Ireland’s longest running student accelerator programme

Student Inc. 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.

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 MTU Cork since 2011 and was rolled out to University College Cork in the summer of 2019 and further to Atlantic Technological University, University of Limerick and Technological University of the Shannon in 2021. Mary Immaculate College has joined as the latest partner for the 2023 programme. The expansion of the programme followed successful bids to the Higher Education Authority (HEA) in late 2018 and 2022.

The expanded programme gives all third level students from Donegal to Cork 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.