Ireland’s leading business innovation hub The Rubicon Centre is located on campus in the Cork Institute of Technology. Home to 57 knowledge based start-up companies, the Centre is jointly financed by CIT & Enterprise Ireland.
Clients based at the Rubicon are at different stages of development, from concept stage to completing their first customer orders and many are already trading on the International Market.
Since opening its doors in January 2006, the Rubicon Centre has quickly positioned itself as a catalyst, assisting entrepreneurs to take their projects to the next stage.
In July 2010 the Rubicon increased its Capacity by an additional 910m2, which included new laboratory spaces. This extension brings the total incubation footprint to over 3,000m2. The Centre continues to invest in its IT Infrastructure to afford Companies access to their customers and partners world-wide. Clients enjoy access to a full development path and several have participated in one of the many Programmes on offer in the Centre, including Genesis Enterprise, PINC, EnterpriseSTART and the Discovery Zone programmes.
As an innovation centre for entrepreneurs, the Rubicon Centre is here to help, encourage & give support to people who present a unique idea or highlight a market niche which they believe they can target.
In essence, the Centre’s role as an incubator is to assist the formation and growth of early stage, knowledge intensive businesses, by providing physical space & in-house management support, along with access to advice and on support from Institute resources. The Centre aims to stimulate an environment of creativity and innovation with a continual focus of nurturing the growth of knowledge based business and commercial research in the South West Region.
PINC is an intensive programme for female entrepreneurs who want to take their business ideas to the next stage. The programme is run part time over eight weeks, allowing participants to balance their family commitments while at the same time plan and develop their business ventures.
The idea behind PINC is to allow participants the opportunity to focus on their business idea in a structured group environment, whilst at the same time offering one to one business mentoring on all aspects of the project, including market research, business development and funding advice.
New Frontiers Programme
New Frontiers Entrepreneur Development Programme is a three-p