This event will now take place online on  Tuesday 8th Sept 10am - 1pm
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L to R: Jim Fennell, Head of the GMIT Mayo campus, Denis Sheehy, winner of the The PitchComp 2013, Joe Greaney of WestBIC, prize sponsor, and Helean Deane, Acting Manager of the GMIT Innovation in Business Centre.

  GMIT Innovation Hub Castlebar, photo courtesy of

Spirit Event 

Every year, since 2006, The Innovation Hub at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in Mayo has hosted a ‘Spirit of’ event. This year (its 13th year) is a collaborative event and is being run in association with the GMIT Innovation Hubs through the EMPOWER Programme. The EMPOWER Programme is a   female entrepreneurship programme co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020’. Grant Thornton and the Local Enterprise Offices are also part of the event.

As well as celebrating entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity, we also use our event as a stage to inspire and encourage people from all walks of life, to help them to pursue their own business ideas. Over the years the event has grown from hosting a small number of attendees to several hundred, and it has become an important platform for our audience to gain valuable insight by listening to those who are successfully established in business.

We hope you will join our Spirit of Enterprise event this year virtually on Tuesday 8th September from 10am (Males and Females welcome)

10am        Open and Welcome
10.15am   Guest Speaker    Mary McKenna
10.30am   Guest Speaker    Lorraine Heskin
10.45am   Guest Speaker    Niamh McKenna
11.00am   Interactive Q&A with the three guest speakers
11.20am   Breakout Room
11.30am   Break
11.40am   Panel discussion with the influencers
12.20pm   Breakout rooms 
12.30pm   Pitches, voting and prizes
12.50pm   Closing of EMPOWER Event
12.55pm   Summary and thank you
​13.00pm   Close

MC Carole Coleman with Aine Mulloy, Norah Patten and Lorraine Corcoran 2018 event
Lady Chanelle McCoy, Breege O Donoghue and Evelyn O Toole
EMPOWER Start Start to Finish Pitching competition in Jan 2018
Speakers at EMPOWER Explore 2018
EMPOWER Programme with TD Hildegarde Naughton and Minister Stanton
‘This EMPOWER project is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020’.