Start-ups: we want you!

23 Sep 2011

Start-ups everywhere, your time has come. is stepping up its support of start-ups with new resources to help entrepreneurs. Check out some new microsites we’ve launched in partnership with Enterprise Ireland and the NDRC, and some of the useful tools we have created to help you on your journey.

At, we believe Ireland has every reason to believe it can one day be as vibrant a hub for start-ups as Silicon Valley. The country’s rich history of strong multinational investment, its position as the Internet Capital of Europe and the innovative nature of its people suggest anything is possible – the only thing we need to do is decide to compete.

The start-up revolution is happening and last year some US$400m was invested in Irish technology companies. More firms are networking than ever before and the various supports available in terms of mentoring, technology support, infrastructure and experienced investors are emerging.

Ireland’s growing reputation as the gateway to both Europe and Silicon Valley puts the country in an enviable position.

This week, we’ve launched new microsites with key partners we believe are doing great work in shaping the start-up landscape in Ireland:

·        Enterprise Ireland Start-up Zone – news, views and interviews with Enterprise Ireland executives and start-up companies

·        National Digital Research Centre Start-up Zone – news, interviews and insights into the ongoing work of one of Europe’s top accelerator programmes

As well as the new microsites, look forward to a new start-ups supplement that will be coming soon and check out these existing resources that will help you get your start-up noticed:

·        Life’s a Pitch – submit your one-minute pitch by video and get noticed by the audience, which includes investors, CEOs, potential customers, potential employees and many other useful connections

·        Start-up Directory – register your company on the Start-up Directory so these potential connections can find you!

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years