Start-up Supports & Resources

The Entrepreneur Ship is an on-site innovation and office space facility available to a select number of eligible businesses. It attracts both Irish and International start-ups and multinational companies interested in exploring business opportunities in/from Ireland. The Entrepreneur Ship is also an ESA Space Solutions Ireland business incubator with access to both financial and soft supports available through the European Space Agency and Enterprise Ireland

We are interested in working with ambitious, scalable start-ups.

Entrepreneurship @ MaREI and The Entrepreneur Ship offer solutions for start-ups and larger more established businesses in a collaborative, innovative environment. The offer includes;

  • Shared and own office options
  • Very competitive rates
  • Fully serviced accommodation with all costs included in the monthly fee (broadband, telephone, electricity etc.)
  • Residential, Hot Desk and Virtual Member options
  • Business Strategy Support
  • Information/ Connections and Sign Posting to other Start-Up supports
  • Business Coaching, Mentoring and Development Support
  • Facilitated access to the MaREI Centre community which comprises over 200 researchers across 12 Irish institutions involved in numerous transnational projects and collaborations
  • Proximity to world-class talent and test facilities in the Lir National Ocean Test Facility and the National Maritime College of Ireland
  • Access to expert mentor support locally and through the Enterprise Ireland Mentor Programme (subject to eligibility)
  • Facilitated access to the broader University College Cork research and entrepreneurial support ecosystem
  • Facilitated access to the Cork entrepreneurial support ecosystem
  • Facilitated access to the Irish research and entrepreneurial support ecosystem
  • Funding landscape information and support – Local Enterprise Offices, Enterprise Ireland, European Funding Opportunities, Angel Networks, Venture Capital, Bank Finance.
  • Funding application supports – Application reviews/ Pitching advice
  • Access to EU funded programmes specific to start up development

ESA Space Solutions Centre Ireland provides grant Funding and Business Development Support for Start Ups, Spin Outs and Researchers.


ESA Technology Transfer Demonstrator projects support the transfer of space technology to terrestrial applications where there is a strong commercial or societal benefit and there is a clear technical risk that can be eliminated. Grant Funding of €40,000 is available to companies or researchers over a 12-month period.


Established in 2016, ESA Space Solutions Centre (SSC) Ireland supports early stage Irish SMEs, MNCs and researchers that are intent on developing applications for the non-space sector. The vast majority of those that are supported by ESA SSC Ireland are developing downstream or terrestrial solutions with various applications across Energy, Climate and the Blue Economy areas and including the Maritimetech, Ag-tech, Medtech, Proptech, Materials, IoT, Cybersecurity and Transport Sectors.


ESA SSC Ireland offers a number of different support initiatives including the ESA Business Incubation Centres and the ESA Technology Transfer Demonstrators.

The MaREI Centre, together with the Tyndall National Institute, Athlone Institute of Technology, Maynooth University and NovaUCD make up the ESA SSC Ireland Consortium Partnership. The EntrepreneurShip Business Incubator offers ESA SCC Ireland incubation facilities co located with the UCC MaREI Centre facility in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork.


ESA BIC Ireland approved companies’ avail of the following:

  • Access to technical support services, including ESA
  • Access to business support services
  • Membership of the ESA BIC Network, which consists of over 700 companies across 18 ESA Member States
  • Association with the ESA brand
  • €50,000 in non-equity bearing funding over a 2-year period
  • Access to a wide range of additional ESA funding mechanisms

Financial support for ESA SSC Ireland’s activities is provided by both the European Space Agency and Enterprise Ireland.


For more information and for details on how to apply please visit here, or contact the MaREI Business Incubation Manager Liam Fitzgerald 086 8582413