Galway County Council, Teagasc, Athenry Community Council, Galway Roscommon Education and Training Board, Western Development Commission and SCCUL are the founding partners of BIA Innovator Campus CLG, a step change project that will transform the food entrepreneurship landscape in the West of Ireland. Co-funded by Enterprise Ireland under the Regional Enterprise Development Fund, it addresses a seismic need for regional food workspace infrastructure by realising a dynamic food and drink innovation and incubation centre of scale, 2301 square metres (23,767 sq. ft.), with the creation of 360 jobs within 3 years over 40+ businesses and which will see 2,400 individuals receive training, development and support from the founding partners and wider stakeholders. It is a unique infrastructure enabler with far reaching innovation ecosystem benefits in the inimitable and compelling location of Teagasc, Athenry, Co. Galway.
The plan is to deliver seamless growth, innovation and acceleration supports across 4 deliverables:
BIA Obair will have 12 food-grade production units allowing a continuum of growth from:
– Specialist co-working food incubators (dairy, meat, seafood and multi product)
– Starter units,
– HPSU growth units
BIA Accelerate will provide a much-needed continuum pathway structure to support food businesses to grow and scale. It will comprise a Business Engagement Zone – for entrepreneurship peer learning and mentor coaching, a Business Information Centre and a Demonstration & Training Area for use as a Taste Panel lab for peer review of new product development.
BIA Eolas – A dedicated learning environment that will encourage exchange and innovation, integrate key culinary offerings: accredited career training programmes, continuing education for food entrepreneurs, industry professionals, chefs, master classes for home cooks and special events. It will comprise a large demo kitchen/auditorium, a Culinary Training Centre and hot desking.
BIA Blas will be a dual function showcase and training/events facility that will provide a ‘Fast’ network to trade buyers; service suppliers and investors. It will provide a permanent showcase of new product development emanating from across the BIA Innovator Campus and act as a central point for group activities.
Co-funded by Galway County Council, Teagasc and Enterprise Ireland.