A new strategic operations centre has been set up in Dublin by Alien Technology Transfer, with 19 jobs being created to help SMEs secure Horizon 2020 (H2020) funding.
Over the course of three years, 19 positions will come to Alien’s Dublin hub, where it will work with companies seeking funding.
The Irish operation will be in charge of project management activities and development of business plans for clients across Europe, in sectors including ICT, energy, health, manufacturing, transport and eco-innovation.
H2020 is massive, with a budget of almost €80bn for projects running from 2014 to 2020, covering everything from renewable energies to the transport sector.
Best place in the world
Choosing Dublin for its hub because the city is “one of the best places in the world for start-ups”, Alien Ireland COO Paul Pietrangelo said the presence of both research-focused universities and big tech companies was key.
“We hope to work with many local start-ups in achieving their financial and commercial goals,” he said.
Alien works by guiding the application process, to help researchers or businesses in their proposals, feasability studies and other elements of the planning.
“Alien Technology Transfer is among a rising number of companies who have decided to set up a European base in Ireland,” said Mary Mitchell O’Connor, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.
“Once again, this is a testament to our talented Irish workforce and also to Ireland as a great place to do business. I wish Paul and his team all the best for the future.”