Eight technology start-up companies are starting a six-month intensive incubator programme in Galway city.

Bank of Ireland’s StartLab Galway will offer the selected firms business development, mentoring, and networking services

The initiative aims to develop entrepreneurial activity in the west of Ireland and strengthen local infrastructure and supports during the early stages of setting up a company.

The initial eight companies involved with StartLab were chosen from 60 potential candidates.

They include a company that uses email data for marketing insights, a luxury price comparison website, and the creator of a wearable activity tracker for children.

All of the start-ups will be based in a custom designed Bank of Ireland building on Eyre Square where they can avail of desk space, high speed internet, as well as advice from mentors and introductions to investors.