique to Flag is what is called “The wallet-less feature” – where users are required to upload a photo ID and create a personal digit pin code to secure an account. If a situation arises, such as a user’s phone dying, the user simply flags a taxi off the street, gives the driver their name and enters the four digit pin on the driver app. The user’s photo appears on the driver’s phone to confirm identity before the fare begins. Payment is processed from the user’s pre-registered card as normal upon arrival at the user’s destination.

Read the Article on BetterBusiness.ie

1st December 2017

Founders Friday, 1st December features Shane Ryan, FEED

New Frontiers Alumni Shane Ryan, Feed will have a fireside chat with host Peter Hunt.

29th November 2017

Think Business Features Accounting Pro, Kevin Deasy

Hartnett Centre Resident, Kevin Deasy shares why he took the leap into entrepreneurship, his journey so far and aspirations.

Read the full article on ThinkBusiness.ie

Kevin Deasy, Accounting Pro appears on Irish Tech News Podcast episode:

Kevin shares tips for people contracting or setting up a startup company and explains what Accounting Pro does. He shares details on his other company http://www.playbackservices.com and what it does and how it can cut down on collusion and fraud.


28th November 2017

LIT, one Ireland’s top organisations for fostering start-ups, celebrates 10 Years of the Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre

LIT celebrated the Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre’s tenth anniversary on the 28th of November in the Strand Hotel with a special celebration that brought together alumnus entrepreneurs, mentors, trainers, researchers and supporters to reflect, reconnect and recognise their achievements over the last decade. On the evening, the 2017 New Frontiers alumni received their Certificates of Completion and Special awards went to four alumni and two key supporters of New Frontiers.

Mark Cochrane of TrackPlan received the Startup of the Year award and won a valuable bundle of prizes. The company will get €5,000 worth of social media, branding and content production from Blue Chief, accountancy services for one year from Bridgewater Management, a day’s consultancy from Peevers Slye Cotter, a half day each from Discovery Partnership Ltd and Holmes O’Malley Sexton as well as €500 from the LIT Enterprise Ladder Fund and a free desk for six months from the Hartnett Centre.

Leonie Lynch won the One to Watch award, BJ Broderick a Special Commendation and the team of Chris Ryan and Kelly O’Brien won the Innovation Award.

LIT’s President, Vincent Cunnane presented a special award each to Jerry Moloney, Regional Director Mid-West at Enterprise Ireland and Aidan O’Driscoll of Irrus Investments to recognise their steadfast support of LIT’s work to initiate and accelerate entrepreneurship in its region.

Entrepreneurs supported through LIT’s centres have created more than 850 jobs, and have raised some €63 million in investment. This year marks 10 years since the first group of entrepreneurs graduated from LIT’s incubation programme (LEAP) at the Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre. Emutex, Resource Kraft and Episensor are just some of the global businesses, based in Limerick, founded by this initial group of graduates who are also celebrating their 10-year anniversary.

“The Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre was the first of LIT’s suite of support centres across its regions. This is a major milestone for LIT and it’s fantastic to look back at what we have achieved together with our many partners including Enterprise Ireland. The impact of these centres and the jobs created by the entrepreneurs we have supported is significant.” commented Prof. Vincent Cunnane, President of LIT.

22nd November 2017

Coping Effectively When Working Flat Out at Work
Book your place now!

Book by clicking here by 12.00 noon Tuesday, 21st November 2017

Organisations today are challenged to ensure their people are engaged in their business strategy, and the work they do is aligned to that; without that engagement, performance is sub-optimal. At an individual level people are working longer hours, handling multiple tasks and distractions, and often performing ineffectively; the personal cost can be stress and burn-out, with implications for their team and the organisation as a whole.

Frank’s talk is based on the work of Loehr and Schwartz, who brought their sports coaching findings into business. It prompts a heightened self-awareness, examining the energy we bring to work (and life), and explores practical strategies for how we can manage ourselves better.

Presenter: Frank Guy
Venue: Hartnett Centre Boardroom, First Floor
Time: 12:30 – 13:45
Lunch available from 12:00

17th November 2017

Limerick Chamber Business Awards Sponsored by LIT

LIT were the main sponsors of the Limerick Chamber Business Awards which saw companies vie for the top awards across 11 categories at the Limerick Strand Hotel to around 450 guests. The awards are co-ordinated by LIT together with the Chamber and judges from across several external organisations and sectors and are designed to recognise, celebrate and showcase the best companies and organisations in the region.

The winners were CloudCards (Innovative Start-up); ON Semiconductor (Innovation RD&I Award); Conack Construction (SME); Roadbridge (Large Business); Flannerys Bar (Family Business); Kirby Group (Contribution to Community); H&MV Eng (Business Service Provider); Tuscany Bistro (Retail/Food Service); Hunt Museum (Culture, Hospitality & Tourism); Limerick Suicide Watch (Community/Voluntary Sector); HOMS (Best Employer: Talent Development and Workplace Wellness). The overall winner on the night was Roadbridge who employ 1,000 and growing. The President’s award went to former Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan.

