Ennis innovation centre has places for start-ups on 2013 programme

30 Apr 2013

Padraig Neylon, co-founder of Trazoo, which took part in the Ennis Innovate programme in 2012

Ennis Innovate, the innovation centre based in Ennis, Co Clare, has some spaces left on its 2013 incubation programme for start-ups based in the region.

The centre, which opened last year, has already supported a number of start-ups, including the group accommodation-booking website Trazoo and the nature education website Greenieland.ie.

Gert O’Rourke, director of Ennis Innovate, said that while some applicants have been accepted onto the 2013 programme, there are some places remaining.

Based in Shannon Development’s Information Age Park in Ennis, the centre supports and guides companies through the start-up process and introduces them to support bodies in the west of Ireland.

O’Rourke said the aim of the centre is to provide practical support to entrepreneurs as they navigate the start-up path.

“Applicants to our programme should ideally have a number of years of industry experience and have the enthusiasm and drive necessary to develop and grow a successful business,” she said.

Padraig Neylon is one of the co-founders of Trazoo, which took part in the Ennis Innovate programme last year. He said the programme proved to be a real catalyst for Trazoo in terms of its product development.

The Trazoo online hotel booking platform is planning to disrupt the way people go about planning and booking a group trip in Ireland. The company recently won an Enterprise Ireland New Frontiers award worth €10,000.

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Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic