Ireland’s newest co-creation space, The Entrepreneur Ship, has been opened by Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, Food, the Marine and Defence. The new centre aims to optimise opportunities and accelerate jobs in Ireland’s blue economy.

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Val Cummins, IMERC Director, speaking at the opening of The Entrepreneur Ship

“The government has ambitious plans to grow Ireland’s marine economy to maximise the potential of our vast marine resources. Business incubators, accelerators, and co-creation spaces have been proven to support and fast-track start-up companies seeking to exploit emerging market opportunities,” remarked Minister Coveney.

The Entrepreneur Ship is the first dedicated marine innovation centre in Ireland, offering companies access to an ecosystem of “world-class training, talent, research and test bed facilities” through the IMERC partners in Cork. This unique space will provide new and existing companies in the maritime sector with the supports that they need to grow and innovate,” he added.

Companies based in The Entrepreneur Ship are located in the IMERC Cluster in Lr Cork Harbour, adjacent to the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI), the Irish Defence Forces Naval Base and University College Cork’s new Beaufort building which houses the MaREI Research Centre and the LIR National Ocean Test Facility.

“The Entrepreneur Ship is a place of convergence between entrepreneurial talent and the explosion of new ideas and technologies coming from areas such as robotics; big data; biotechnology; power generation; cyber security; unmanned systems and power storage as they relate to our ocean and energy systems,” remarked Val Cummins, Director of IMERC.

“Our objective is to grow the enterprise dimension to add to the critical mass of training, research and naval expertise already in the cluster,” she added.

Some startups and established international companies are already availing of the facilities and supports, adding to the collaboration of Science Foundation Ireland MaREI Centre with 50 industry partners in the research and development space.

“DARE Technology – an innovative engineering startup specialising in marine renewable energy – is already located in The Entrepreneur Ship. Supported by the Local Enterprise Office and designated by Enterprise Ireland as a ‘High Potential Startup’, DARE is developing a wind turbine for marine vessels that has the potential to remove up to one million tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere each year,” outlined Martin Wall, Manager of The Entrepreneur Ship.