17th November 2017

New Entrepreneur in Residence for the Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre

LIT were delighted to announce at the recent Limerick Chamber Business Awards, for which LIT are the main sponsor, and to the ovation of more than 450 guests that the new Entrepreneur in Residence for the Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre is former Senior Vice President of the Industrial, Healthcare and Consumer Business Group of Analog Devices Inc (ADI). ADI is a global leader in high-performance semiconductor products and solutions that can interpret the world around us by intelligently bridging the physical and digital domains with unmatched technologies that sense, measure and connect. Dick joined Analog Devices Limerick in 1979 as a design engineer and throughout his 37-year career has held leadership positions in engineering and business, culminating with his most recent position managing a multi-billion-dollar business group. Prior to that Dick led a worldwide R&D organization of over 2000 engineers, that brought over 200 industry leading new products to market every year. From Limerick and educated at CBS Sexton Street, Dick graduated from University of Limerick in 1979 with BEng Electronic Systems and has lived in Boston and Limerick with his family throughout his career. Dick joins Pat McGrath of PM Group and John McNamara of BCM as Entrepreneurs in Residence at LITs enterprise centres. We have no doubt that his support and contribution to the startups in the Hartnett Centre will be significant.

9th November 2017

Wellnice Foods & Liberto feature in Food & Drinks Matters

Wellnice Foods, New Frontiers Alumni BJ Brodericks company and Lavida Foods, Liberto, Hartnett Centre Resident feature on Food & Drink Matters.

Click to read the article

9th November 2017

Get the Shifts short-listed for Innovative Startup at the Limerick Chamber Business Awards

Congratulations to Hannah Wrixon, a New Frontiers Alumni and her team on their short-listing, best of luck at the final.

8th November 2017

Nualtra winners at the Smart Ageing Innovation Awards 2017

Congratulations to Paul Gough, Nualtra, a New Frontiers Alumni for winning the Food & Drink Category at the ISAX’s Smart Ageing Innovation Awards 2017.

2nd November 2017

Leonie Lynch, Juspy in the Startup Spotlight in Limerick Magazine

New Frontiers Alumni Leonie Lynch is under the spotlight in this month’s Limerick Magazine.

Juspy is a lifestyle brand which is just about to launch their first product Juspy Momme, a readymade drink with the postnatal mother in mind. It was specially formulated for the new mother who is tired, stressed and trying to re-establish a good relationship with her body. Understanding new mothers are often too busy to think about their own nutrition, this product is a mix of ingredients with gives women a healthy boost throughout their day.

“The New Frontiers Programme was brilliant because I became really good friends with two other foodies within the group who were also successful in getting on the Food Works Programme”, she said. “They help me so much because they have been there and done that and are much further along the sales journey than me”, she continued. She also said that her business advisors from the programme have been constant guides and helped her figure out the best course of action.

Read the article

1st November 2017

Founders Friday, 3rd November features Leonie Lynch, Juspy

Leonie Lynch, New Frontiers Alumni will be interviewed by BJ Broderick (another New Frontiers Alumni) at this week’s Founders Friday at Mother Macs.


31st October 2017

WebPort Global name Wellnice Pops Business of the week

Congratulations to BJ Broderick, New Frontiers Alumni’s company Wellnice Pops who have been named business of the week by WebPort Global.

23rd October 2017

Wild Irish Seaweed to double production in West Clare

New Frontiers Alumni, Evan Talty company Wild Irish Seaweed is set to double its production and increase its workforce following a €200,000 investment.

Based in Quilty, Wild Irish Seaweed will benefit from a €50,000 investment from Alison Cowzer of Dragon’s Den, which has been matched by a similar figure from Clare Local Enterprise Office (LEO). The Talty family are investing a further €100,000 into their business. The company currently has a workforce of 13, including seven full-time employees and six harvesters.

“The investment will upgrade our facilities, which will double our production. This will lead to us creating up to ten full and part-time jobs,” Evan Talty of Wild Irish Seaweed said.“We are delighted to have Minister Breen visiting to mark our expansion, which will create additional job opportunities in West Clare,” he added.

Click to read the article: Clare Herald, Breaking News & Department Business, Enterprise & Innovation

18th October 2017

Food Works

Congratulations to our New Frontiers Alumni Leonie Lynch, Juspy, BJ Broderick, Wellnice Pops and Shane Ryan, Feed who secured places on the Food Works Programme. Food Works is a programme for companies that have an innovative food product that satisfies a genuine market need and has an ambition for global success. Food Works is run by three government agencies, Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc, who have worked together since 2012 to support innovative food businesses in Ireland. So far, Food Works has helped more than 70 Irish food entrepreneurs scale their businesses.

16th October 2017

'Failure helped me hit the ground running'

Shane Ryan, an alumni of the New Frontiers Programme in LIT shares how success has not come easy. From the failure of the first business Shane had learnt some valuable lessons, including the fact that he needed to produce something that would work in a retail context, and that he would need a strong team around him to make it work. FEED is available now in selected Supervalu and Dunnes Stores outlets as well as independent retailers. Click to read the Independent.ie Article

5th October 2017

Irish Times Innovation Awards

Innovation awards finalist TippyTalk features in the Irish Times, Rob Laffan designed product to help autistic daughter. Read the article in the Irish Times. He will compete with 20 other finalists – view their details.

2nd October 2017

Smart Ageing Innovation Awards 2017

Congratulations to Nualtra, an Alumni of New Frontiers who have been shortlisted in the food and drink category for the Smart Ageing Innovation Awards 2017.

