16 Leading Irish Mobile companies will exhibit at the Ireland National Stand (Stand no. 1F17) at the 2010 Mobile World Congress, bein held 15-18 February, 2010 in Barcelona Spain.

For 4 days, this Mediterranean city will become the place for mobile leaders to gather, collaborate, conduct business and experience VISION IN ACTION.

This year’s Mobile World Congress will include:

  • A thought leadership conference featuring visionary keynotes and action-provoking panel discussions
  • An exhibition with 1,300 companies displaying the products and technology that will define the mobile future
  • An awards ceremony and industry seminars that highlight mobile solutions and initiatives
  • The planet’s best venue for mobile industry networking, finding business opportunities, and making deals

If your company wants to be a player in the mobile eco-system, you can’t afford to miss the Mobile World Congress.

Click here to see the companies exhibiting on Ireland National Stand (stand no. 1F17) at Mobile World Congress.

By Jack Kissane

On December 2nd, the legal firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati (WSGR) hosted over 20 Irish companies in their Palo Alto conference center in order to “demystify Silicon Valley for Irish entrepreneurs.”   WSGR’s Steve Bernard began the presentation, introducing his colleagues Mark Rienstra and Selwyn Goldberg and the evening’s guest panelist, Trident Capital’s, Howard Zeprun.

The Irish companies came from two groups who were visiting Silicon Valley this week. 11 companies participated in the Enterprise Ireland “Microsoft Connections” program.  The remaining companies attended the Stanford University/ Enterprise Ireland executive program “Leadership 4 Growth.” The WSGR panelists have worked with a number of Irish companies over the years and have helped to take these Irish companies through early funding rounds through  exit strategies.  Well versed in the issues that Irish companies have faced coming to the Valley, the panel spoke to the additional considerations and challenges that can affect many non-US companies. (more…)

This week the CEOs of 11 Irish software companies are converging at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus.  They’re here on an Enterprise Ireland-supported visit to learn how to broaden their business opportunities in the US by leveraging their relationship with Microsoft.

They represent the best of Irish software innovation, offering solutions for a range of applications that include telecommunications/mobile, social media/networking, e-learning/education, energy efficiency, financial services and information security.

Participant companies are already part of Microsoft’s BizSpark™ program or the Microsoft Partner Network and are interested in growing their business through export and expansion.

The pilot program is the second of its kind and an important initiative between Microsoft and Enterprise Ireland (EI) – part of EI’s overall strategy to grow the country’s software industry.  A similar program aimed at the UK market generated some valuable connections and lucrative leads for participating companies.

This targeted approach, geared to accelerate the growth of high-potential software start-ups and early stage ISVs, aims to foster connections with potential partners, customers and investors. (more…)

The Telecom Council of Silicon Valley, of whom Enterprise Ireland are a proud member, have a number of very interesting upcoming events to take note of. They are looking for companies to make a pitch at many of these events, and would love to have some Irish companies present, for more, please click on the following link, and keep an eye on our calendar http://www.telecomcouncil.com/eventlist.php .

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Who can enter?

The LinkedIn Business Awards 2010 in association with Cisco WebEx Online Collaboration are open to any member of LinkedIn residing in a European country aged eighteen (18) and over.

The Awards are to recognise exceptional business success both on a personal and company level. Companies of any size may enter.


How do I enter?

All entries must be via the online nomination form which must be completed in full and can be found here http://www.linkedinbusinessawards.com//Nomination/


The entry deadline

The entry deadline is midnight (GMT) Friday December 11th 2009.


The Categories


 Best Business Innovation of the Year

Business Leader of the Year

Rising Star of the Year

Best Business Startup of the Year


Each winner will receive a free years’ subscription to WebEx along with an hour WebEx mentor session with one of the judges to discuss their entry and business approach.

In addition, there will be one Grand Prix winner, decided by the judges who will have a face to face meeting with a judge, to include travel.

An Award will be sent out to each of the winners.

Each category winner has the option of participating in future promotion with LinkedIn and Cisco WebEx online collaboration. This is optional.

