GTC March Community Newsletter

Latest news from the community in GTC

Spring appeared for a few days last week, we hope it will return again very soon and that all of our community had a good St. Patricks Day, despite the weather.

We have been busy over the last few weeks promoting the centre at various events, continuing on the centre improvement works and organising some upcoming events – more on all of this below:

Centre News:

Lighting Upgrade

By the end of March we will have completed the first phase in replacing lighting throughout the centre to low energy usage LED lights as part of our efforts to reduce our energy consumption. We would like to gauge interest from companies as to whether they would be interested in upgrading the lighting in their units. If this is of interest to you, please let us know by email to info@gtc.ie

Fibre Upgrade

In 2008, GTC was the first enterprise to connect to the Galway MAN with our own dedicated fibre to the building, over the years we have upgraded our capacity to 300MB. In the next few days, we are further investing in this project, bringing our capacity to 1GB. We will be the first centre West of The Shannon to provide this level of connectivity and it shows our continued commitment to technology and the keeping ahead of the requirements of the digital enterprises that make up our community. We will be issuing further updates on this in the coming days….

Painting

We have completed the recent phase of painting, upgrading the corridors and areas beside O’Brien’s and the Kitchen, we plan to continue this program during the year.

Goodbye & Hello

We are sad to say goodbye to Naduara Design who have been based with us in unit 17 for the past few years but we would like to wish them well as they expand and move to new premesis in Ballybane. In their place, Sean Cummings from Keltie who has been based in The Cube for the last number of months will move in with his colleagues next month and we would like to welcome them to the GTC community and to their EU base in Galway where they will work closely with their team in London.

GTC Events:

04th April: Intellectual Porridge – protecting and exploiting Innovations. 07.45am – 09.30am. The Mezzanine, GTC. Laura from Flynn O’Driscoll (unit 23) and Sean from Keltie Ireland (unit 17) are coming together to share their experience on how to project your business and mistakes to be avoided. A light breakfast will be served, to register please email info@gtc.ie

05th April: AIB Bank at Work: AIB will be onsite in GTC to discuss any business or personal banking requirements you may have. For appointments email kenneth.p.deery@aib.ie or call in to unit 27 on the day.

06th April: Ernst & Young will hold a free clinic in GTC focusing on Research & Development Tax Credits. Enda Kelly, a specialist in this area from the EY Dublin office will be available on the day. Enda is responsible for identifying and qualifying technical and scientific R&D projects. Should you have any queries in this area this is a good opportunity to get them answered, quickly, at no cost and onsite in GTC. For appointments please email Muireann.McGarry@ie.ey.com or let us know at reception.

26th April: GTC Networking Coffee morning in aid of ACT for Meningitis. Come along, join us for a coffee and meet your fellow GTC companies.  

04th May: ‘Why Galway?‘ – GTC along with Keltie, Galway Chamber and Galway City Innovation District promote Galway in London as a solution for UK businesses who wish to establish an EU presence post Brexit.

Tenant News:

Siren Solutions, unit 13 have had a very busy month and were successful in securing €1.5m in funding from Atlantic Bridge and Frontline Ventures

For all of you early risers, O’Brien’s are now open from 7.45am and they have launched a new range of salads from Rachel Allen for spring to help keep the healthy eaters focused!

Moose recently filmed a video for Guinness promoting their competition with AirBnB, you can see the video here:

9th Impact recently won an the ‘Best Startup in Galway City’ award at the National Enterprise Awards, congratulations to Finn, Mark & all the team in unit 23.

Congratulations to Metalogic were recently awarded CSF funding for a new project they are working on in FinTech

Employability would like to thank everyone who attended the results announcement of their #100 jobs campaign recently, the campaign was very successful with  102 Jobs created.

FCS Services –  Company Compliance Updates : Companies Act 2014: Companies which converted or had a change of name under the default provisions of the Companies Act 2014 (the “Act”) are likely to have an out of date Constitutional document which may be required at short notice for financing/negotiation discussions. For further information on the consequences of such please see FCS Website or call in to us in Unit 11B.

SME Events:

28th March: OMIG Digital Meet up in Portershed

28th March: SCCUL Present Marketing & PR Masterclass Part 2. Register at admin@scculenterprises.ie

30th March: Galway Chamber Business Afterhours Networking Event, Louis Copeland, Merchants Road, Galway. Register here.

30th March: StartupBlink Meet up: Monthly meet up for Entrepreneurs

31st March: Galway Startup Weekend, held over 54 hours in Bank Of Ireland Startlab.  

05th April: SBCI and Credit Review Finance for Business roadshow, Ardilaun Hotel 6.30pm

10th April: Developing Mental Leadership, Portershed

14th April: Closing date to enter the Business Woman of the Year Awards, Network Galway

20th April: Ian Lucey, CEO of The Lucey Fund, Early Stage VC will host a meetup at Bank of Ireland, Eyre Square. Register here.

If you have any news or events for our next edition or would like to speak to us about holding an event with us, please let us know to info@gtc.ie or on twitter @galwaytech. We would like to wish all of our readers a very Happy Easter, our next edition will be published in April.