The Nexus Innovation Centre, located at the heart of the University of Limerick's magnificent campus is a purpose built environment that combines: individual offices, shared desk space, collaborative work spaces, a startup studio, small intimate meeting rooms, an impressive boardroom, high specification bio-labs and a reconfigurable lobby/exhibition space. Nexus, however, is about so much more than space, it's about community!
Our members or 'Nexi' are drawn from all walks of life but have one thing in common, the vision and drive to start a new business. Nexus understands the paradoxical nature of a start-up business. On one-hand they are exciting, playful and creative fledgling organisations that require leaders with audacity and passion, and, on the other, they are hard work, process-oriented businesses that require leaders with perseverance and discipline.
At Nexus, we believe that smart agile startups can be fostered through a highly connected and supportive community. We foster a ‘smart startup’ approach to everything we do: we learn by doing, encourage early customer engagement and co-creation, we focus on revenue generation, we constantly challenge our members to be better, smarter and leaner. The Nexus Philosophy is firmly rooted in the notions of the lean startup and design thinking.
Martina Skelly caught a glimpse of her new company, YellowSchedule, when she missed a medical appointment for which she had waited a long time. Martina recalls, “Now the hospital’s waiting list was longer, somebody didn’t get the appointment slot I had missed, and obviously it wasn’t convenient for me. So I started thinking about how we could make it easier for both sides.” With a background in technology, Martina had already managed the design of a live booking system for B&B’s for...
Michael Byrne is an idea man. His company, Conceptworx, has been around for a while – he originally set it up so he could develop software products on a contract basis. When contract work lost its lustre, he developed a home media product idea. He called it ICE, for 'Integrated Consumer Entertainment', and described it as the LEGO bricks of media players: a range of setup boxes that could be stacked, with power and cable connections in the base unit. Then things got complicated. Once Michael had the...
University firms go to next levelThe Nexus ‘studio’ entrepreneurs at UL: From left: Diarmaid Upton, William Lee, Joanna Mason, Maurice Clarke, Linda Higgins, Ray McGreal, and in fron ...