The Model County Enterprise Group CLG is a non-profit organisation committed to supporting local business in county Wexford

About Us

Who are we?

The Model County Enterprise Group CLG is a non-profit organisation committed to supporting local business in county Wexford.

Established in 1999 as the Enniscorthy Enterprise & Technology Centre, now the Model County Enterprise Group, we have over 17 years’ experience in supporting entrepreneurship in county Wexford.

What do we do?

  • Host workshops and training to help individuals become employment-ready
  • Provide affordable office space equip with ample facilities for both new and established businesses
  • Offer mentoring and industry advice to newcomers
  • Provide incubation space for innovative start-ups

Where do we do it?

The Enniscorthy Enterprise and Technology Centre (EETC)

The EETC is a purpose-built premises located just outside of Enniscorthy town. Equipped with office units of various sizes, excellent facilities (including free high-speed broadband) and passionate staff with industry experience ready to help you and your business succeed.  

The EETC is an important part of the business network in Enniscorthy, with many of the regions’ new and exciting companies located here. Our tenants work alongside one another and benefit from peer to peer learning and networking.

Find out more about how the EETC can help your business here: www.eetc.ie

The Hatch Lab

The Hatch Lab is a new Tech Incubator space located in Gorey. The facility first opened in 2017 and is a modern and spacious building designed specifically to accommodate technology companies and start-ups.

A client of the Hatch Lab would benefit from start-up incubation space, networking opportunities, mentoring & advice, a large board room or individual pods, technical expert talks and pitches to potential investors.

The full-time residents are made up of start-ups, me-too businesses in the ICT sector, and co-working individuals.

Find out more about the Hatch Lab here: www.thehatchlab.ie

Projects

The Fab Lab

The Fab Lab is a small-scale digital fabrication workshop located at the Enniscorthy Enterprise & Technology Centre. The workshop opened in the centre in 2018 after the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) approved an allocation of €64,500 of rapid funding to be granted to the project.

Equip with 3D printers, a CNC milling machine, a laser cutting machine, a virtual-reality headset, a handheld 3D scanner and a small electronic assembly & test area, the lab is a county wide initiative designed to make almost anything.

The Fab Lab offers technical prototyping facilities for innovation, invention and learning and is aimed at making 3D design and manufacturing available to the community. In addition to this, the Fab Lab operates a computer aided crafting & design course which offers the opportunity to participants to avail of third level education places in Carlow IT and Waterford IT upon completion of the course.

The Enniscorthy Technology Park

A new facility is being constructed in order to support SMEs in a modern facility with a view of the countryside just outside of Enniscorthy town. This facility will be designed for businesses in the technology sector with the aim of supporting businesses, the creation of jobs and the growth of the local economy.

Our Ethos

The Model County Enterprise Group is a non-profit organisation committed to helping the Enniscorthy District Community.

Our core objectives are to support local start-ups, established businesses and individuals.

We achieve these objectives by providing a sheltered environment and incubation space for vulnerable start-ups to develop their businesses. We offer affordable office space in order to give new and established businesses the best opportunity to reach their potential. We also provide training, support and work placements for individuals to become employment ready.

As well as carrying out our core objectives, we are committed to taking steps towards becoming more sustainable in our business practices. In this way, we would like to set an example for other businesses to adopt more sustainable practices.

We have developed our own 3 pillars of sustainable development which we strive to achieve:

  1. Positive local economic outcomes
  2. Positive social outcomes
  3. Positive environmental outcomes

 

Positive local economic outcomes

We believe that by providing incubation space for start-ups, affordable workspaces for businesses and training programmes for individuals we can encourage positive local economic outcomes.

In this way, the local economy will have a strong economic asset base which will assist businesses and individuals to reach their potential. Our incubation space will encourage diverse and responsible businesses in the local community leading to positive consequences for the local economy with higher employment opportunities located in Enniscorthy.

Positive social outcomes

We believe that we can support our society by providing a supportive and enabling environment for start-ups and individuals to develop their skills, test their ideas and reach their potential. Through this, we believe that we can foster local activism, participation and capability in people of Enniscorthy.

Positive environmental outcomes

We are committed to improving our sustainability, for example, we have built a community garden and upgraded the facility’s lighting to more efficient systems. We believe that by making small changes to support sustainability we can work towards becoming an example for our tenants and local business as to how they can become more sustainable and encourage long-term improvement for the environment.

Governance

The Model County Enterprise Group is a Company Limited by Guarantee with a Board of Trustees.

Th board’s role is to support the executives of the Model County Enterprise Group in achieving the overall objectives of the group. 

The board members are:

  • Helen Murphy – Head of School of Education & Lifelong Learning, Waterford Institute of Technology.
  • Bernie Morrissey – Enniscorthy Credit Union.
  • Iain Wickham – Principal of Enniscorthy Vocational School, WWETB.
  • Liz Hore – Head of LEO/Economic development Wexford County Council.
  • Barbara Anne Murphy – Wexford County Council representative.
  • Jim Hughes – CEO of Innovate
  • Blaise Brosnan – MRI Business Consultant
  • Gillian Baker – Head of SME Export, Enterprise Ireland
  • Boyd Scott – Business Consultant
  • Grainne Kennedy – Sustainability & Environmental Specialist

Our Story

A timeline of important events and achievements of the Model County Enterprise Group CLG.

  • 1999 Formation of company as the Enniscorthy Enterprise and Technology Centre
  • 2001 Funding and Bank Loan secured
  • 2002 Enniscorthy Enterprise & Technology Centre (EETC) opened doors 
  • 2002 The first employees of the EETC begin work
  • 2002 Signed Memo of Understanding with WIT
  • 2002 EVC PLC course rent from first floor
  • 2003 WIT single subject modules begin
  • 2003 Centre units full for the first time
  • 2004 Split unit 6 into three offices
  • 2004-2005 First EU funding Blended learning SYOB training course €150,000
  • 2005- 2006 Virtual Incubation Centre (VIC-EU) online training and information portal €400,000
  • 2006-2008 FAS CPD training fund €300,000 and Interreg program €250,000
  • 2009 Centre builds on third floor to support growing companies in the Centre
  • 2008-2011 EETC became Skillnets network centre €350,000 spent on training very little back to EETC.
  • 2012 EVC PLC last course leaves the Centre
  • 2012 Chevron Training leaves the EETC
  • 2014 Sonru grows to 60 staff and leaves the Centre
  • 2014 Got E Fibre on March 2014, changed internet speed
  • 2015 John O’Connor provides consultancy to Wexford County Council for the development of an incubation space in Gorey
  • 2016 EETC is successful in their application of Erasmus KA1 funding
  • 2017 The Hatch Lab opens
  • 2018 Change of organisation name to “The Model County Enterprise Group CLG”
  • 2019 Extension of 3,000 sq. ft. extra in The Hatch Lab 

Contact Us

Phone: +353 87 287 2715
Email: sophia@mceg.ie

Enniscorthy Enterprise and Technology Centre,
Milehouse Road,
Bellefield,
Enniscorthy,
Co. Wexford
Y21D8W6

©MCEG CLG 2020