Ireland’s longest running student accelerator programme

The programme was set up to encourage student entrepreneurs to assess the feasibility of their business ideas and start a business in a safe and nurturing environment. Student Inc provides students with seed funding and access to a network of entrepreneurs, trainers, mentors and investors across the South-west region.

Student Inc. is a full-time immersive programme that runs annually from the start of June to the end of August. The programme has been running in Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) since the summer of 2011 and was rolled out to University College Cork (UCC) and Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) in the summer of 2019. The expansion of the programme followed a successful bid to the Higher Education Authority (HEA) in late 2018 under the Innovation and Transformation Call.

The expanded programme gives all third level students in the South West Region the opportunity to see if business ideas or inventions are viable commercial opportunities or social enterprises. The programme is a universal programme: all students regardless of their year of study or academic discipline can apply for a place on the programme.

The HEA funding allows for a total of 90 students across the three colleges to take part in Student Inc. over the summers of 2019, 2020 and 2021. Planning in currently underway to ensure the 2020 programme can go ahead despite the current restrictions on third level campuses, due to Covid-19.

The Student Inc. team are working very closely with the Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Department in CIT and the E-learning Development and Support Unit (EDSU) in ITT.