ArcLabs is the research and innovation centre at Waterford Institute of Technology. Our mission is to help entrepreneurs harness amazing ideas, creativity and innovation and convert these into thriving, commercial businesses.


    We believe that entrepreneurs are the key to creating jobs, prosperity and economic growth. Our incubators in Waterford and Kilkenny support a community of high-tech start-up companies and growing businesses. We enable entrepreneurs to collaborate with each other and with our research teams in a unique work environment. There are no limitations to how we can work together.


    If you can use some of the best strategists, designers and R&D resources available, then ArcLabs is the place for your business to evolve and grow. Our goal is to build the best community of entrepreneurs and start-ups in Ireland.


    Established in 2005, ArcLabs has supported more than 400 companies to start/scale in South East Ireland between sites in Waterford and Kilkenny. We represent an ecosystem of entrepreneurship and innovation bringing together academic research, enterprise and regional stakeholders. ArcLabs is committed to developing a sustainable economy in South East Ireland by supporting world-class enterprises who are creating high-value, impactful jobs in the region.


    Since its inception, ArcLabs has been co-located with the Walton Institute (formerly TSSG) and the Centre for Enterprise Development and Regional Economy (CEDRE) of Waterford Institute of Technology. This provides a vital link to leading researchers to support the enterprises being developed there. RIKON also joined the centre in 2019. The following are some of the areas of expertise available at Arclabs:


    Industry 4.0



    Health Innovation

    Smart Transport

    Mixed Reality



    Enterprise Ireland - regional supports at ArcLabs
    New Frontiers programme - Regional Supports at ArcLabs
    Regional supports at ArcLabs Waterford Find your Future
    Regional supports at ArcLabs Ireland South East
    Regional supports at ArcLabs South East BIC
    Regional supports at ArcLabs Kilkenny LEO

    Home to Ireland's top Institute of Technology and three Enterprise Ireland technology gateways

    Community of 150 scientists, technologists and engineers in ArcLabs

    Home to 76 international companies in Waterford

    €69M secured in research funding in the last 5 years by Waterford Institute of Technology




    Dr. Aisling O'Neill ArcLabs, Knowledge & Innovation Community Manager

    Dr. Aisling O'Neill

    ArcLabs Research and Innovation Centre Manager

    ArcLabs represents a unique entrepreneurial ecosystem, marrying academia, research, innovation and enterprise. Aisling is active in advocating for the region in terms of our capacity to support high potential start-ups. She supports the ArcLabs community while seeking entrepreneurs and business ideas for the future development of ArcLabs. Aisling is open to business ideas and ways that WIT can support the development of enterprise in the region.

    Ms. Clare Mc Cormack ArcLabs, Senior Administrator

    Ms. Clare Mc Cormack

    Clare has worked in the Research Support Unit, the Technology Transfer Office and the New Frontiers Programme. She has extensive knowledge in the areas of Research Funding Industry Collaboration and Entrepreneurship. She is responsible for administrative support in our WIT West Campus and Kilkenny locations. She provides ArcLabs client company support and supports Walton Institute (formerly TSSG), Carriganore House, and National Biodiversity Data Centre. She is a key part of the environment that nurtures growing businesses and in supporting collaboration between entrepreneurs, researchers and academics.


    Kathryn Kiely ArcLabs, Head of Industry Services

    Ms. Kathryn Kiely

    Head of Industry Services

    Kathryn is Manager of Industry Services within the Office of the VP of Research at WIT. She is responsible for overseeing the management and direction of the Institute’s support infrastructure for sponsored research and the technology transfer function in WIT. Since her appointment to the position in 1997 she's played a significant role accessing EU, national and industry funding for research, promoting the Institute’s research expertise externally and managing industry / academic collaboration, including contracts, IP management and technology transfer issues. She's also played a key role in enterprise development initiatives such as the New Frontiers programme and was responsible for securing funding from Enterprise Ireland to support the development of the Institute’s ArcLabs Innovation Centre.

    Dr. Eugene Crehan ArcLabs, New Frontiers Manager

    Dr. Eugene Crehan

    Director of Programmes, Centre for Enterprise Development and Regional Economy

    Eugene is Director of Programmes at the Centre for Enterprise Development and Regional Economy (CEDRE) and currently manages Enterprise Ireland's New Frontiers Programme. He is highly experienced in working with start-ups and early stage businesses and helps start-up promoters in commercialising their business concepts. He has access to multiple entrepreneurship related networks, relevant to early stage businesses, and has significant experience in international business development having previously held senior management positions at Diageo (Baileys), Waterford Crystal and A.T. Cross. He's lived in the USA, Europe and the Middle East and has conducted business in over 50 countries during 18 years of international roles. Eugene helps with Customer Value Proposition / Product-Market fit / Investment ready business planning / Introduction to potential investors and accessing business networks. Find him on Twitter at @eugenecrehan

    Prof. Bill O'Gorman ArcLabs, Centre for Entrepreneurship & Regional Development

    Prof. Bill O'Gorman

    Centre for Enterprise Development and Regional Economy

    Prof. Bill O’Gorman is the Director for Research for the Centre for Enterprise Development and Regional Economy (CEDRE) based in ArcLabs Research & Innovation Centre. CEDRE is part of the School of Business, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT). Bill has over 25 year’s manufacturing and operational experience working in MNEs at senior management and executive levels. He also started an electronics sub-contracting manufacturing company and was MD for 11 years. Bill is a Director of a number of Enterprise Centres in Ireland, micro-enterprises and SMEs. Since 2004, he has mentored entrepreneurs from inception to growth to internationalisation. He's served on many government roundtables developing innovation and enterprise policies.

    Dr. James O'Sullivan ArcLabs, WIT Technology Transfer Manager

    Dr. James O'Sullivan

    James manages the Technology Transfer Office in the Institute. The primary focus of his role is to ensure the professional management of Intellectual Property. James provides guidance to both internal and external stakeholders on the creation, protection and exploitation of all forms of intellectual property including knowhow, copyright, designs and patents. When engaging with the Institute James will ensure that all forms of contractual agreements created, safeguard the interests of the parties. As a Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP) James can provide expert advice on all areas of knowledge transfer from within consultancy projects to large-scale Horizon 2020 consortia.


    Dr. James O'Sullivan ArcLabs, WIT Technology Transfer Manager

    Kevin Doolin

    Walton Institute Executive Director

    Kevin Doolin is the Executive Director at Walton Institute.

    In this role, Kevin is responsible for oversight and strategic direction of Walton Institute’s Applied and Commercial Research Activities. He plays a key role in driving the Walton Institute Research Units and staff to get involved in EU applied research, and the EI ComFund, driving proposal strategies for all relevant research funding calls including, but not limited to, the key cross-unit decisions, assisting in commercial, research and proposal development of each unit.

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