Each year, the South by South West (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, brings together the best, brightest, and most innovative people and companies to celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film and music industries. The event — an essential destination for global professionals — features a wide variety of business and networking opportunities.

For the seventh consecutive year, Enterprise Ireland (EI) exhibited at this year’s SXSW, proudly showcasing 11 Irish companies: Newswhip, Sanctifly, TransferMate, Parkpnp, Intuition, digisoft.tv, Helixworks, Systemlink Technologies, Vistatec, DataKraft and Cogni, which cover a broad range of industries, including finance, biotechnology, VR, health and education.

“Being at South by Southwest, you get to meet your clients, and you get to meet new prospects. It’s a reminder to them that you’re in the space and you’re important,” said Kevin Lowe, Head of Sales, NewsWhip.

EI also hosted a business panel with Garret Flower of Parkpnp, Karl Llewellyn from Sanctifly, and Fearghal Kelly from digisoft.tv, participating in the informative discussions. The panel was moderated by Daniel Ramamoorthy of Parkpnp, and they discussed why Ireland was a great place to do business, and how Irish startups are getting noticed.

“Enterprise Ireland is a government body that helps Irish businesses grow, test their business ideas, establish some feasibility of their business ideas, and become investor-ready,” said Carol McKeon, CEO and Founder, DataKraft. “Everybody loves Ireland. There’s so many people who are a little bit Irish, and they see Ireland here, and there’s such enthusiasm and such a warm reception to us.”

With roughly 75,000 in attendance this year, and journalists representing thousands of different print, radio, TV, and digital outlets from across the US and around the world, SXSW continues to prove that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together.

EI client company, Helixworks, won the Most Innovative Company award at the SXSW incubator pitch competition — Congratulations Helixworks!

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