Boston IBM Smartcamp Finalists announced

Boston IBM Smartcamp Finalists announced

Five start-ups have been selected as finalists in the Boston IBM SmartCamp event. Each company (Sendsor, SkyMeter, Proxpro, Sproxil, and GIS Cloud) will do their final presentation on June 3rd after spending a day networking with 25 world-class entrepreneurs, investors and industry experts.

SmartCamp is a global program being held in seven cities around the world in 2010. The program culminates with one selected company from each city being invited to SmartCamp week in Dublin (Ireland) in November.  There one will be named “The World’s Smartest Start-up”.

Enterprise Ireland is keen to talk to high tech entrepreneurs who are interested in setting up part of their business in Ireland. Enterprise Ireland is working with IBM and will be delighted to welcome the winners to Dublin for finals week in November.

Final winners will be offered an Incentive Package to give them the opportunity to spend 3 months in Dublin to explore the advantages of setting up a part of their business in Ireland. The package with include financial support in the region of €20,000 and a mentor support programme provided by top class highly experienced entrepreneurs and business people and access to incubation space.

For details on each Boston IBM SmartCamp finalist click here… (more…)

Enterprise Ireland Financial Services Start-up Reception

Enterprise  Ireland has an initiative to attract entrepreneurs to start-up in Ireland, with an emphasis on financial software and/or service ventures. We are hosting receptions next month in Boston (June 2nd) and in New York (June 3rd) to provide an overview of how Enterprise Ireland can help and to bring together the Irish financial network.  If you happen to be in town, we would be delighted to have you join us.  Please know this is intended primarily for those with an interest in financial services sector.

Event details:
June 2nd
Irish Consulate
535 Boylston Street, Floor 5
Boston MA, 02116

June 3rd
Consul General’s Residence
240 East 39th Street, Apt 52c
New York, NY 10016

Please RSVP to or call +1 212 546 0485 for more details.



Publishing Ireland

New initiative will build on historical and cultural ties

Dublin, Ireland, May 18, 2010: A delegation of Irish publishers will arrive in New York City next week on a mission to captivate American readers and build trade ties with local publishers.

The delegation consisting of representatives of Ireland’s leading publishing houses, and supported by Publishing Ireland and Culture Ireland, will be promoting Irish literature and publishing at the annual BookExpo America (BEA) in New York, from 25 to 27 May. This will be is the first year that Ireland has an official presence at America’s largest book trade fair.

The delegation will also host a networking event in association with Culture Ireland and the Irish Consul, at the Consul’s private residence in New York City on Tuesday, May 25th. Eminent Irish American business people, US publishers and a number of literary figures will attend the event.

“Literature and writing are some of Ireland’s most successful exports, and we are hoping this initiative will help Irish publishers to benefit from our country’s rich cultural output,” said Jean Harrington, President of Publishing Ireland.

The island of Ireland has made a disproportionately large contribution to the world of literature, producing some of the 20th century’s greatest writers, including James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, Samuel Beckett, George Bernard Shaw and Seamus Heaney.

“Despite the fact that Ireland continues to punch well above its weight in the world of literature and writing, Irish publishers have yet to see significant sales in the US,” said Ms Harrington.

She added that even though Irish publishers nurtured the talents of, and published early works by renowned Irish authors such as Maeve Binchy, Roddy Doyle, Colum McCann, ColmTóibín, Joseph O’Connor, Eoin Colfer and Neil Jordan, British publishing houses ultimately reaped the dividends of their international success.

Ireland has strong historical and cultural ties with the US – over 36 million Americans claim Irish ancestry and St Patrick’s Day is celebrated in dozens of cities and towns across the US. Ms Harrington said these links provide an impetus for increased trade contact between Irish and American publishers.

A number of Irish publishing houses have already established successful partnerships in the US; recent successes include: Little Brown acquiring Celine Kiernan’s Moorehawke Trilogy from the O’Brien Press and St Martin’s Press purchasing rights in Ken Bruen’s break-out Jack Taylor novels from Brandon.

Jean Harrington, President of Publishing Ireland, is available for interview. Contact Gert Ackermann on +353 86 176 9287, or email

Green Building Initiative 2010

Green Building Initiative 2010

Green Building

During the past 12 years Ireland has seen the largest construction boom in its history. This has spawned a construction sector that is highly skilled with a full spectrum of capabilities in developing and designing sustainable buildings. With a cluster of Irish clients in the green building space Enterprise Ireland is leveraging that experience to promote and bring about awareness to the more sustainable green building products and design services available from Irish companies.

Some of the key objectives for the EI Green Building 2010 Initiative are to:

  • Gain an understanding of the opportunities for new green buildings and retrofits in the United States
  • Learn about the US. Green building market, have an opportunity to evaluate the U.S. competition and learn of emerging trends.
  • Raise awareness within the U.S. construction industry of the capabilities available in Ireland, and tap into the opportunities emerging in the U.S. relative to the green building movement.
  • Start a dialog with relevant organizations and seek opportunities to engage them on how Irish companies offer sustainable solutions in the construction sector.

Part 1 of the Green Building Initiative 2010 took place on March 16th and 17th in conjunction with An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen’s Trade Mission to the United States. Fourteen Enterprise Ireland clients participated at a one-day information sharing seminar and panel discussion with key opinion leaders and decision makers steering the U.S. green building movement. On March 17th, clients attended a study visit to the headquarters of the Green Building Council, a LEED Platinum certified commercial office Building and also met with RTKL Architects, a Washington D.C. based Architectural firm with offices throughout the U.S.

Workshop on Successfully Targeting the US Telecoms Market

Are you targeting the US Telco market? Could you do with step-by-step advice and pointers to the  next steps you should be taking? We’re running a workshop here at Enterprise Ireland workshop next week “Targeting Telco’s in the US – some practical advice”. This event is free but with limited places, so if you’re interested in coming along, please see the details of how to register below.

When: Monday May 10th 2010

Location: Enterprise Ireland Offices, East Point, Dublin, Ireland

Time: Registration @ 9.45am, workshop ends at 1pm (full agenda below )

Focus: 45 minute one-to-one sessions from 2-5pm

Who: Workshop will be delivered by David Dunne and his two US colleagues from the Client Success Group (Full Bio’s below)