The Smart Ageing economy is a new, emerging and growing global economy related to consumers aged 50+. The term includes all economic activities that concern older adults and meet their demands and requirements.

The Smart Ageing Innovation Awards aims to recognize and celebrate innovative products, services, and technologies, across multiple sectors that help to improve the quality of life of consumers aged 50+, and so raise awareness of and strengthen the Irish Smart Ageing Economy. They will illustrate the breadth of the consumer markets and the size of the opportunities available for entrepreneurs, investors, public authorities and civil society.

30th September 2017

Congratulations to New Frontiers Alumni Caroline Rigney, Rigney’s Farmhouse Foods Ltd, who took gold for their Goji Berry and Flame Raisin granola at the awards & Conan McDonnell, Beeactiv who received a silver award for their Irish Blossom Honey

18th September 2017

Nationwide features the Urban Co-Op

The Urban Co-Op, the first co-operative grocery store in Limerick - owned, controlled and operated by its members. Its sells wholesome food at affordable prices and is operated by the community for the community. Their aim is to create a sustainable Limerick and membership is open to everyone!

HEAC Client Conan McDonnell, Beeactive features on Nationwide tonight with his bees. Among the suppliers are New Frontiers Alumni Wellnicepops veggie ice pops and Rigneys Farmhouse Foods granola and Leap Participant, Swamy Sannaverrappa’s Near 2 Nature health bars.

Currently available to watch on rteplayer

5th September 2017

Common truths about sales

An Informal talk where participation is encouraged with the content geared towards current and future leaders where the focus will include: -

- Sales execution framework
- Transparency - Sales is 90% science and 10% art
- Testing - Building perspectives based on facts
- Questions to focus on as a leader

Presenter: Vinnie Lynch

An opportunity to meet HEAC Clients, Alumni, Founders, Leaders and more. Are you involved in selling? Going to be selling? Leading a sales team? Be sure to attend.
To book click here
by 12.00 noon Tuesday, 26th September 2017


4th September 2017

Wellnice Pops adopted into prestigious Google Startup Programme

Congratulations to New Frontiers Alumni BJ Broderick & business partner Trin O’Brien who secured a place on the intensive 12 week mentoring programme.

At the end of the programme, eight successful startups will also get the opportunity to showcase the improvements in their business as a result of the programme and to pitch their business plans to members of Google Ireland’s leadership team, as well as prominent figures from the Irish startup community. The winning startup will receive €10,000 in AdWords credit as well as eligibility for the Google Cloud programme which comes with $100,000 Google Cloud credit.

Articles available on Limerick Leader & Irish Tech News


15th August 2017

Innovation Support Seminar 2017

To register for this event, please click here


11th August 2017

Congratulations to Beeactiv named as finalists in the  Blas na nEireann Awards for their Raw Ivy Honey and Irish Blossom Honey


9th August 2017

Beeactiv wins 2 gold stars at the Great Taste Awards.  Congratulations.


9th August 2017

New Frontiers Information Session - Wednesday 9th August 2017 @ 6-7pm

To book a place at the Information Session click here
To apply use the online application form.


8th August 2017

Institute Designers Ireland announce its Irish Design Award Finalists

Congratulations to Gillian Horan, The Pudding New Frontiers Alumni and her team for being shortlisted in the logo category of the Institute of Designers Ireland.


1st August 2017

New Frontiers

New Frontiers is a programme funded by Enterprise Ireland (EI) and delivered by the Hartnett Centre at LIT. Applications for 2017/18 are now open until 16th August.


24rd July 2017

Rob Laffan interviewed on Limerick Today on Live95FM

Gillian speaks to LIT dad, Rob Laffan on the recent award nomination and success of his device TippyTalk, which assists people with conditions such as autism to communicate verbally. Podcast available

24rd July 2017

The Irish Times Innovation Awards 2017 – Shortlist Revealed

Alumni of New Frontiers, Rob Laffan’s company Tippy Talk has been shortlisted in the IT & Telecommunications category.


23rd July 2017

Shane Ryan features on RTÉ 1 Radio Business Show

Recent Alumni of New Frontiers shares his journey on Sunday’s Business show on RTÉ 1 Radio his transition from working in hospitality to setting up his first business, then FEED 3.0.

Podcast available.


19th July 2017

Facebook establish SME council in Ireland

Facebook is to establish an SME Council in Ireland as it aims to grow its usage amongst small businesses here. They are trying to increase the number of companies that use its business tools to communicate with customers and make sales, with the council acting as a way of spreading its message among the business community.

The council will also serve to offer feedback to the social media giant, to give it a better idea of what local businesses need in order to expand online.

New Frontiers Alumni BJ Broderick, Wellnice Pops have been invited to join the Council.

Facebook SME Client Council.

Articles available on The Irish Times, RTE News & Wellnice Pops Blog

11th July 2017

Fora.ie 'It's easy on social media to look successful. I was all smiles online but a mess inside'
From managing hotels in the Middle East, Shane Ryan came back to Ireland to launch a healthy food startup. Shane shares his personal journey with fora.ie (click to read article)

3rd July 2017

Conall Ó Móráin interviews Wellnice Pops – BJ & Trín

BJ & Trín share their story to date, the support they received from the Local Enterprise Office, the New Frontiers ProgrammeLIT & the Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre and their Enterprise Ireland Mentor Ronan O’Farrell. 

