CoLab @ LYIT is the Innovation Centre of the Northwest

The CoLab Buidling
The CoLab Buidling - Image courtesy of LYIT

CoLab provides early-stage and established science and technology companies with tailored business services and a flexible environment to grow. The aim of this centre is to enable business and academia to interact to create viable enterprises for the Northwest that will secure the region’s future in terms of job creation, innovation and export potential.

What does Colab mean? Collaborative, company laboratory…potentially many things really. It’s a community, a network of young, knowledge and technology-driven enterprises enjoying the facilities, supports and services they need to grow and succeed. Colab acts as a dynamic point of convergence where quality-of-life meets cutting-edge technology, where Ireland’s Northwest meets the global marketplace. This is the place for you to turn your ideas into your future, knowledge into enterprise.

Now entering an exciting next generation phase, the new CoLab extension based on the prestigious North West Regional Science Park (NWRSP)* model, offers specialist facilities and supports for science projects. The new extension at CoLab has been purpose-built to accommodate science and technology businesses.

Established in 2009, CoLab has become widely recognised for its success as a business incubator offering experience, contacts, resources and a launch pad for new knowledge-based businesses in the North West Region. It is located at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) campus, which has excellent relationships with the industrial and commercial sectors and a highly successful record in supporting science and technology enterprise.  What began as an incubation space for the North West of Ireland has turned into a successful “ecosystem” which has supported many innovative start-ups to become profitable commercial Enterprises all over the world.

Flexibility, relevant support, connections, dynamic environment and ...... a listening ear.

The CoLab building is equipped with the most modern technology available, with meeting and conference rooms offering state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, high spec. laboratories, dedicated superfast broadband speeds of 100Mb and access to Project Kelvin 35G and universal wireless. There are many versatile spaces to choose from, including, co working hubs, various sizes of business offices and “clean rooms”. With comfortable meeting areas, the environment is conducive to sharing ideas, solving problems and knowledge exchange. This signature building is an impressive place to bring clients, potential investors and staff, or as a venue to promote or launch your business.


The CoLab team has worked with over 100 technology and science businesses helping them to commercialise their ideas, reach new markets, develop new products, access highly qualified graduates and exploit new innovations. They understand how important it is to provide advice and support that is relevant.

Training and Experts

Entrepreneurs have access to a panel of well respected mentors, experts in their fields, such as, funding, marketing, investors, patenting, business strategy, international markets and finance.

The entrepreneur development programme “New Frontiers” from Enterprise Ireland is delivered at CoLab and those who successfully meet the criteria, will attend a combination of leadership and management training, business master classes and practical workshops on topics relevant to growing knowledge-based businesses.

Flexible packages and much more

CoLab provides flexible options, which can be adapted to meet the specific needs of individual clients. These include:

• Enclosed modern office space, up to 200 sq.metres

• Co-working spaces - desks in a shared office

• “Clean” scientific space

• Latest labs and equipment

• Easy in, easy out licence agreements

• Wireless internet connectivity

• Meeting rooms and conference rooms with superb audio-visual facilities

• Inspirational networking and communal spaces

· Reception and administration service

• Promotion on CoLab web page, reception TVand itineraries

• Canteen and in-house/outside catering

• Training, mentoring and signposting.

Why choose CoLab?

The ethos of CoLab is one of shared knowledge and experience. The new facility offers a unique collaboration which brings together all of the factors which can underpin commercial success for science and technology companies. It is a proven formula, which extends cross border, cross continent to bring clients extraordinary resources, knowledge and connections from which to expand internationally. Furthermore, CoLab has developed established corridors to enable Irish companies to enter the US marketplace and for US businesses to enter the European marketplace.

We offer:

• Excellent connections to businesses, markets, people, graduates

• International alliances and research partnerships

• Technology enabled to the highest level

• Excellent networking opportunities

• Purpose built modern facility

• Flexible space in signature building

• A proven knowledge ecosystem on campus

• Prestigious companies such as M2D2 onsite

• A culture of sharing and success

• Dynamic environment with likeminded people.


If you have a specific requirement please contact us, we will be glad to accommodate you. If you are at concept stage or an established company, the CoLab team brings experience and enthusiasm to commercialise your idea or to expand your business into international markets. If you would like to discuss your science or technology business idea, or you’re an established company wishing to expand, contact –


CoLab Manager Patsy Donaghy:

T: +353 74 9186703



Colab-Letterkenny, Institute of Technology, Port Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland


*Funding is provided under the EU’s INTERREG IVA Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body, with match-funding from the Department of Finance and Personnel in Northern Ireland and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in Ireland. Further funding is provided by the Department for Social Development.




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