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WestBIC is the official EC Business & Innovation Centre in the Border, Midland & Western (BMW) region of Ireland providing tailored support to innovative enterprise through the initial stages, from concept to commercialisation. Established in 1987, WestBIC is a specialist provider in the Government’s portfolio of supports to indigenous industry, supported under the National Development Plan. WestBIC has considerable cross-sector experience at the start-up and early stage development of value added enterprise and our mission statement is “to identify, incubate and support value-added enterprise opportunities.”

WestBIC has played a significant role in forging effective partnerships across the BMW Region over the last 25 years. Hundreds of innovative start-ups have benefitted from the support and resources of WestBIC thereby helping to drive job creation. Some of the more mature BIC client companies are now major employers and exporters. Over 25 years we have developed proven, key innovation enabling supports to the start-up market such as seed capital funds, the private equity or angel capital movement, incubation infrastructure and systems and the vital project validation, coaching and investor grade business planning service.

Programme Examples

WESTBIC have regularly undertaken practical innovative actions in favor of social enterprises. The Mayo Ideas Lab pilot project for instance was established by the Economic Working Group of Mayo County Development Board, with the support of Mayo Co. Council, Údarás na Gaeltachta, WestBIC and other agencies, to explore new ways to support idea generation and the development of a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in Co. Mayo.

NETWIN was a programme aimed at improving the performance and competitiveness of SME’s through local networking activity. Significant local and inter-regional results were been achieved over the three year lifetime of the programme including the following:

  • Establishment  of Roscommon Craft Network: over 30 members – activities included training programmes, joint promotional materials, collective website, attendance at trade fairs, mentoring programmes etc.
  • Roscommon Food Network: 10 members – activities included advice and consultancy services, implementation of hygiene, health and safety standards, product and market development programmes
  • Roscommon Tourism Network: over 70 members – main activity included facilitating the production of a comprehensive Action Plan for long term tourism development in the region, collective brochures etc.
  • Production of a comprehensive methodological guide to networking and cluster development, as a significant output of the inter-regional activity amongst various EU project partners.

Contact: 

Website www.westbic.ie
Address WestBICInnovation in Business Centre at GMIT

Galway Mayo Institute of Technology

Castlebar

Co. Mayo

Contact Person Seamus McCormack
Email smccormack@westbic.ie
Phone +353 (086) 2574978