NDRC’s Ben Hurley chatted with Siliconrepublic.com about a record-breaking year for the Irish accelerator.

NDRC now has a portfolio of 286 start-ups following the running of four accelerator programmes in 2018 and its companies have surpassed €250m in follow-on investment to date. 2018 alone saw more than €50m secured by start-ups both in Ireland and abroad, representing a 30pc increase on the previous year.

Speaking of the challenges going forward, NDRC’s CEO Ben Hurley said: “Now is not the time to be complacent about the future prospects of our economy.

“As a State, we need to support entrepreneurial activity and ensure our start-up environment meets the standards set by our competitors. Building high-value, globally focused, scalable companies remains as important as ever. NDRC is looking forward to that challenge.”


Words by Colm Gorey