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Leaders@LIT Student Scholarship

Inspired by​ our commitment to promoting equitable access to and successful participation in higher education for all members of society, inspired by our desire to support social inclusiveness and in particular to students who are socio-economically disadvantaged, the 'LIT Foundation' under the guidance and leadership of its Thought Leadership and Advisory Team has adopted as a priority an initiative to match deserving students with sponsoring companies and individuals. 

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Enterprise Ladder Fund

LIT has as its brief as outlined in Section 5(1) IOT Act 2006 ‘to provide vocational and technical education and training for the economic, technological, scientific ,commercial, industrial, social and cultural development of the state with particular reference to the region served by the college’. This includes the promotion of enterprise development within the region in support of its educational remit. LIT has established a seed fund to provide early stage financial equity for start-up companies. This seed fund will focus on supporting the start-up companies in LIT’s existing enterprise centres based in the Hartnett Enterprise Centre in its Moylish Campus, the National Franchise Centre in its O’Connell Street Campus, Thurles Chamber Enterprise Centre at LIT Tipperary and Croom Community Enterprise Centre in conjunction with Croom Development Agency as well as the planned IFIL – Irish Fashion Incubator in Limerick city centre and the Research & Innovation Centre at the LIT Tipperary Clonmel Campus. Whereas most start-up companies secure initial funds from friends and family as well as some bank loan funding, it is always a challenge for a start-up business to secure sufficient funds to sustain its business through the initial stages. This seed fund is intended to assist in filling this gap. This fund is known as the Enterprise Ladder Fund or ELF.

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Ryan Entrepreneurship Fund

LIT has as its brief as outlined in Section 5(1) IOT Act 2006 ‘to provide vocational and technical education and training for the economic, technological, scientific ,commercial, industrial, social and cultural development of the state with particular reference to the region served by the college’. This includes the promotion of enterprise development within the region in support of its educational remit.

At LIT we take our responsibility to contribute to true innovation, new enterprise and new employment seriously. It is at the heart of the LIT Vision and Strategy 2020, which focuses on providing Active Leadership in Education, Enterprise and Engagement with the wider community. LIT already has a proven track record in delivering on this vision through our regional enterprise centres. One of Tipperary’s greatest entrepreneurs, Dr. Tony Ryan, Ireland’s Aviator, provides critical support for entrepreneurs through creating the Ryan Enterprise Ladder fund in partnership with LIT.

The overall vision for the Ryan Entrepreneurship Fund for Tipperary is to invest funds to assist startup businesses so that the enterprises have enough funds to sustain themselves for a period of development until they reach a state of beginning either able to continue funding themselves, or have created something of value so that they are worthy of future rounds of funding. The Ryan Entrepreneurship Fund is expected to form part of and to supplement the overall financing programme of early stage companies which will also include proprietor equity and which may include bank loans, friend and family funding and grant assistance. Funding decisions will be made by the Ryan Entrepreneurship Fund Review and Oversight Panel.

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​​​​​​Community Engagement Gateway

The Community Engagement Gateway is a flagship project of Limerick Institute of Technology’s (LIT) Campus 2030 delivering social transformation to the most disadvantaged community in Limerick and in Ireland.

The Community Engagement Gateway is a flagship project of Limerick Institute of Technology’s (LIT) Campus 2030 Masterplan, delivering social transformation to the most disadvantaged community in Limerick and in Ireland. The goal is to build capacity back into a severely distressed city neighbourhood— educational capacity, retail capacity, quality-of-life capacity, and especially economic capacity — guided by the belief that all these elements will unite to create one richly diverse connected and cohesive community. In the 1990’s LIT found itself surrounded by the poverty, crime, and physical decline that afflicted the north-side of Limerick City.

The LIT response like many other institutions was to turn inward, trying to insulate themselves. In physical terms this resulted in the erection of boundaries such as a concrete wall between LIT and its immediate neighbours – the communities of Moyross, Ballynanty, St. Nessans Community College, Corpus Christi Primary School, St. Munchins Girls National School and Thomond Park. However, this approach characterised by barriers and boundaries is being radically altered through a range of progressive engagement measures, driven by LIT’s particular focus on its civic engagement mission and strong partnerships with the community. The significant infrastructural step change now required will be delivered by this transformational project. In the Community Gateway we will co-locate community, education and sports facilities to enable social transformation in a coherent and sustainable way. This facility leverages the proven success of the positive influence of sport as a progressive social catalyst, where LIT already has a track record.

The Community Gateway will physically open the LIT City North campus to the three surrounding communities of Moyross (Corpus Christi Parish); Ballynanty (St Munchins Parish); and Kileely /Thomondgate (St. Munchins Parish), integrating the campus with the neighbourhoods; it removes physical walls and psychological boundaries, enabling the three communities, LIT and Thomond Park to work as one.

The Community Gateway is a large multipurpose public building with flexible spaces, indoor astroturf and a civic plaza operating year round. The building will face the LIT campus as a sports and teaching facility and will face the neighbourhood as a community and sports amenity. The development will remove symbols of division e.g. a boundary wall and utilise the LIT Campus to connect the residential communities, Thomond Park and the City Centre. The physical master-plan will ensure that LIT is better integrated with the City North area and will create benefits and positive impacts in the areas of healthcare, employment, social integration, education, self-esteem and local community infrastructure. In effect it will create a transformational integration of hopes, aspirations and deliverable life-changing opportunities to a disenfranchised community. This community based project will be transformational for the Moyross and City North Community and play a significant role in the integration of that community with an education corridor encompassing 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th level education. It will deliver on real educational infrastructural needs for the LIT campus community as well as amenity needs of the north side of the city.

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JP McManus fund gives €4m to LIT community project

JP McManus fund gives €4m to LIT community project​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Limerick Institute Of Technology
LIT Foundation
Moylish Park,
Limerick City
Limerick
Ireland

Tel: 061 293454
Email: katrina.healy@litfoundation.ie

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