Wellnice Pops are available throughout the country check your local health food shop and in numerous SuperValu shops, the urban co-op Limerick and Strand Hotel Limerick.

29th June 2017

The Limerick Magazine - Startup Spotlight – Evan Talty

Evan shares Wild Irish Seaweeds  journey and how Enterprise Ireland, LIT’s Hartnett Centre and New Frontiers helped them on their journey "from  being a farmer's market seller to a main stream business operation".

Following their appearance on Dragons Den in which they received investment from Alison Cowser Evan explained that "a lot of people commented on how well we pitched and asked how we managed it, and again it was down to New Frontiers and having to pitch with them every two months, so we were well primed by then!".

Read the full story on The Limerick Magazine by clicking here  (page 46-47)


12th June 2017

For further information visit http://www.hartnettcentre.ie/newfrontiers.php or click here for the online application form.


1st June 2017

New Frontiers Information Evening - Wednesday 19th July 2017 @ 6pm


29th May 2017

Five start-ups to look out for in 2017
Wellnice, is one of The Independent’s “Five start-ups to look out for in 2017” – read the article on independent.ie

19th May 2017

FEED launches in SuperValu
Congratulations to Shane and team on the launch of FEED, currently available in Dublin. For further information check http://eatfeed.ie/

15th May 2017

Wellnice Pops launch their veggie ice pops
Trin & BJ, are on a mission to spread the veggie love, one pop at a time.. Juice, it’s not just for drinking! #VegetableSucks. For further information & stockists check http://www.wellnicepops.ie/stockists.html

11th May 2017

Golf Voyager win the ITB China award in Shanghai.
Congratulations to Conor Galvin and Fintan Ward on their win today at the ITB China awards. ITB China Startup Award is an exciting event within ITB China. It recognizes companies that turned dreams and ideas into viable business solutions with great market potential.

8th May 2017

Success at Dragons Den for Wild Irish Seaweed.
Congratulation to Evan and Gerard Talty who secured investment from Alison Cowzer on Dragon's Den last night.

8th May 2017

Padraig Harrington Partners with GolfVoyager.com
Golf Voyager, a New Frontiers Alumni and resident of LIT's City Incubator has announced a partnership with Padraig Harrington. The three-time Major champion will join Golf Voyager as its first brand ambassador.

www.GolfVoyager.com and their Powered by Golf Voyager tool are innovative user centric smart tech solutions to enable anyone to build and book anything from a simple golf holiday to multi-tiered complex golf holiday itinerary in a very simple and quick way and without needing human interaction from Golf Voyager (there is no need for emails and calls before you book). They think of everything – its full customer journey mapping at its best.

5th May 2017

The Limerick Magazine - Startup Spotlight – Rob Laffan, Tippy Talk
Rob Laffan created the Tippy Talk app to allow a person with a verbal disability communicate pictures into text messages that can be sent to a family member or caregivers phone.
Click to read the full story

4th May 2017

>Congratulations to Rob Laffan, Tippytalk who are through to the final of the Startup Awards 2017 which will take please on the 18th May in the Mansion House, Dublin.

28th April 2017

Congratulations to Golf Voyager who have been shortlisted for the ITB China Startup Award

ITB China Startup Award is an exciting event within ITB China. It recognizes companies that turned dreams and ideas into viable business solutions with great market potential. Pre-selected innovators from startup companies who launched their products less than three years ago will demonstrate their innovative solutions before the jury containing of experienced industry professionals. The innovators will have the chance to explain how their product will impact the future of the travel industry during an 8 minute pitch. The winner voted by the jury will receive the first ITB China Startup Award. The pitches will take place on the 11th May 2017.

26th April 2017

Congratulations to our New Frontiers Participants & Alumni and Enterprise Clients who were short-listed in the Bank of Ireland Start up Awards 2017 Get the Shifts, Tippytalk, BeeActiv Ltd & Solofy

6th April 2017

Congratulations to Conan McDonnell, Beeactiv who was short-listed in the category All Stars Food & Drink Business of the year and Hannah Wrixon, Get the Shifts who were short-listed for the All Stars Start-up of the year. For further information:http://bizallstarawards.ie/winners

31st March 2017

New Frontiers

29th March 2017

Liberto scoops top spot at UK 2017 Free From Food Awards in the Pizza & Pasta Category

Liberto’s Organic Edamame Fettuccine, has been announced as the Gold Medal winner of the 2017 UK Free From Food Awards in the Pizza & Pasta category. Liberto was competing side by side with great brands such as UK’s Doves Farm & Italy’s Riso Gallo .  The award was presented by Antony Worrall Thompson before 350 guests at the Royal College of Physicians, London, last Tuesday night.   Liberto is a range of quality and delicious products, full of nature’s goodness that also happen to be gluten free & organic.

Awards DirectorMichelle Berriedale-Johnson , when preparing to announce Liberto as the winner, shared some of the judges comments: ‘Clever! Nice and interesting texture with a zingy green note. Great nutritional profile – and low carb! Really like it!’

Speaking about the event, Antony Worrall Thompson, long term patron of the awards, said ‘It is amazing how much has changed in just ten years. All credit to the pioneering small producers [like Liberto] who have followed their dreams to create wonderful free from foods – to the supermarkets who have backed them – and to the Free From Food Awards who have encouraged and celebrated them!’

