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Medtech Accelerator BioExel at NUI Galway, is supported by Enterprise Ireland, to further enhance the medical technology sector start-up ecosystem within Ireland and attract global talent to the Galway region. Other partnership sponsors for this Enterprise Ireland supported accelerator are the Western Development Commission, the Galway University Foundation and the Bank of Ireland Seed and Early Stage Equity Fund. This Accelerator programme is now open to applications from teams or individuals both in Ireland or international, with an opportunity in the medical technology sector.

Dedicated Entrepreneur in Residence

Professor Robert Rosenberg


Professor Robert Rosenberg has served as the Director of Entrepreneurial Programs at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth School of Business, Chicago, lllinois. A leader in the development of Chicago’s angel community, the creation of the Chicago’s Innovation Exchange and the city’s strategy for technology development. Having worked in entrepreneurship and the knowledge economy as an educator, researcher, entrepreneur, investor and mentor Robert brings 3 decades of experience and leadership in academic, corporate and government collaborations.

Gillian Buckley


Gillian Buckley is the WDC’s Investment Manager. She has over 25 years’ experience in investing, managing and advising SMEs across a broad range of sectors. She brought the WDC Investment Fund from its concept to reality, negotiating both the original €32m exchequer allocation and devising the Evergreen Strategy which has allowed the Fund to become self-financing since 2010. She has overseen the investment of over €44m in 122 SME, community and micro enterprises. She is also a director of the Irish Venture Capital Association and a member of the European Venture Capital Association.

Partnership Sponsors

BioExel is a partnership programme funded by Enterprise Ireland, Galway University Foundation, Bank of Ireland Seed and Early Stage Equity Fund, the Western Development Commission and hosted by NUI Galway.


BioExel has the potential to support up to 14 SMEs based in the Western Region from 2017 to 2019.


Bank of Ireland Seed and Early Stage Equity Fund have committed €300,000 to the programme.

What BioExel is Looking For?

Strong technology that addresses a significant global unmet market need or problem

Must have a technical, clinical or business need

Globally scalable product or services-led propositions

Potential to be investor ready or revenue generating within 18 months

Strong commercial and technical team