Irish tech firms win €3m worth of deals in Silicon Valley

15 Apr 2009

Irish firms’ unrelenting focus on the US tech market was rewarded yesterday with some €3m worth of new business signed with Silicon Valley firms that transcend the worlds of Mobile 2.0 communications, advanced document management and web-based online survey tools.

On the first day of her whistle-stop tour of the US, An Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Mary Coughlan TD, revealed €3m worth of business has been secured Enterprise Ireland-backed companies in the US.

As reported on yesterday, Cubic Telecom, a Cork-based global mobile communications provider, partnered with Mobile 2.0 video service provider Qik to provide it with a Qik-branded SIM that will enable mobile users to affordably stream videos from anywhere on Earth onto the internet.

Documatics, a Cork-based provider of advanced document-management software technology, sealed a deal to provide its document-management platform to GE Sensing, a major global customer with headquarters in Boston. In addition, to support its growing US presence, Documatics recently established an office in Los Angeles.

SensorPro, a Limerick-based provider of web-based online survey tools, sealed a partnership with Redwood City-based StrongMail Systems. StrongMail has launched ‘StrongSurvey’, a new online survey tool which is powered by technology from SensorPro.

“With a combined value of €3m, these deals reflect the steady growth and success of Irish companies in the US market, especially coming on the back of the recent trade mission to the east coast of the US, when the Taoiseach announced new sales for Enterprise Ireland client companies of over €100m,” Minister Coughlan said.

“The diversity of Irish companies forging deals with US partners, and being recognised for their outstanding technolog,y is highly impressive. From software services to semiconductors and alternative energy, Ireland continues to distinguish itself as a center of innovation excellence.

“They are tremendous ambassadors of Irish business and I congratulate them on striking these lucrative deals in the US market,” Minister Coughlan added.

In separate news, Enterprise Ireland also announced that seven portfolio companies have been short listed for the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) Silicon Valley Awards.

Irish companies short-listed for the ITLG Awards include: Ammado, a social network for charities; CustomerMinds, a provider of online marketing management tools; Firecomms, a provider of components for high-speed home network and in-car entertainment systems; Lincor Solutions, a provider of bedside information and entertainment systems for hospitals; Open Hydro, a provider of marine turbines to generate energy from tides; Powervation, a provider of digital power control integrated circuits; and Wavebob, a provider of technology to convert ocean energy into electricity.

By John Kennedy