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The 2023 TUS New Frontiers Awards took place on 28 March last in celebration and recognition of the some of the most talented entrepreneurs in the Midwest region.

Holmes is proud to support the TUS New Frontiers Programme as it is a reflection of our firm’s long-standing culture of quality and community values, the foundation on which we have grown.

Congratulations to the award winners, and best of luck for the future development and growth of your business.


  • “Start-Up of the Year 2023” DataMinfo, founded by Paul Byrne. DataMinfo unifies operational data, enabling manufacturers to proactively increase their productivity.
  • “Best Innovation Award” – Maravil Food Ltd, founded by Joe Guiney. Maravil Food Ltd process manufacturing food loss into novel ingredients for food manufacturers, producing a sustainable ingredient for further food manufacturing.
  • “One to Watch” – NICHE Sports Data, founded by David Kennedy. NICHE Sports Data uses data analytical tools to enable teams to access static & live data to enhance their performance.  
Innovation-led startups are a crucial component of this ecosystem. We recently launched our Strategic Plan with spinning out impactful innovation and supporting the creation and development of innovation-led enterprises as a key priority. These companies focus on developing new technologies and creating disruptive, impactful products and services and even new business models that can revolutionise entire industries. By supporting them, we can help to create new markets and industries, driving growth and creating new opportunities for all.

Professor Vincent Cunnane

President of Technological University of the Shannon (TUS)
The New Frontiers programme is a critically important element of Enterprise Ireland’s Regional Strategy. It was launched in 2012 with the aim of accelerating the development of sustainable new businesses that have strong employment and growth potential, particularly in regional locations. Within the Midwest region (Limerick programme) over 560 budding entrepreneurs have received intensive support to develop and grow their businesses.

Paula Carroll

Enterprise Ireland New Frontiers National Programme Manager
“It is great to see the tradition of Irish entrepreneurial spirit really on show in the mid-west. Holmes is delighted to continually assist early-stage companies through each stage of their life cycle so to ensure they are equipped with the legal advices needed to develop their business. In its 11 years, the New Frontiers Programme has continuously supported the development of hundreds of sustainable new businesses in the Midwest region and we are proud to once again be a sponsor of this programme. Congratulations to all the award winners, and best of luck for the future development and growth of your business. Well done to the TUS New Frontiers team on another successful year.

Shane Costelloe


About New Frontiers

New Frontiers is the national programme designed to develop entrepreneurs, delivered on behalf of Enterprise Ireland by Institutes of Technology and Universities. Technological Institute of the Shannon (TUS), Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre primarily deliver the programme for the Limerick, Clare and Tipperary region in the TUS Hartnett Centre based on the Moylish Campus. The programme’s primary purpose 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.

TUS Midwest currently has an open call for the 2023/2024 New Frontiers Programme. Phase 1 “Test the Idea” which starts on the 19th April 2023 is accepting applications. For more details on the programme go to

Awards, Membership and Recognition

Chambers & Partners
Law Society Badge
Legal 500
Limerick Chamber Membership 2023
LQSI Q9000 100%

Meet the Team