In 2017 Momentum completed the feasibility study for BIA Innovator Campus, a step change project that will transform the food entrepreneurship landscape in the West of Ireland by realising a dynamic food and drink innovation centre creating 360 jobs within 3 years in 40+ businesses while unlocking far reaching innovation ecosystem benefits.
It will be the first food infrastructure project in Ireland to have multi food sector support at one location, including key specialisms in meat, dairy and seafood. It will be a dynamic food and drink innovation centre of scale to deliver regional (West of Ireland) and national agri-food growth and regeneration by developing key infrastructure, supporting food businesses, creating employment, encouraging investment and facilitating collaboration among all key stakeholders.
BIA Innovator Campus CLG will redress the fact that Ireland does not have enough food incubators. A 2016 study, completed by Momentum, highlighted that there is a siesmic gap in infrastructural resources for food entrepreneurship and this is particularly acute in the West of Ireland with a dearth of facilities. Those that are in place are full and operate waiting lists e.g.The Food Hub, Drumshanbo (employing 75 people across 8 businesses) and with whom we are working closely to deliver a regional supply base.