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Limerick Institute of Technology Business Start-up Awards 2021 took place on Tuesday 30th March 2021.

This year’s awards were a celebration of LIT’s start-up ecosystem with global potential. The awards ceremony gathered, supported and celebrated the achievements of the businesses that had just completed the LIT New Frontiers Programme – the Enterprise Ireland National Entrepreneur Development Programme for early-stage high potential start-ups.

We were delighted to once again be one of the sponsors of the awards. We commend the LIT New Frontiers 2021 winners:-

  • Start Up of the Year 2021: Lorraine Lynch (Galway) CEO & Founder of The Child Psychology Institute. 
  • Business Innovation Award: Derek Nolan (Limerick) Founder of DogNotDuck.
  • One to Watch: James Power (Limerick based & Waterford native) Founder of Agri Guardian. 

Vice President for Research Development and Innovation LIT Dr Liam Brown, described New Frontiers as a truly national programme with significant regional outreach and global export potential.

Participants of the New Frontiers Programme are playing a significant role in the indigenous business community - driving Ireland’s economy forward. We know that completing the New Frontiers Programme is like wearing a badge of quality in the business world. There is a willingness for other businesses to meet and engage with you after successful completion of the programme.

Dr Liam Brown

LIT Vice President for Research Development and Innovation
We recognise that starting out on an entrepreneurship journey can be daunting, particularly as early-stage business owners manage costs while ensuring they have the right supports and advice to enable growth and success. We work in partnership with businesses at each stage of their life cycle to ensure all the legal bases are covered and we are always delighted to assist the fantastic people we encounter when supporting the EI New Frontiers programme at LIT. Congratulations to all of the winners.

Shane Costelloe

Employment Solicitor

More information can be viewed on the LIT website.

About New Frontiers

LIT run the National Entrepreneur Development Programme for Enterprise Ireland called New Frontiers at its Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre supported by the LIT centres Questum and TCEC and in collaboration with UL Nexus. The programme’s primary purpose is to accelerate the development of sustainable new businesses that have strong employment and growth potential and contribute to job creation and economic activity in regional locations.

New Frontiers is designed for individuals who have an innovative business idea that has the potential to create a manufacturing or internationally traded services business with employment potential, can show evidence of a commercial market for their proposed product/service and are ambitious, growth-orientated and committed to engaging fully in all aspects of the programme.

Shane Costelloe is professional, flexible and show a passion for the ultimate success of their client’s business.

Shane Costelloe

Corporate, Commercial and M&A | Legal 500 EMEA 2020

Shane Costelloe has been advising clients on Covid-19-related employment issues, such as pay reductions, lay-offs and the Return to Work Safely Protocol.

Shane Costelloe

Employment | Legal 500 EMEA 2021

Shane Costelloe demonstrated expert knowledge in his field and was a very reassuring help to us while guiding us through difficult decisions in our business. Calm, collected, knowledgeable, practical, realistic, expert.

Shane Costelloe

Employment | Legal 500 EMEA 2021