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The Catalyst Community

A community of entrepreneurs, innovators, thinkers, doers, and dreamers.

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A diverse and inclusive community.

At Catalyst, diversity, equality, and inclusion are lived and breathed across our community, projects, and co-working spaces. Our vision? To create opportunity for all from world-leading innovation.

Creating, connecting, collaborating.

You'll see a wide-range of innovative companies in our community, from home-grown start-ups to multi-national corporations. We nurture the power of community to create spaces for start-ups to grow together.

Stories straight from our Catalyst Community.

Circular Data Solutions

Mike and Eoin, Founder and Director

Lightyear

Check out Lightyear's new offices at Catalyst TQ

Our Community

Meet the innovative businesses that call Catalyst home.

Two Iconic Locations

With headquarters steeped in over 150 years of world-changing industrial innovation and campuses reaching from the heart of Belfast to the breath-taking edge of the North Coast, we are creating cutting-edge environments where people love to come to work.

Meet our Community team

The team that bring the Catalyst Community to life!

Gosia Karbowiak

Gosia Karbowiak

Community Lead

Gosia Karbowiak is Community Lead at Catalyst based in Titanic Quarter. She plays a centra... read more
Gosia Karbowiak

Gosia Karbowiak

Community Lead

Gosia Karbowiak is Community Lead at Catalyst based in Titanic Quarter. She plays a central role in the Community Team to help create a collaborative community environment for the on-campus member tenants interacting with a wide variety of stakeholders.

By learning about Catalyst members’ products, teams and pain points she can tailor the experience to best serve their needs.

Prior to Catalyst, Gosia worked for Belfast’s largest membership organization – Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce – a far reaching membership organization in which she worked with the executive team delivering membership support and large-scale events including conferences and high-profile events with city’s stakeholders.

She is passionate about learning foreign languages and loves exploring the world, both the great outdoors and bustling cities.

Louise Cruickshank

Louise Cruickshank

Community Lead

Louise is Community Lead based at Catalyst’s Derry-Londonderry Campus. As a member o... read more
Louise Cruickshank

Louise Cruickshank

Community Lead

Louise is Community Lead based at Catalyst’s Derry-Londonderry Campus. As a member of the Community team, Louise has cross functional responsibilities that offer multi-faceted support to our on-campus members and the wider Catalyst community.

Before joining Catalyst, Louise was self employed in the hospitality sector. This was followed by a 15-year management role with Vodafone Retail across multiple locations in NI & England. Louise joined Catalyst in October 2018 as Innovation Centre Manager, before progressing into her current role of Community Lead.

Louise has an excellent customer experience skill set and is passionate about delivering high quality service that drives overall engagement with our tenant companies and partners. The community team are at the heart of the Catalyst experience. Louise and her colleagues are motivated by creating meaningful and mutually beneficial connections between members and the wider Catalyst community, so they can accelerate their businesses.

 

Niamh Griffin

Niamh Griffin

Head of Community

Niamh Griffin is the Head of Community at Catalyst responsible for leading a team supporti... read more
Niamh Griffin

Niamh Griffin

Head of Community

Niamh Griffin is the Head of Community at Catalyst responsible for leading a team supporting and enabling the Catalyst on Campus Community of entrepreneurs and innovators, from start-ups to multi-nationals making it easier for them to flourish and thrive. Whereby being a part of Catalyst actively contributes to their business success.

Before joining Catalyst in April 2022, Niamh held senior roles in financial services in UK, NI and Republic of Ireland with responsibility for strategy, growth & development, technology migration, product design and management, marketing, and the design and implementation of customer, sector and market engagement strategies for business growth.

A passionate advocate for Diversity, Equality and Inclusion she is an active founder of a LeanIn Circle, fundraiser for NIPANC, Alzheimer’s and is a Mental Health First Aider.

Niamh is a graduate of Ulster University business school from the Digital Ready Leaders Programme, Technological University Dublin in Rural Tourism, Marketing & Management and UCD with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and German.

Nicole McLaughlin

Nicole McLaughlin

Community Assistant

Nicole is the Community Assistant for Catalyst. Nicole plays a central role in our on-site... read more
Nicole McLaughlin

Nicole McLaughlin

Community Assistant

Nicole is the Community Assistant for Catalyst. Nicole plays a central role in our on-site Community team to help create a collaborative community environment at Catalyst’s Derry-Londonderry campus amongst our members and the wider stakeholders.

Before joining the Catalyst team, Nicole previously worked in retail and the hospitality sector as well as running her own fashion & textile design business. Based in The Fashion & Textile Design Centre Derry, a ‘not for profit’ social initiative, which supports newly graduated designers and start up brands, providing mentoring and facilities.

Nicole had the opportunity to receive mentoring from the likes of Eddie Shanahan; Irish based consultant who developed the CREATE Project with Brown Thomas, to identify Irish design talent with the potential to sell in Ireland’s premier store.

Her business was nominated for ‘Northwest Craft Industry of the Year’ at the NW Business Awards and won ‘Best Newcomer’ Award at the DCSDC Craft Awards and has taken part in several of Derry’s successful Fashion Fest’s.

Roberta Osborne

Roberta Osborne

Community Assistant

Roberta is the Community Assistant for Catalyst. She plays a central role in our on-site C... read more
Roberta Osborne

Roberta Osborne

Community Assistant

Roberta is the Community Assistant for Catalyst. She plays a central role in our on-site Community team to help create a collaborative community environment at Catalyst’s Titanic Quarter.

Roberta has been part of the Catalyst team for over 16 years supporting with the changing community environment.

Roberta has a passion for helping others and is a welcome smile in the morning for all our community members.

Hannah Rooney

Hannah Rooney

Community Coordinator

Hannah is the community coordinator at Catalyst, she works with the wider community team t... read more
Hannah Rooney

Hannah Rooney

Community Coordinator

Hannah is the community coordinator at Catalyst, she works with the wider community team to support them with their goal of nurturing the power of community to create spaces for start-ups to grow together.

Before catalyst, Hannah worked in the early careers and student space at Ulster University and law firm Allen and Overy where she supported on the growth of solicitor apprenticeships. Hannah is also an alum of Ulster University recently completing her master’s in international Event Management.

Hannah spent some time working in Washington DC working for labour union Liuna in their strategic comms department, as part of the Washington Ireland class of 2018 which is a programme that focuses on leadership development of young people on the island of Ireland.

She has also just recently completed her CIPD Level 5 Diploma in People Management.

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