The startlab in Galway, a tech incubator powered by Bank of Ireland, is looking to extend its reach deeper into the west and north-west of Ireland with the new ‘startlab remote’ initiative.

Originally based in Galway, the startlab programme runs over a six month period and helps fledgeling tech firms to scale by providing free facilities including desk space, high-speed internet, conference rooms as well as one-to-one sessions with coaches and mentors, introductions to investors and support from startlab staff.

The startlab remote initiative will see the bank partner with a growing number of coworking spaces opening in the region such as the Spool Factory in Boyle, Roscommon, The Leeson Enterprise Centre in Mayo, The Building Block, Sligo and The CoLab in Letterkenny, Donegal.

“The startlab remote programme came about from listening to our candidates. A move to Galway simply wasn’t on the cards for some of them so we needed to explore how we could still support them.”

Successful applicants will benefit from the suite of supports the programme has to offer as well as desk space in their locality.

“The startlab remote programme came about from listening to our candidates. A move to Galway simply wasn’t on the cards for some of them so we needed to explore how we could still support them. For successful applicants, startlab remote will run alongside the programme in Galway. They will have free desk space and access to everything the programme has to offer such as mentoring and our network. I would encourage any tech startup with global ambitions to apply,” says Graham Clarke, the startlab programme lead in Galway.

startlab Galway and its remote initiative are part of a number of incubators powered by Bank of Ireland. Currently, there is a fintech-focused programme in startlab Dublin and there is a startlab in New York to help Irish tech firms enter the U.S. market.

Applications for startlab remote in Roscommon, Mayo and Donegal are open until November 30. Visit www.startlabhq.com.

Article by Graham Clarke.

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