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Research and Innovation can often seem like a daunting task, particularly if you are a startup or an SME. If you are unsure which direction to take or how to start the process, help is at hand with Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways. Our Network of 17 Gateways collaborates with Irish companies, of all sizes, to develop innovative solutions for products, processes or services. So, if you are a company that is looking to explore or expand your research, development and innovation options or are ready to take the first step in your innovation journey, Technology Gateways are here to help.

The information provided below is a guide to the Gateway innovation and expertise that is available to businesses in the South (and those further afield)

The region is home to four Technology Gateways, based in the Munster Technological University (MTU) offering specialisations such as Intelligent Mechatronics & RFID, Applied Biotechnology, Embedded Computing & Software Systems and Photonics.


Shannon ABC Technology Gateway (Applied Biotechnology)
MTU – Kerry Campus & TUS Midwest 

Shannon ABC Technology Gateway is co-located on the MTU (Kerry) and TUS: Midwest campuses and is a leader in bioresource research – detection, identification, characterisation and valorisation. The Gateway collaborates with industry and other research centres in order to deliver this expertise in applied settings.  

Shannon ABC Gateway delivers solutions to scientific and technical challenges faced by industry, by developing new processes and products from bio-resources. The Gateway develops state-of-the-art processes, using ingredients and biological products from natural resources. The results of these processes are delivered to companies in the Agriculture, Bioeconomy, Biotechnology, Cosmetics, Environmental, Food & Drink, Health, Marine and Pharmaceutical sectors. 

The Gateway has developed and continues to expand an extensive biological repository of extracts and organisms derived from wide ranging sources and processes. 


  • Analytical capabilities 
  • Bioeconomy 
  • Bioprospecting 
  • Bioprocessing 
  • Cell culture 
  • Food & Drink 
  • Fungal Biotechnology 
  • Microalgal Biotechnology 
  • Plant Biotechnology 

IMar Technology Gateway (Intelligent Mechatronics & RFID)  
MTU – Kerry Campus 

IMaR Technology Gateway, based in MTU (Kerry), applies its core expertise in electronics, mechatronics, automation technologies, software, IoT, RFID and data analytics to address process and product innovation requirements of enterprises.  

IMaR specializes in embedded systems, intelligent and connected smart sensors and devices, automation and robotics, process monitoring and analytics. Offering a range of services to industry such as technical project development and specification, technical product audit, prototype/proof of concept development, technical consultancy and industry collaborations, as well as assistance in sourcing funding for research and development projects. 


  • Embedded systems 
  • Intelligent and connected smart sensors and devices 
  • Internet of Things (IoT) 
  • Automation and robotics 
  • RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technologies 
  • Process monitoring and analytics 

NIMBUS Technology Gateway (Embedded Computing & Software Systems)  
MTU – Cork Campus 

Nimbus Technology Gateway, based in MTU (Cork), is the industry interface for the Nimbus group. The Gateway develops Internet of Things (IoT) and Cyber Physical System prototypes for a broad range of companies, connecting everyday objects and systems and making them smart. The Nimbus Research Centre is at the forefront of cyber-physical systems (CPS) and Internet of Things (IoT) research, innovation and learning, developing technologies that address the real needs of industry, people and society. 

Nimbus Gateway provides businesses with innovative software, hardware, technical research, development and innovation support. The Gateway acts as a resource to bring innovative business ideas to life, acting as an extension of the company’s research and development capability. 


  • Electronics/hardware 
  • Sensor devices and systems 
  • Mechanical design 
  • Miniaturisation 
  • Networks and wireless communications 
  • Software 
  • Data analytics 
  • Systems integration, controls and optimisation tools 
  • UX (User Experience) & UI (User Interface) 
  • Virtual and augmented reality 

Cappa Technology Gateway (Innovation through Light)
MTU – Cork campus 

CAPPA Technology Gateway is a research centre based in MTU (Cork) conducting both applied and fundamental research on photonics for applications in areas as diverse as telecommunications, medical devices, food, beverage and pharmaceutical manufacturing. CAPPA Gateway works in the area of photonics generation and manipulation of light, and a major strand of the Gateways activities focuses on bringing the benefits of photonics technology to a diverse range of industry partners. 

The Gateway applies photonics solutions to industry in a wide range of sectors, including medical devices and technologies, pharmaceutical manufacturing, food & beverage technologies and electronics and telecommunications. 

CAPPA’s researchers have a strong track record of engagement with industry. Focusing on a wide variety of sectors including Medical Devices & Technologies, Pharmaceuticals, Electronics and Food Technology.  


  • New photonics devices 
  • Medtech & pharmaceuticals 
  • Food & beverages 
  • Manufacturing technologies 
  • Devices & Sensors 

For additional information on Technology Gateways or previous projects, check out the Network page and case studies section. 

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