Becoming an inhouse member at the Tom Crean Business Centre means having access to modern and comfortable offices, alongside several benefits including staffed reception, meeting rooms, canteen with coffee dock, shower facilities, car parking, mailbox, discounted membership rates for the gym at Kerry Sports Academy, access to in-house expert led events and the opportunity to work from a hub of innovation surrounded by likeminded entrepreneurs. Additional services include photocopying, postage and catering.
Established in 1988, the Tom Crean Business Centre is the longest established Enterprise Centre in Kerry. Named to honour the spirit of exploration and determination of Kerry seaman and explorer Tom Crean, the centre plays a leading role within the county as a stimulus, enabler and coordinator of entrepreneurship, innovation, enterprise development and economic activity.
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Munster Technological University is a multi-campus technological university, contributing to the region through the provision of academic programmes that support student development and opportunities, education and research.
MTU has an extensive and impressive regional footprint with six campuses across the South-West region in Cork and Kerry, and consists of:
Courses and Programmes
Clubs and Societies
Links with Leading Colleges Worldwide 6 Campuses Across the South-West Region
Staff Developing & Supporting Learners
Uniquely, the Tom Crean Business Centre and MTU Kerry shares a campus with Kerry Technology Park. This proximity has further enabled the development of links with a range of cutting-edge start-ups, global companies, and internationally recognised research centres. Kerry Technology Park is located on a 113-acre parkland campus surrounded by breath-taking scenery, yet within walking distance of Tralee town centre and adjoining the north campus of the Munster Technological University.
The park is a combination of a high quality business estate with leading edge communications and a local research and education centre. It encompasses the Business Innovation Centre, 50 acres of enterprise space, a range of office suites and business units and a powerful enterprise culture.
Tom Crean Explorer:
Tom Crean was born in Gortacurraun, Annascaul Co. Kerry on the 20th of July 1877. In 1893 shortly before his 16th birthday he enlisted in the Royal Navy, leaving Minard aboard a cargo ship bound for England.
In 1901 while serving as an able seaman on board the HMS Ringarooma in New Zealand, Crean encountered Commander Robert Scott who had called on port to refit his ship Discovery while on route to the Antarctic. Crean volunteered to join the Discovery and was accepted for the expedition. It would be the first of three major expeditions to be undertaken by the young Kerryman.
Tom Crean retired from the Navy in 1920 and returned to Annascaul where he married and settled. He and his wife Ellen bought and rebuilt a public house by the river and named it “The South Pole Inn”. He spent the remainder of his days enjoying family life and eschewed the many attempts by visitors to engage him in tales of his exploits in the Antarctic.
Tom Crean died in 1938 from a ruptured appendix. His funeral was the largest ever witnessed in Annascaul. This seemingly indestructible man was finally laid to rest in the tiny cemetery in Ballynacourty, in a tomb he built himself, overlooking the hills of Kerry.
The determination, courage and perseverance of Tom Crean is an inspiration to all and we at the Tom Crean Business Centre are proud to have been granted the right to use his name as a badge of intent for the new ventures that will be undertaken within.
The Tom Crean Business Centre is a unique and highly flexible incubation space, combing business development processes, infrastructure and people, designed to nurture and grow new and small businesses by supporting them through initial stages of development and change.
As part of the Munster Technological University (MTU) members of the Tom Crean Business Centre have access to state-of-the-art research facilities based on the Kerry Campus. Members also have direct access to MTU students and alumni for project work and graduate positions.
Office Space includes 22 office units, varying in size from individual to open plan shared office space.
Shared office space is also available to book on a monthly basis. Shared office space offers early-stage start-ups the opportunity to reserve a workspace at the Tom Crean Business Centre in an office shared with other entrepreneurs. Our shared office space package includes Access to WiFi, Canteen with Coffee Dock, Mailbox, Car Parking and additional services such as photocopying, postage and catering.
The centre is funded by Enterprise Ireland and totals 1,100m2 with lettable space of 569.7m2 and other spaces including meeting, boardroom, storage, reception, common areas etc of 530.3m2.
“Crua Outdoors has been a resident of the Tom Crean Centre since our inception in 2014. After completing the Enterprise Ireland course, Crua set up an office in the building. The Tom Crean Centre has been a wonderful home for Crua for the last 7 years. The staff are all very friendly and responsive. Having a canteen and full tech'd out conference and training rooms really helps (especially in crazy COVID times). It's nice to share a building with like-minded start-ups where creative or strategic conversations can happen in the hallways or over a bun at Friday Bites”Crua Outdoors
“The Tom Crean Centre is a fantastic facility that ViClarity have been lucky enough to spend many years at over the last decade. The facility is equipped with everything you need and caters for all types of business needs. The best part for me is the team at the Tom Crean Centre, they are always very attentive to our suggestions and willing to help with anything we may need. There is a great atmosphere in the building between all the residents and businesses. There are lots of opportunities for shared learnings and networking within the group. The location speaks for itself, close enough to Tralee town centre yet away from any traffic during the morning or evening commute. Its proximity to MTU provides opportunity to pick from a top talent pool of graduates and access to MTU facilities and initiatives. Overall, the Tom Crean Centre is the perfect location for any entrepreneur looking to grow their team in the future”ViClarity