Entrepreneurship in Ireland

Interesting Background Material

Start in Ireland and Take On The World,a hotbed of entrepreneurship, Ireland is a great place to both live and work. A young, vibrant, well educated workforce, many sources of investment including the recently launched International Start-up Fund and a low corporation tax rate of 12.5%, are some of the many benefits to starting a company in Ireland. As a world leader in key innovative sectors (including technology and internet, life sciences, gaming and financial services) and home to world-leading companies including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Zynga, Havok, Big Fish Games, Citibank, Google, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck and Pfizer; to name a few, Ireland is a great place to locate a start-up. There are 6 good reasons to locate a start-up in Ireland, they are:

  1. A vibrant venture capital community
  2. Some of the best people in the world
  3. The best country in Europe for doing business
  4. Location, location, location
  5. An extremely attractive cost base
  6. A great quality of life

Start in Ireland and Take on the World Brochure

Enterprise Ireland is the Irish government organization responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets with a dedicated startup support team. Every year they assist hundreds of companies across technology, medical, biotech, games and other sectors as they take on the world from Ireland. They provide investment, expert mentors, incubation programs and a unique global network of offices to accelerate a company’s growth.

Press release from Minister for Enterprise, Mr Richard Bruton launching a new International Start-up Fund to draw overseas entrepreneurs into Ireland.

Blog post by Chris Horn on the Innovation Task Force Report, a committee which he chaired. It is a very good representation as to Government thinking and the current formation of policy in this area, including the development and nurturing of entrepreneurs.

The Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) founded by John Hartnett (ex CEO at G24 Innovations, and previously Senior VP of Global Markets at Palm, Inc.) was set up in 2007 as a non-profit group of senior executives who wanted to promote the technology connection between the technology markets in Ireland, Europe and the US. The ITLG now has a presence in Silicon Valley, New York, Boston, Washington, and Los Angeles.

Interesting background as to why the new scheme to attract external entrepreneurs to Ireland was formulated.

Enterprise Ireland press release to coincide with the launch of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report for 2010. It is positive on entrepreneurship in Ireland.

Dogpatch Labs, Dublin was created by Polaris Ventures to help more early stage entrepreneurs succeed.


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