Business Centres

The variety of business centres present in Cork City offer everything needed to small businesses from training, mentoring and office spaces to craft spaces ensuring support is provided for businesses of all sizes and sectors. 

Rubicon Centre

The Rubicon Centre: based At MTU campus primary focus is to develop Ireland’s next generation of start-ups, which have the potential to develop and employ more than one person. As an Innovation Centre for entrepreneurs, the Rubicon Centre is there to help, encourage & give support to people who present a unique idea or highlight a market niche. Enterprise Ireland’s funded New Frontiers Programme is hosted here.

Gateway UCC

Gateway UCCGateway UCC offers a supportive and dynamic work environment for knowledge-based start-ups, spin-out, and spin-in companies in the heart of University College Cork. Encompassing c. 1,400 sq. m, including 25 incubation units, ‘wet-lab space to accommodate biotechnology companies, and hot-desking facilities, Gateway UCC provides a stimulating environment to nurture and explore the feasibility of their business opportunity.


Benchspace: Benchspace is a creative hub in Cork City. It was established to provide affordable access to workbenches and professional standard machinery to hobbyists, learners, makers and designers.

Benchspace Cork is the first co-making space of its kind in Ireland, the project is inspired by similar successful projects in Holland, the UK and Australia. Such projects have turned post-industrial spaces into seed-beds for a new generation of creators, designers, and techies. Benchspace is in the former Ford factory in Cork which has a tangible heritage as a centre of commerce and production.

Benchspace exists to allow makers turn their passions into their professions. If you want to start your own fine woodworking or craft business then we’d like to help to providing space and equipment at an affordable price. Instead of many individual bills, we charge one fee to cover all of your machine, space, power, waste and workshop insurance costs. Benchspace work's hard to keep this fee as small as possible. You can contact us and see how Benchspace can help you.

Co-Working Spaces

Cork City entrepreneurs and small businesses in need of office space can avail of the many Co-working spaces in Cork city. Co-Working spaces allow entrepreneurs and independent professionals access to high tech office spaces where they can become members of a community comprised of like-minded individual’s entrepreneurs, creators, and independent employees.

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