Guinness Enterprise Centre invests €200K in CoConnect initiative

The Guinness Enterprise Centre announces that it has invested €200,000 in its innovative new CoConnect initiative. The programme, a home-away-from-home for businesses and their employees, will build connections between the GEC and the 120 enterprise hubs across the island of Ireland. The purpose of the initiative is to enrich the start-up ecosystem throughout the country by promoting more engagement and collaboration between regions.

Through CoConnect, start-ups and scale-ups based in participating enterprise hubs can avail of CoWorking space in the GEC, while GEC-based companies can benefit from CoWorking space in connected enterprise hubs. For example, somebody established in a Kerry enterprise hub can base themselves at the GEC in Dublin and vice-versa. 

Julianne O’Leary has been appointed as partnership programme manager with the Guinness Enterprise Centre, enriching the start-up ecosystem on the island of Ireland.

In addition, companies who engage with the programme through their own enterprise hub will have access to the GEC’s award-winning University Programme. This initiative enables start-ups to collaborate with Irish and international MBA and PhD students who can research and solve their most pressing business challenges. This year, the GEC was named as the World’s Top Business Incubator, Collaborating with University at the UBI Awards.

The funding for the initiative was supported by the Regional Enterprise Development Fund which is provided by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, through Enterprise Ireland and the GEC. The CoConnect programme is one of twenty-one initiatives to receive funding through the REDF as part of the Government’s overarching strategy to support regional enterprise development.

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