Nexus is a purpose-built Innovation Centre at the heart of the University of Limerick. Nexus is a growing community of entrepreneurs which: leverages the University’s knowledge base; enables accelerated business development; and makes connections with potential investors, experienced entrepreneurs and the wider community.

Nexus enables the accelerated development of national and international start-ups with global reach and the commercialisation of academic research resulting in the creation of new businesses and jobs. Nexus is a hub of activity where entrepreneurs can develop, collaborate and grow. The Centre aims to increase entrepreneurship with an international trading focus.

 At Nexus we challenge start-ups to move past conventional ideas around businesses development and encourage them to become highly connected agile, smart start-ups.

Address: Nexus Innovation Centre, Tierney Building, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

Gert O'Rourke

Gert O’Rourke 

New Ventures Manager


Sandra Langan 






Sandra Langan
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Member Focused Services

Nexus continues to develop member-focused services that enable startups to accelerate their development in a highly connected and open environment. Leveraging knowledge, research and experience in the areas of entrepreneurship, technology and management.

We understand that things have to be done fast and in a cost effective fashion. We are particularly driven by the concept of lean startups/businesses that optimise scarce resources, develop organisational agility and the ability to pivot fast when required.

Our support programmes are organic and grown to suit the needs of our newest members. We believe that getting to know our members intimately helps us build useful and relevant methods to support accelerated growth, challenge ideas and encourage startups to make bold well-informed decisions.

The Nexus Community

Nexus is a community of startups all focused on creating and growing a business in the region. Engagement, support, peer learning and general give and take, all contribute to a rapidly growing supportive environment from which a startup can quickly become investor ready.

Challenges are frequent, tensions often high and hard truths are told. Those who shout loudest and longest get the most support and there’s a general expectation that as you grow you give back what you’ve received. Our most valuable resource is the members themselves who support each other through investment pitches, funding applications, sales leads, mentoring and offer a sounding board and a pick me up hand when most needed.

Setting up and growing a business is downright hard work but our members are encouraged to take some time out, when and where possible and participate in our summer tours, networking and social events, well-being initiatives, soccer leagues, yoga, table tennis challenges and coffee breaks in the canteen where the best ideas are developed.

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Office Space

Nexus is a purpose built contemporary building, offering our start-up and spinout community a quality environment to pursue their entrepreneurial ambitions with plenty of natural light, designed to take full advantage of the collaborative atmosphere.

It offers individual offices, shared desk space, collaborative work spaces, small intimate meeting rooms, an impressive boardroom, high specification bio-labs and a re-configurable lobby/exhibition space.

Businesses must be committed and contribute to the Nexus ethos of open innovation, connection and collaboration.