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About Us

The Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence is part of the School of Business at Cork Institute of Technology. It was established in 2013 to support entrepreneurship in all its forms and is a part of the strong entrepreneurship eco-system across the Institute. In establishing this centre, CIT is extending its long-standing, strong commitment to supporting the entrepreneurship drive at regional and national levels. CIT intends to address a gap in Ireland’s current ability to train and provide support to all stakeholder groups who support and nurture entrepreneurship. The Centre is Ireland’s first Centre of Entrepreneurship Excellence and is engaged in academic and policy focused research, education and training.

The Centre has an excellent track record of project collaborations, as project lead and as partner, on National, European and Internationally co-funded projects. The Centre has secured over €3 million in European funding through Erasmus+, Interreg Europe, Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme and the European Social Fund.

We have a strong International focus with research partners including Finland, Greece, Spain, Vietnam, UK, France, Italy and Poland.

Entrepreneurship Teaching and Learning at CIT was awarded the prestigious 2018 DELTA (Disciplinary Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Assessment) award by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. The Hincks Centre is an integral part of CIT’s ACE group (Accelerating Campus Entrepreneurship) that won the award.



  • Our vision is to be the point of contact for entrepreneurship excellence in the region, nationally and internationally.
  • Our mission is to promote and provide entrepreneurship training, education and support to all stakeholder groups who support and nurture entrepreneurship.
  • We aim to stimulate research in all aspects of enterprise and entrepreneurship development.
  • We provide relevant and practical training and educational support to all involved in stimulating and supporting entrepreneurs.




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