Based in the Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre, LIT, Limerick, Liberto was founded by two passionate foodies, Máiréad Maher & Marek Mlynarczyk. Speaking about the award, Mairead said “At Liberto, we believe we all deserve to be able to eat a healthy, wholesome diet that is full of natural, wholesome and safe to eat ingredients. We are so honoured and excited that the UK Free From Awards have recognised this in such a wonderful way!“  Mairead also had a special word of thanks for the retailers working with them, the Limerick Local Enterprise Office and LIT who have supported the brand’s launch. “Without their support, people would not have the opportunity to share our dream for a healthier more natural life.”

Liberto has recently launched in Supervalu and Dunnes Stores. It is also available from  Independent Irish Health Foods, several independent health food stores nationwide and various outlets in the UK.

For more information on the awards and to see the full list of winners, go to  www.freefromfoodawards.co.uk

22nd February 2017

Congratulations to Mark Cochrane, Trackplan who have been shortlisted for the “Best Use of Technology” in the Facilities Management Awards. Launched in 2014, the Facilities Management Awards is the premier awards programme for benchmarking excellence within Ireland's FM sector.

3rd February 2017

Congratulations to Shane Ryan, New Frontiers Participant and founder of Feed, for winning a place on this year's AIB Startup Academy. The 14 finalists will compete for the Academy's coveted top prize, which is worth e200,000.

27th January 2017

Lavida Food launch Liberto

H.E.A.C. residents Lavida Food Ltd, have launched their innovative, healthy & organic lifestyle food brand Liberto. The concept was created, nurtured and developed by Lavida founders Máiréad & Marek, two passionate foodies who feel strongly that delicious, high quality, wholesome gluten free food should be something everyone can enjoy without compromise, foods that treat your body like it is someone you love. Currently Liberto includes a range of very unusual pastas made from pure beans (Edamame or Black Bean) & a range of patés and sauces suitable for a vegan diet and there are plans to develop it further in 2017. All the pastas are high in protein & fibre and contain 400% less carbohydrates than regular wheat pasta. The initial market response has incredibly positive. In Ireland Liberto has already neen listed by Dunnes Store and Supervalu and in the UK, they have secured listings with Holland & Barrett, Ocado, Amazon UK, Whole Foods Market and all the major health food wholesalers. For more information, visit www.loveliberto.com

23rd January 2017

Congratulations to Adrian Fleming, Accuvio who won the Mid-West Regional Awards of Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur 2017.

18th January 2017

NVMdurance launches Aviator to accelerate adoption of 3D NAND

NVMdurance, with its unique approach to characterising flash memory devices, has launched NVMdurance Aviator, a new product which complements their existing Navigator and Pathfinder products that enables deployment of 3D NAND flash in the most challenging applications. NAND flash memory is used in many applications, including SSDs, mobile phones, tablets, USB drives and memory cards.
Click here to read the full announcement

16th December 2016

Evan Talty, Wild Irish Seaweed win Best Established Business in the County Clare IBYE Awards.
Visit Wild Irish Seaweed's website.

15th December 2016

Tippy Talk are helping children and adults all over the world communicate this Christmas. It started with one father, Rob communicating with his daughter Sadie.
Click to see their story.

5th December 2016

Congratulations to Kelly O’Brien, CDK Technology for winning Limerick’s IBYE Award Best New idea Pre-Trading. Kelly & Chris are currently participating on the New Frontiers Programme in LIT. Adrian Fleming, Accuvio a former resident of the Hartnett Centre won the Best Established Business Category. They will both compete in the Regional Finals in January 2017.

Kelly O’Brien & Christopher Ryan, CDK Technology

24th November 2016

Congratulations to Conan McDonnell of Beeactiv their Irish Blossom Honey was awarded a Silver Medal in the 2016 Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Awards. Their Raw Ivy Honey was also awarded Best New Food & Drink Product by the Irish Health Trade Association at the Natural Health Expo in the RDS. The IHTA represents independent health food stores throughout Ireland.

11th November 2016

Caroline Rigney wins the best emerging food award in her category at the Listowel Food Fair for her Goji Berry and Flame Raisin Granola. Congratulations.

7th November 2016

Stress Test the Business Idea, Questum.

Link to Flyer

27th October 2016

VT Networks: Finding a business through the Internet of Things.

Will Ferguson & Mark Bannon, VT Networks

Click to read the Irish Times Article

26th September 2016

Launch of Enterprise Ireland New Frontiers Programme at LIT Cements Institute’s Role as Home of Enterprise in the Mid-West.

Participants being inducted onto Enterprise Ireland’s New Frontiers programme at LIT today were told that they are joining the home of enterprise in the Mid-West.

LIT will be running Enterprise Ireland’s New Frontiers programme for the next 5 years in the Mid-West. Companies on the LIT New Frontiers programme in 2015/2016 raised over €5 million, and have helped create almost 200 jobs

Speaking to participants at their induction onto the programme at the Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre in LIT, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell-O’Connor said, “Supports such as the Enterprise Ireland New Frontiers programme are all the more crucial now in the current trading environment where companies need to be all the more competitive. I would urge anyone with a business idea to consider applying to this important entrepreneur development programme".

Vice President for Research Enterprise and Development at LIT, Dr. Liam Brown, said “New Frontiers is the national entrepreneurship programme for early stage high-potential start-up companies. It is a tremendously important programme for enterprise and entrepreneurship in the Mid-West, and we in LIT are particularly proud of our role in the programme.

