Co-founder and head of School, Design and Creative Arts at GMIT, Dr. Paddy Tobin, and CREW chief executive Niamh Costello, pictured at GMIT’s Cluain Mhuire campus, CREW’s central base in the west. Photo: Martina Regan

CREW initiative will support creative digital enterprise sector in Mayo

CREW, Creative Enterprise West, is a new collaborative initiative, which supports the creative digital enterprise sector in Mayo and the west counties. Key partners in this dynamic CREW initiative are Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), the Western Development Commission (WDC) and Galway Film Centre (GFC).

CREW has appointed Niamh Costello, formerly of Galway Technology Centre, as chief executive.

CREW’s focus will be on the development and scaling of creative digital entrepreneurs, job creation, incubation and accelerator programmes, training, and outreach services along the Atlantic Economic Corridor.

Plans are also underway for the development of a centre of excellence providing enterprise and co-working space on the GMIT Centre for Creative Arts and Media, Cluain Mhuire campus, Galway.

Niamh Costello has a wealth of entrepreneurial, business and industry experience, following seven successful years as general manager of the Galway Technology Centre. She is also a founding member of Galway City Innovation District, whose first building is the high profile Portershed.

Niamh also holds the position of national vice-chair and director of the National Association of Community Enterprise Centres, NACEC, which represent over 120 centres across Ireland. She’s also a previous director of Galway Chamber and Network Galway.

CREW has been approved for funding on this project under the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment’s Regional Enterprise Development Fund administered by Enterprise Ireland.