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Launch Event – SECURING THE EDGES, Information Security for the 21st Century
On November 4, 2009 ISI will host a formal launch event with keynote speaker Melissa Hathaway, Obama’s top cyber-security advisor until resigning two weeks ago. Melissa is a proponent of greater international cooperation for cybersecurity and advocates a greater need for working closely with the private sector. She is consistently praised by top government and industry professional for her work.

At The Epicenter of Information Security Innovation

InfoSecurity Ireland (ISI) is all about advancing Ireland as a center of Information Security excellence, increasing the competitiveness of Irish technology companies abroad and establishing the country as the global marketplace for breakthrough IT security products and services.

Recent high profile cyber-attacks in Ireland and the US demonstrate the vulnerability facing today’s globally connected infrastructure. President Obama claimed it is “one of the most serious economic and national security challenges” facing the United States and Minister Ryan just committed to a cyber-security strategy for Ireland. Information Security professionals, with deep intelligence on the matter, contend that an international cyber attack of high magnitude could match and even exceed the economic consequences of Global Warming. (more…)

Grand Hyatt San Francisco, 345 Stockton Street San Francisco, California, USA

Keynote Speech: “The Emerging Personal Computing Era”
Pankaj Kedia, Director, Global Ecosystem Programs, Intel

The key message of Mr.Kedia’s speech was “the move form the personal computer to personal Computing – mobility is the key”.
The speech was put in context with a variety of interesting facts:

-Skype is the number 2 “operator” in the world.
-Facebook posts 2 billion pictures a month.
-210 billion emails per day are sent worldwide.
-1 billion Google searches take place a day.

With “mobility” being highlighted as the key, the point was made that the internet is moving to more become more real-time, more social, becomes invisible (where one just assumes you have access), more contextual, more location-based, more customizable, more interactive, more semantic and overall a more mobile tool.
Every mobile device becomes a mobile computer – with same visually compelling internet experience as on a PC, the phone call side of it will be nearly incidental. (more…)

This year’s iPhone Tech Talks feature a range of sessions offering advanced coding and design techniques that will help you take your apps to the next level. You can view the list of cities and the complete agenda by clicking here on the iPhone Tech Talk World Tour 2009 website.

Register for an iPhone Tech Talk as soon as you can, space is limited and a capacity attendance at each city is expected.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17FiXitTZtM&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]On November 6th Enterprise Ireland is hosting a workshop given by Nathan Gold of The Demo Coach, a US-based coaching service that provides expert training on how to make highly effective pitches to investors and potential customers.

You are invited to attend this event, – please follow this link to register your attendance.


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Microsoft Connections

Microsoft and Enterprise Ireland are running a pilot event called “Microsoft Connections” in the USA   

The aim is to introduce our clients to Microsoft contacts and partners in the US markets as well as key Microsoft staff so as to help accelerate these companies growth.

 Our clients will pay a nominal charge and their own travel, hotel and living expenses.

 The next steps are;

  1. Any Enterprise Ireland can nominate themselves via their Development Advisor (deadline is by Wednesday 15th Oct)
  2. Microsoft, working with Enterprise Ireland, will select the most suitable candidates.
  3. A workshop to prepare participating companies will take place in Microsoft Sandyford on Friday 30th Oct.
  4. A market visit to Microsoft in Silicon Valley will take place around the 20th November (exact date to be decided).

 Support offered to participating companies

  • Help create a profile to present to potential partners (mini Partner Business Plan)
  • In country visit to Silicon Valley, facilitated meetings with key Microsoft, Enterprise Ireland and other interested parties.
  • Coaching on proposition, strategy and tactics for export through a workshop.
  • Connection to Microsoft and Microsoft Partners.
  • Promotion of the companies through PR via Microsoft and Enterprise Ireland.

 Requirement of participating companies

  • Be ready to Export
  • Have a compelling product proposition
  • Commitment to Microsoft tech roadmap
  • Have (or be willing to develop) Case Studies / Proof Points
  • Preparation and attendance on workshop, preparation and in market visit.

 If you’ve any queries, please contact your Development Advisor.

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