“I wish our latest participants the very best in their efforts, and we look forward to providing them with the support and infrastructure they need to succeed."

New Frontiers is a three phase programme designed to help early stage emerging high potential startups (HPSUs). The 2016 cohort of 12 Entrepreneurs in LIT were chosen via a very competitive process from across industry sectors. The Entrepreneurs will have access to key industry experts, consultants, focussed training and mentoring. They also receive a €15k stipend from Enterprise Ireland (EI) and assigned a personal Development Advisor with opportunities for funding from EI or Local Enterprise Offices, business angel and VC networks, and LIT’s own Enterprise Ladder Fund (ELF) or Ryan Entrepreneurship Fund for Tipperary managed by LIT.

The Enterprise Ireland New Frontiers programme is run nationally and is now one of the largest employment generators in the country. Companies on the LIT New Frontiers programme alone in 2015/2016 have helped create almost 200 jobs to date and raised more than €5m while on New Frontiers.

LIT has 5 core enterprise, incubation and acceleration centres across Limerick and Tipperary as well as supporting 2 community enterprise centres and strong growing applied Research & Development office supporting research and development to startups and SME’s right through to large multinationals.

In addition to New Frontiers LIT run a number of short programmes and masterclasses to support enterprise development in the region with our partners and collaborators in UL, LEO, EI and the Chambers of Commerce as well as private enterprise.

Entrepreneurs listed on the programme include; BJ Broderick, Christopher Ryan, Kelly O’Brien, Dylan Commons, Mark Corchrane, John Bond, Leonie Lynch, Mark Boda, Claire Bannon, Kirsty O’Kelly, Edmond Burke, Shane Ryan and Alan Dormer.

31st August 2016

NVMdurance “Flash Memory Device and Control Method” patent granted in China.

NVMdurance, with its unique approach to extending the endurance of flash devices has announced that patent number ZL 20`0 8 0052625.2; NVMD-002CN developed by Joe Sullivan and Conor Ryan, both of Limerick, Ireland, has been granted in China for “A Flash Memory Device and Control Method. Read more here...

28th July 2016

Congratulations to Caroline Rigney both her granola products received stars at the Great Taste Awards – Her Goji berries and flame raisins granola won 2 stars and her granola with whole pecans, almonds, cinnamon, dates won 1 star.

30th June 2016

Sonarsim demo their software at Smartbay Subsea Observatory Launch http://irishtechnews.net/ITN3/smartbay-subsea-observatory-off-galway-coast-goes-live/

28th June 2016

Irish technology company, NVMdurance, extending the life of solid state discs (SSDs), has today launched a white paper that provides detailed information on how machine learning can optimize the trade-offs between storage capacity, endurance and data retention of flash memory products. Click here to read the white paper.

9th June 2016

LIT New Frontiers Start-up Companies raise €2m in investment and expect to employ more than 200 people by the end of 2016.

Nine start-up companies based in LIT’s Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre have raised almost €2 million in funding so far this year and are expected to employ 200 people by the end of this year. Their potential value is estimated to be worth €20 million annually to the economy.

The nine companies – all of which are early stage innovative start-ups supported by LIT EI New Frontiers Programme – were among those recognised at LIT Startup Awards Ceremony, hosted by LIT today.

Read the full article on the LIT website.

8th June 2016

NewFrontiers.ie Features Evan Talty – Wild Irish Seaweed.

Wild Irish Seaweed is a great example of an Irish company combining a heritage product with modern-day business practices. Originally founded in 2009 by Gerard and Eileen Talty, the family business has grown from strength to strength... Read the article on the New Frontiers blog.

6th May 2016

Tannian Innovations Ltd launch Exximo

Congratulations to Laura Taylor, a participant on New Frontiers 2015 on the launch of their first device Exximo, the latest innovation for removing compression hosiery. Available to purchase on http://www.exximo.com/

5th May 2016

Congratulations to Temple Diary participants on the 2014 New Frontiers Programmes they have been shortlisted in the category Food and Drink Entrepreneurial Startup of the Bank of Ireland Startup Awards). Also shortlisted in their categories were: Wild Ireland, UJet (NFC) & Eirchrom (Questum)

2nd May 2016

TODAY FM’s Dermot & Dave Boost Business
Hear their jingle and interview with BeeActiv’s owner Conan McDonnell

17th April 2016

Applications are invited for the New Frontiers Phase 1 Entrepreneur Development Programme and will remain open until 5pm on Sunday the 8th May 2016.

Please send your application form to newfrontiers@lit.ie

16th April 2016

Inspiring Young Innovators… The Inestimable Gillian Barry

15th April 2016

Blue Chief Social & Simvirtua participants on the New Frontiers Programme 2012 & 2013 featured in the ‘Hot 100 StartUps’ list published by the Sunday Business Post.

7th April 2016

Pictures from the 2016 ITLG Young Innovators Event at Shannon Airport

5th April 2016

GMT Connect secures €250,000 Investment for their IOT (Internet Of Things) Vehicle Tracking Device.

GMT Connect is currently celebrating its second round of funding in a deal worth over a quarter of a million euro which will see the company grow its staff base to 10 people within the next 12 months. Established in 2009, GMT has developed an adaptable product which enables on-line vehicle supervision; this includes remote tracking, deactivation of stolen vehicles via ‘safe engine cut off’, monitoring and accident reconstruction.

