QUESTUM - Supporting Innovation

The Irish Innovation Centre

The Irish Innovation Centre was founded by John Hartnett, a graduate of LIT and for whom the Hartnett Centre is named after. The Irish Innovation Centre is the Silicon Valley launching pad for International Technology companies. From San Jose, California - the capital of Silicon Valley - companies rapidly accelerate their growth by taking advantage of the extensive services available from the IIC. The Hartnett EAC works closely with the IIC in Silicon Valley organising Trade Missions for our clients to Silicon Valley and working with the IIC to help provide the best service possible for our clients.

Just like the Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre - The Irish Innovation Centre provides an environment for like-minded entrepreneurs to gain access to venture firms, bankers, customers, suppliers and employees that will enable their companies to grow and flourish.

The Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) is an affiliate partner of the Innovation Centre and provides residents access to a “built in” network of successful Silicon Valley business executives from leading technology companies such as Cisco, Intel Logitech and more.

LIT, through its ITLG and SVG Partners connection are supporting affiliates of THRIVE, an Accelerator launched in the Silicon and Salinas Valleys in California in 2014.

While total investments in agtech grew to $4.6B in 2015, significant and pressing challenges persist in food and agriculture today. At the same time, regulatory policy, environmental changes, and shifting consumer preference are continually galvanizing new areas for innovation.

THRIVE and its growing ecosystem of partners is committed to identifying, connecting, and accelerating technologies with the potential for system-wide transformation. Launched out of the Silicon and Salinas Valleys in 2014, the THRIVE Accelerator supports startups from all areas of the value chain whose technologies drive us towards a more efficiently operated, environmentally minded, and accessible agriculture future.

In partnership with Taylor Farms, Land O' Lakes, Verizon, the City of Salinas, Wells Fargo, Driscoll's Berries, Yamaha Motors, and Panasonic, the THRIVE Accelerator will select 10 AgTech startups to participate in an 8-week virtual accelerator program. Throughout the program on an ongoing basis, companies will have one-on-one mentorship and engagement with top tier industry leaders in agriculture and technology, take advantage of field and value chain deployment opportunities, access investment opportunities, and incubation services.

Eligible Startups Improving food & agriculture requires innovation at every stage of the supply chain. THRIVE AgTech looks for startups, pre-series A, with technologies focused in the following areas: