Glantus, the Dublin-based specialist provider of world-class software solutions, has formed an alliance with Movius, a cloud-based mobility solutions company based in Georgia, United States. The partnership was announced at the Enterprise Ireland St. Patrick’s Day Global Ireland Lunch, held in Washington DC, March 14 2018.

EPIC, the Irish Emigration Museum — the first major emigration museum in the world — announced a new digital experience at SXSW as part of Enterprise Ireland’s pavilion at the global tech conference. The museum partnered with to build a smartphone app for the provision of multi-language audio guides.

On St. Patrick’s Day, Ireland’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar, hosted a discussion that brought together top executives from Irish firms responsible for the creation of a combined 50,000 jobs in the United States. The roundtable explored business opportunities facing Irish businesses operating in the United States, how the Irish government can support investment and growth in the United States and ideas for advancing partnerships with United States business. 

FINEOS Corporation, a leading provider of software for the life, accident, and health insurance markets, recently welcomed Minister Michael D’Arcy TD, Ireland’s Minister of State for the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, to their new office in Atlanta, Georgia. Minister D’Arcy’s visit during the week of St. Patrick’s Day is part of a broader mission to raise the profile of Ireland’s financial services and financial technology capabilities among U.S. based companies.

As of January 2018, almost 800 Irish-owned companies operate across all 50 states employing over 100,000 people. The companies cross a broad range of industries including construction, education, energy, environmental, medical devices and software. According to the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis, in 2017 the value of Ireland’s foreign direct investment (FDI) was calculated at over 85 billion USD, ranking Ireland the 9th largest source of FDI.

Ireland’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar, visited SXSW this year with the message that Irish innovation and entrepreneurship are in the ascendancy and that Irish firms have tremendous partnership potential for United States businesses. Supporting this message was a diverse array of 10 Irish start-ups in the Enterprise Ireland booth, including AR/VR pioneer, WarDucks; vulnerability management firm Edgescan; female social network, GirlCrew and content marketplace, VideoElephant.

Wisetek, a global leader in advanced IT asset disposal, data destruction, technology reuse and manufacturing services, recently announced the opening of their new operations center in Austin, Texas. Joining Wisetek in making this announcement was Ireland’s Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys, TD. and Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland.

There are countless apps available to find a date, but what about new friends? GirlCrew, a social network where women make female friends, recently launched in the US, marking International Women’s Day by providing women the opportunity to connect with like-minded women and expand their community. GirlCrew has created a unique platform focused on connecting women for friendship and chats.

Chronic delays and cancellations coupled with long lines and crowded airports make airline travel more challenging than ever before. However, the Irish company Sanctifly is looking to change all this with an app designed to provide travelers access to the nearest airport hotel gyms, pools and spas — all without booking a room.

Enterprise Ireland portfolio firm Ocean Energy has announced that its pioneering wave energy converter “OE Buoy” will be built by Oregon-based Vigor and deployed at the US Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site on the windward coast of the Hawaiian Island of Oahu later this year.