Startlab, Bank of Ireland’s unique startup incubator is looking to extend its reach into the West region with its newly formed “startlab remote” programme. Originally based in Galway, the programme runs over a 6 month period and helps fledgling tech startups to scale by providing complimentary facilities including desk space, high-speed Wi-Fi, conference rooms as well as one to one sessions with key coaches and mentors, introductions to investors and support from Bank of Ireland’s Innovation Team. Startlab remote will see Bank of Ireland link up with the growing number of coworking spaces opening in the region such as the, The Leeson Enterprise Centre in Westport and The Building Block here in Sligo. Successful applicants will benefit from the suite of supports the programme has to offer as well as desk space in their locality.
Tracy Keogh, Bank of Ireland’s Innovation Manger for the West explains, “Our startlab remote programme came about from listening to the community and our customers. A move to Galway simply wasn’t on the cards for some of our candidates so we needed to explore how we could still support them. Successful applicants will have their desk space funded and will have access to everything the programme has to offer such as mentoring and access to our network. I would encourage any tech startup with global ambitions to apply”.
Startlab Galway is one of 3 incubators run by BOI with a Fintech focused programme in Dublin and a startlab space in New York to help companies tackle the U.S market.
The Building Block’s Community Manager Karen Foley commented, “Bank of Ireland’s startlab is a fantastic initiative for startups in the West of Ireland and The Building Block, a hub for entrepreneurs and startups, are looking forward to welcoming the successful candidate to join our growing community here in Sligo.”
Head of Bank of Ireland Sligo, Tara Rodgers offers, “Sligo is the major urban settlement in the Northwest after Galway and we’re delighted that the startlab programme is expanding. The student population that the 3rd level institutes attract here make it a breeding ground for innovation and the startup community here is really taking off”. “All aside Sligo is a great place to live and is a must see on the West Cost, according to Vogue magazine no less”, laughs Rodgers.
Applications are open until the 30th of November on www.startlabhq.com.
For more information: You can arrange a 1 to 1 meeting with Programme Lead Graham Clarke on the 27th November in The Building Block https://calendly.com/graham-clarke2/startlab-west-the-builing-block/11-27-2017