GMT’s multi-function unit supports fleet vehicles, insurance companies, security companies, leased vehicles, company cars, farm machinery, privately owned vehicles and lone workers. Its products can monitor driver behaviour and vehicle metrics, enabling a company to have full visibility on its assets at any given time; such visibility includes food storage unit temperature, fuel consumption, tire pressure, alerts if the driver is distracted, speeding, making aggressive lane changes etc. Emergency communication options are also available such as cameras, speakers, microphones and panic buttons, connected to a 24hr Call Centre.

Speaking about the announcement, the companies Director Glenn Pearson has said “we are looking towards the future now, capitalising on international markets and growing our business from Limerick. GMT connect has already won some major contracts in Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom and the UAE so I’m happy to say, that the outlook is very positive. Thus far, we have been very fortunate in terms of local support, in the form of VC investment from Averian Investments, ongoing office and consultancy from Bridgewater, development support from LIT’s LEAP programme, LEO and Enterprise Ireland. I believe that the backing we have received is testament to the eco-system that Limerick has right now and the great support that is out there for technology companies like ours”. http://www.gmtconnect.com/gmt-connect-secures-investment/

27th March 2016

NVMdurance secures €2.23m in venture funding

Tech start-up NVMdurance will create up to ten jobs this year, having completed a €2.23 million Series A funding round with existing investors New Venture Partners, ACT Venture Capital, Enterprise Ireland and the National Digital Research Centre (NDRC).
The company will use the funding to “prove to the market” technology developed over 13 years to extend the lifespan of the flash memory used in laptops, mobile phones and GPS devices, said Pearse Coyle, chief executive, NVMdurance.
“Our strategy is to make a success of our early customers and to prove to the market that the product really works,” said Coyle. “Flash is replacing hard disks, but the problem is that it wears out. Our technology allows it to last about ten times longer.”
The technology was developed by NVMdurance founders Joe Sullivan and Conor Ryan, who brought entrepreneur Coyle on board in 2012, after the NDRC invested in the firm during its research phase.
The NDRC was also among the same group that invested €250,000 in seed funding in the company three years ago. Coyle said NVMdurance would create up to ten firmware engineering and commercial jobs this year. The company has secured a contract with Altera, the Intel-owned manufacturer of programmable logic devices.
“They make a flash memory controller and they’ve launched a solution that combines our technology with theirs,” said Coyle. “We now have a number of clients committed to deploying our technology, two of which have provided revenue advances alongside this Series A funding round. The funding will help us expand sales and marketing efforts as well as grow our engineering team.”
NVMdurance employs ten people and has offices in the Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre Limerick and San Jose, California. https://www.nvmdurance.com/sundaybusinesspost-27-03-16/

25th January 2016

VT Networks has raised €1.2m and says it is on target to connect 1m devices by the end of 2017

Congratulations to Will Ferguson, an alumni of New Frontiers, LIT and his co-founder Mark Bannon. Click to read full Silicon Report article.

15th December 2015

The latest LIT Research Enterprise & Development Newsletter has just been published. You can read it online here Research, Enterprise & Development Newsletter Issue 6

19th November 2015

Congratulations to Hannah Wrixon, Last Minute Minders for taking Bronze in the Service Startup category at the BOI Startup Awards. Details of all winners are available at http://www.startupawards.ie/2015-winners

6th November 2015

Congratulations to Rob Laffan, Tippy Talk a current participant on the New Frontiers Programme who accepted the award of Innovative Student Engineer of the Year at the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards on the 5th November.

2th November 2015

Last Minute Minders takes bronze at the Boots maternity & infant awards bronze for the Best Family/Kids App, congratulations to Hannah & her team.


30th October 2015

Caroline Rigney, Rigney Farmhouse Foods featured on RTÉ's programme Rachel's Coastal Cooking

Caroline Rigney, Rigney Farmhouse Foods a current participant on the New Frontiers Programme featured on RTÉ's programme Rachel's Coastal Cooking. 

Watch it here

27th October 2015

Hannah Wrixon shortlisted for the 2015 Bank of Ireland Startup Awards

Congratulations to LIT's New Frontiers Participant Hannah Wrixon whose business Last Minute Minders has been shortlisted for the regional 2015 Bank of Ireland Startup Awards. The national shortlist will announced on the 28th October 2015.


27th October 2015

Rob Laffan of Sadiecom Ltd. discusses his product TippyTalk on RTÉ news

Rob Laffan inventor of TippyTalk, a current participant on the New Frontiers Programme in the Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre and a past student of LIT’s Industrial Automation and Robotics Systems makes the RTÉ news. Inspired by his daughter Sadie, Rob has developed a touch screen device that allows children to communicate by transferring pictures to text message.


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14th October 2015

FBD’s Clare Business Excellence Awards

Congratulations to Fintan Ward & Conor Galvin, Golf Voyager for winning The Clare Innovation in Business Award, sponsored by Bank of Ireland. The category was open to any Clare business could demonstrate how their innovative ideas, processes or techniques have had a positive impact on the success of the business.
Judges wanted to see evidence of how initiatives were planned and implemented, and how ideas have been developed into successful business improvements.

