Irish government seminar urges international entrepreneurs to start up in Ireland and take on the world

~ Enterprise Ireland to hold London event featuring 10CC’s Kevin Godley and serial entrepreneur Dylan Collins for start-ups looking to relocate  ~

15 November 2012Enterprise Ireland, the Government agency in Ireland responsible for supporting Irish businesses, is hosting a ‘Start Up in Ireland’ seminar to show tech, life sciences and financial services start-ups why they should relocate to Ireland. In 2011 Forbes ranked Ireland as the best European country to do business with its direct government support, competitive salaries, low rents and taxes for internationally focused start-ups. The event will show how they can benefit from a business-friendly environment as well as from Enterprise Ireland’s direct support system, including its €10 million International Start-Up Fund. The event will take place on Thursday 22 November from 4pm at Enterprise Ireland’s offices in London.

Speakers presenting at the seminar include Dylan Collins, founder of gaming company, Jolt online, and one of the most experienced Internet entrepreneurs in Europe; Kevin Godley - of band 10CC- who’s taking his start up, WholeWorldBand, an app that allows you to create music with other musicians around the world, to Ireland; and James Lawn, co-founder of Polecat, a software and services company which transforms internet content into strategic insights.

Attendees will also hear from venture capital specialist, Nigel Grierson of Doughty Hanson & Co Technology, as well as getting the chance to have a one-to-one talk with Enterprise Ireland representatives to discuss access the €10m Start Up Fund - aimed at encouraging overseas entrepreneurs to start up their business inIreland.

‘There are so many tech entrepreneurs looking for support and investment to help them start their business, and Ireland has become a hotbed for innovative start-ups due to its pro-business ecosystem including links to some of the world’s leading universities and businesses like Google, Twitter and Facebook,’ said Naghmeh Reilly, senior marketing executive, Overseas Entrepreneurship at Enterprise Ireland.

Reilly added: ‘We not only provide direct long-term strategic support for high potential start-ups that come to Ireland such as funding, mentoring and training, but through our network of 28 global offices we give them access to potential clients and business partners to help them grow.’

The Enterprise Ireland Start Up seminar will take place on Thursday 22 November from 4pm-7.30pm at Enterprise Ireland’s offices in central London, Shaftesbury Avenue. For more information, the agenda and to register your place, please visit: www.enterprise-ireland.com/start-up-in-ireland-seminar.

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Rebecca Adewale or Sarah Kelley

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About Enterprise Ireland

Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. They work in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales on global markets. They support sustainable economic growth, regional development and secure employment. For more information on Enterprise Ireland, please visit www.enterprise-ireland.com

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