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Innovation & Creativity

The North West's Incubation Centre

Turning Knowledge into Enterprise

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Welcome to CoLab

CoLab, based on the Letterkenny campus at LYIT, is a stimulating and supportive incubation centre for the North West.

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Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Port Road, Letterkenny
Co Donegal, Ireland

T: +353 (0)74 918 6703

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Colab – What does it mean?

It’s in the name. A collaborative hub, a like-minded community to enable people with great ideas to turn them into viable businesses. You’ve got the inspiration. CoLab is a stimulating and supportive environment to help you succeed.

Whether you’re a one person start-up or a small company, CoLab has a range of outstanding facilities to help you develop your idea. This includes high-spec office and research units, shared reception services, meeting and training rooms, the latest telecommunications technology, and a communal networking area.


Based on the Letterkenny IT campus, CoLab is home to pioneering research in many areas. We have strong connections in Ireland and Europe through business and innovator networks, as well as links to other academic institutes. The team at CoLab is involved in numerous initiatives and programmes for technology entrepreneurs ensuring the latest trends and thinking across many industry sectors are at your disposal. Home to 28 other entrepreneurs, networking is a natural occurrence. It’s not all work though, the centre hosts various cultural occasions from time to time too.



Already 100 entrepreneurs have started their journey with us, many returning from overseas, who have now gone on to create successful businesses. Indeed they represent another valuable resource for you to tap into.

We see CoLab as a dynamic point of convergence where quality-of-life meets cutting-edge technology, where Ireland’s Northwest meets the global marketplace. We see it as the place for you to turn your ideas into your future, knowledge into enterprise.

Creating a North West Regional Ecosystem for Innovation and Jobs

CoLab, the Innovation Centre at Letterkenny IT, has recently outlined substantial funding for 3 innovative projects designed to support the future success of the North West Regional Economy. In association with IT Sligo, CoLab has secured over €1.2 million to deliver the next 3 years of New Frontiers, the successful Enterprise Ireland funded entrepreneur development

LYIT celebrates its first Masters graduate from the Electronic Department.

Christopher McDaid, son of Martin and Bridie McDaid from Killourt, Malin Head, Co. Donegal always had an interest in electronics from an early age, which led to him to enrol at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) in September 2004 to pursue his interests. After completing a course in Electronic & Computer engineering, Chris went on