The finalists in alphabetical order are:
Gentian Services Ltd
Golf Voyager
Mint-Tek Circuits Ltd

The winner of this award identified an important gap in the market and has created an innovative product which has been very successful, and continues to evolve. The challenges faced have been overcome and growth potential looks to be very significant

Fintan Ward, Co-Founder of Golf Voyager Ltd., accepts the award at the FBD Clare Business Excellence Awards 2015 which were held at Treacy’s West County Hotel in Ennis recently.

8th October 2015

Startup Gathering - Limerick

As part for the Startup Gathering Limerick the New Frontiers Foundathon was hosted at the Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre. The event was attended by LIT's & IT Tralees New Frontiers Participants. Eoin Costello, Start Up Ireland opened the session and invited guests Aine Gleeson www.wowwee.ie, Mike Gargiulo www.thedeliveryguys.ie,Michael Hartnett www.dionergy.com, Conan McDonnell www.ivyhoney.com, and Emma Moore, Johnson & Johnson shared their entrepreneurial wisdom & professional experiences with the group.


8th October 2015

2015 HSBC Golf Business Forum Innovation Award

Congratulations to LIT's New Frontiers client, Connor Galvin & Fintan Ward, whose business, Golf miles has been shortlisted for the HSBC Golf Business Forum Innovation Awards in Shanghai. Golf miles is one of only 11 businesses globally to be shortlisted for the prize. The winner will be invited to Shanghai from 1st-4th November 2015 to attend the forum, the largest and most significant meeting of golf industry executives and decision makers in the world . LIT will be keeping a close eye on the announcement of the winner later this month, best of luck Conor! ?

Shortlisting of the HSBC Golf Innovation Award

Vetted, qualified and interviewed childcare professionals

Hannah Wrixon is a New Frontiers participant and founder of Last Minute Minders. Their app has been shortlisted in the Boots Maternity & Infant Awards (Best Family/Kids App category).


6th October 2015

Congratulations to Charlie Glynn, Glynn Technical Diamond who won the “Best Established Business 2015” category in Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) competition.


Thursday 11th June 2015

Businesses in the Mid-West claim over €100,000 in Enterprise Start-Up Awards

Today, six early stage companies claimed prizes at LIT’s 2015 Enterprise Start-Up Awards. Receiving significant validation from the business community, regional stakeholders and LIT.

The awards were Best Pitch which was received by Conundrum- an acoustic drum product which is due to be manufactured locally and distributed internationally. The Limerick Start-Up prize went to Glynn Diamonds, which focuses on synthetic diamond manufacturing and R&D activity. Best Start-Up Tipperary was awarded to The Pudding a digital marketing company with a graphic design edge and the overall award of 2015 LIT Enterprise Start-Up went to - The Delivery Guys, which provides delivery services to restaurants/food distributors across the region.

The winners were chosen from a short-list of eleven companies out of the initial entry of 40, with each pitching on the day to a panel of judges made up of Limerick Chamber, Enterprise Ireland, Holmes O’Malley Sexton and AIB.

Notably, these start-ups are now in a position to draw down on a variety of prizes including preapproval of €25,000 seed funding from LIT’s Enterprise Ladder Fund (ELF), and Ryan Entrepreneur Fund, respectively, cash prizes and consultancy services from sponsors Bridgewater Management, AIB, Limerick Chamber, Holmes O’Malley Sexton and The Discovery Partnership Ltd.

The well attended event was a true celebration of the Enterprise and Research Development Activity which is taking place at the institute. The session featured a live pitch competition, business exhibition and also served as a graduation ceremony for participants on LIT’s start-up programmes across its regional sites -The National Franchise Centre, Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre, Croom Community Enterprise Centre and Thurles Chamber Enterprise Centre. Gina London an Emy Award winning news anchor with CNN was also on hand at the event to give her expert advice on business communications. An engaging speaker she promoted the theme of “grabbing opportunity with both hands” and celebrated the success of those start-ups in attendance.

Congratulating the winners and all shortlisted for the awards, LIT President Dr. Maria Hinfelaar said, “Entrepreneurship is key to the long-term recovery and sustainability of the Irish economy. We have an incredible spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship coming through in our six enterprise centres and our focus is on capturing and nurturing this so that the companies get every possible support to fulfil the enormous potential we see in them.

“The Enterprise Ladder Business Awards is another element of the overall support we put in place. They recognise, profile and reward the cutting-edge start-up companies that are on our programmes. They also make available critical funding for the winning companies at a key stage as well as a range of supports and services delivered by our partners.

Since its inception in 2007, LIT’s Enterprise Ladder has helped create over 150 businesses generating more than €10m in investment and creating more than 600 jobs.

Through its range of enterprise support and development programmes offered across its network of enterprise centres, the Enterprise Ladder fosters enterprise development and job creation in indigenous start-up enterprises, franchisees and franchisors and High-Potential Start-Up client companies with export potential in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland.

LIT will have seven Enterprise Centres by 2016, spread across county Limerick and Tipperary and has developed strong relationships with collaborators and partners such as Enterprise Ireland, The Chambers Of Commerce, UL The Local Enterprise Offices and the City and County Councils in Limerick, Clare and Tipperary and with groups like the ITLG, IBEC and many more.

To find out more about how LIT can support your business, please log onto www.lit.ie or email Gillian.barry@lit.ie

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