Our Mission

Fostering innovation and supporting an entrepreneurial community with secure, scalable premises on flexible terms and with excellent communications.

A place with its own innate dynamism and energy, where you have space to grow, the flexibility to push your business forward and all the benefits of working and collaborating within a lively business community.

We manage an impressive estate at multiple locations, and every aspect of it has been designed around our desire to enhance the performance and accelerate the success of our tenants. This means our tenants enjoy much more than just premises and furniture, they have access to high-spec technical facilities, a range of tailored business support programmes, and access to a supportive community of knowledge-based businesspeople.

Catalyst Inc is designed to provide a stimulating work environment for businesses with ambition. Software, telecoms, financial engineering, digital media, gaming, clean tech, aeronautical and business services are all represented in this busy 2,500-strong commercial community of both established companies and new ventures. And with tenancy deals ranging from one person, one desk on a monthly deal; to single company/whole building on a 15-year lease, there’s a package to suit your needs.

Catalyst Inc are a member of UKSPA (UK Science Park Association), view our profile here

FLEXIBILITY

NI has one of the UK's fastest-growing knowledge economies. At Catalyst Inc, workspaces and lease agreements are designed for flexibility, scaling with you as your business grows.

CONNECTIVITY

Our tenants enjoy access to high-performance facilities, including dedicated fibre-optic broadband, in-house data centres and video conferencing tools, as well as a range of catered meeting and event spaces for hire.

LOCATION

We manage a portfolio of agile workspace across four campuses; these are our Belfast Campus, Titanic Quarter, our North-West Campus in Derry~Londonderry, our Mid-East Antrim Campus in Ballymena and in Co. Donegal at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

COMMUNITY

Tenancy at Catalyst Inc delivers more than workspace and facilities, it means being part of a peer-driven network with access to business support services, networking, skills development and investment opportunities, as well as chance collisions.

Flexibility and connectivity have been the guiding principles behind the design of Catalyst Inc, whose buildings are spread across five campuses – multiple buildings in Belfast's Titanic Quarter; Catalyst Belfast Fintech Hub in Belfast City Centre; the Innovation Centre in Derry~Londonderry; the ECOS centre in Ballymena and the CoLab facility at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology, over the border in Co. Donegal.

FLEXIBILITY

Our focus on flexibility not only includes the design of our buildings and the types of activities they can accommodate but also the duration of lease terms. At present we provide lease arrangements that go from one extreme – the use of a desk with one month's commitment, – through to a 15-year lease of an entire building. We also offer virtual tenancies for those not needing a permanent desk. See below for more details.

Accommodation solutions can be tailored to individual companies' needs and a range of building management support services can be provided to suit startups as well as multi-national blue chip companies.

Availability of central meeting and conference facilities, café and corporate catering services, car parking, managed reception and security services make Catalyst Inc one of the premier locations in Northern Ireland to not only locate but also to grow your business in.

CONNECTIVITY

Our serviced workspaces boast Tier One internet and telephony gateways, on a resilient, carrier-independent fibre-optic ring infrastructure. The individual buildings are provided with Category 6 cabling, mainly distributed through a raised floor installation.

Scaleable ICT packages are available if required through a Mitel-installed and -supported VoIP system, enabling companies to occupy and commence activity quickly and without capital investment in ICT switches.

Low-cost internet and telephony services are available through bulk-purchasing across the park, yielding benefits for all tenants.

The site is equipped with wireless capabilities that can be enabled with high security for individual tenants. The standard wireless is open-access and free for all tenants.

COMMUNITY

Catalyst Inc is accepted as a "third-tier" science park, acknowledged by the International Science Park Association as "one of the two most complete science parks in Europe". From the outset, Catalyst Inc, then called the Northern Ireland Science Park, was developed to provide not just physical facilities but a home to a thriving innovation ecosystem. It has become a peer-driven network that supports the growth of knowledge-based business in many ways, particularly through the provision of two major projects:

  • Connect: a suite of proven programmes that enable our most experienced to help our most promising, through mentoring, innovation competitions, networking, education and other activities.
  • Capital Match:provides intelligent and highly focused sources of fund-matching for high-growth-potential knowledge economy companies

The Team

Mervyn Watley

Mervyn Watley

Director of Corporate Real Estate & Facilities

Mervyn's role involves the management of the Catalyst Inc Real Estate’s 25-acre estate at Titanic Quarter Belfast, 3 acre site at Fort George in Londonderry and the recent Mid-East Antrim campus in Ballymena. Responsible for providing and managing the physical environment for around 150 companies including blue-chip ones like Citi,DOW, HP, IBM, Kana, Microsoft and SAP. Responsibilities also include capital development, lease management and facilities management.

Declan McCaffrey

Declan McCaffrey

Facilities Manager

Declan has been with Catalyst Inc since August 2008. Responsible for managing the facilities and operations for Catalyst Inc Real Estate while providing an efficient and cost effective service for over 150 tenant companies. Declan has a BSc Hons in Building Surveying, has obtained a Diploma in Industrial Studies, Advanced Diploma in Leadership & Management Practice. He is also is a Certified Member of the BIFM.

Andy McDonald

Andy McDonald

Business Development Manager

Andy has been with Catalyst Inc since 2010 working in general Business Development. Day to day duties include: Managing and securing tenants, marketing communications, procurement, supplier account management, process and operational management. He has a BSc in Interactive Multimedia Design and a Diploma in Project Management.