Entrepreneurship @ MaREI

Entrepreneurship @ MaREI

The vision of Entrepreneurship @ MaREI is to facilitate and support the entrepreneurship and innovation activities of everyone associated with MaREI. This includes our industry partners, research community, students and start-ups.

This support is tailored to the needs of each group and bespoke solutions are sought to deliver maximum value. We have strong connections and partnerships with local, national and international organisations and together we facilitate support in entrepreneurship and innovation activities.

Entrepreneurship @ MaREI also recognises the potential for collaboration across the MaREI community and actively encourages this through events and facilitated introductions where appropriate.

“Collaboration generates innovation and new ideas, so we facilitate collaboration”

We are interested in hearing from ambitious businesses looking to scale from Ireland in the domestic and international markets.  Please contact us to discuss supports available to you.


Entrepreneurship @ MaREI is an innovation and collaboration hub for businesses involved in, or with an interest in, the Marine Sector.

The Entrepreneur Ship is an on-site facility available to a select number of eligible businesses. It is the only sector-specific business incubator in Ireland and attracts both Irish and International start-ups and multinational companies interested in exploring business opportunities in/from Ireland.

The Marine Sector is broad and includes technology relating to; robotics, sensors, big data, advanced materials, internet of things, autonomous systems, advanced manufacturing, marine renewable energy, shipping and logistics, energy management, marine biotechnology, oil and gas, and ICT to name a few.

Management of Entrepreneurship @ MaREI is funded by Enterprise Ireland.


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
  • Facilitated access to the MaREI Centre which comprises over 200 researchers across 6 institutions
  • Proximity to world-class talent and test facilities in the Lir National Ocean Test Facility and the National Maritime College of Ireland
  • 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.
  • Bespoke, tailored support

Contact: Liam Fitzgerald

Title: Marine Incubation Manager

Tel: +353 (0) 86 8582413

Email: liam.fitzgerald@ucc.ie