About Us

A first-of-a-kind regional bioeconomy cluster in Ireland

With a focus on marine and waste-to-value thematic areas, our goal is to develop and promote the circular bioeconomy in the South-West region.  It is envisaged, the cluster programs will support businesses with applied innovation, talent and skills development, market research and connections, funding and be part of a thriving network in the South-West.

As of early 2021, we are developing our strategy and programs until 2024. Get in touch to be involved, e-mail: info (at) cbcsw.ie

What is the Circular Bioeconomy?

Circular Bioeconomy is the production of renewable biological resources – such as crops, forests, fish, animals, and micro-organisms and the conversion of these resources and waste stream residues, by-products or municipal solid waste into value added products, such as food, feed, bio-based products and bioenergy.

Why do we need a Cluster?

Creating a cluster will unlock business opportunities and new value chains across sectors. An active cluster with industry, SMEs, educational institutes, government and finance stakeholders working together towards similar goals through targeted programs will speed up the innovation cycle, foster talent and support enterprise growth.

Cluster Team

Catriona Power

Catriona Power

Education & Outreach Manager Circular Bioeconomy 

Catriona is the project lead and contact point for the Circular Bioeconomy Cluster based at Munster Technological University. Over the last nine years, she has worked at the intersection of innovation, sustainable technology and business for organisations in Canada, UK and Europe. She is a strategist, communicator and programme manager and has initiated and executed multi-stakeholder projects to achieve a low carbon economy. 

Most recently, Catriona was VP Partnerships and Strategy for Foresight Cleantech Accelerator in Canada, leading on the development of CORE Cleantech Cluster for the Province of British Columbia as well as delivering high level initiatives.

She has an MA Environment, Development and Policy from the University of Sussex, UK and a BSc International Development and Food Policy from University College Cork, Ireland. Contact Catriona: info (at) cbcsw.ie 

Advisory Group 

Dr. Helena McMahon, Head of Department STEM & Co-Founder of CircBio Research Group, Munster Technological University

Cal Flynn, Research and Development, Kerry Group

Michael O’Neill, CEO, Pure Ocean Algae

Brid McElligott, Vice President, Research, Development and External Engagement, Munster Technological University 

Enda Buckley, Director of Sustainability, Carbery Group

Stephen Fitzpatrick, Technical Director, Nutramara

Garrett Dillon, General Manager, Dillon Waste

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