Our ecosystem and impact

Our university is at the heart of a distinctive city and region, renowned for its culture, creativity, technology and innovation.

Our city is home to exciting start-ups, scaling organisations, SMEs and large international corporates. Galway is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for medtech, data science, culture and creativity, climate and oceans, public policy, and innovation. 

We believe the knowledge and innovations generated by research at NUI Galway should positively impact on society and the economy.  The Innovation Office plays a critical role in supporting this impact through its work with researchers, students, industry partners, entrepreuners and governement agencies.

Our Impact

So that the knowledge and innovations generated at NUI Galway can positively impact on society and the economy we...

  • Share our research expertise and facilities.
  • Collaborate on joint research projects.
  • License our technologies to businesses around the world.
  • Spin-out new companies to bring innovations to market and create employment .
  • Support and incubate high-potential start-ups.
  • Encourage an entreprenerial mindset among our students and staff.
  • Leverage funding from national, EU and international bodies.

Key Facts


new inventions identified over the last five years


research collaborations with industry over the last five years


spin-out companies created over the last four years


technologies licensed to industry over the last five years


companies supported on campus


student entrepreneurs engaged since 2016

Our start-up supports

The Innovation Office plays a significant role in Galway's start-up ecosystem. The team encourages and helps develops companies emerging from our university's research outputs and innovation programmes. A network of complementary incubation centres are based in Galway city, starting with our own Business Innovation Centre which is home to over 35 companies. These companies spin-in to collaborate with our experts or spin-out from our university's research efforts.


Ignite West Consortium

In order to aid the wider region in terms of Knowledge Transfer, Ignite West formed in 2013.

It is a partnership led by NUI Galway, in conjunction with Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, and Institute of Technology Sligo, to work collaboratively under the Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) TTSI programme to deliver a Knowledge Transfer service for the western region. Learn more about KTI in the video opposite. Visit http://www.nuigalway.ie/innovation/ignite-west-consortium for further details about the consortium.



  • Research & Innovation

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  • Medtech

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