Pivotal®, the company accelerating digital transformation for enterprises, today announced the creation of 130 new jobs and an investment of approximately €100 million in Ireland over the next five years, rapidly expanding the company's presence in the Irish market. Silicon Valley-head-quartered Pivotal is partially owned by EMC Corporation and VMware, Inc. with General Electric becoming an investor in May 2013.
Ireland's Startup Gathering programme of over 400 events gets underway in the Google Foundry on Monday 5 October with the Dublin Startup Island 2020 Forum, which will include guest speakers from Startup Commons Global, Intel's Internet of Things, Dell, and Startup Gathering sponsor Bank of Ireland. The event will be addressed by Irish Government Ministers; Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Ged Nash, Minister for Business & Employment.
The top awards at this year's Student Enterprise Awards National Finals have gone to enterprising teens from Offaly, South Dublin and North Cork. Co-ordinated by all 31 Local Enterprise Offices across Ireland, the 13th Annual Student Enterprise Awards National Final in Croke Park saw 300 student entrepreneurs showcase 74 different businesses, across Junior, Intermediate and Senior Categories. 17,000 students from 370 schools take part in the programme every year.
Formula One marketing expert Mark Gallagher, Joe.ie founder Niall McGarry and entrepreneur Brody Sweeney have been confirmed to speak at Momentum Summit, a one day business conference taking place in Aviva Stadium on Friday 15th May. Over 300 people will attend the Summit, which will provide delegates with key learnings, advice and insights from some of the sharpest minds from the worlds of business and sport. Also speaking on the day will be Google's Serena Lawless, IEDR chief executive David Curtin, and Ciaran Crean of Mick's Garage.
The Smart Business Show is sponsored by Vodafone Ireland and takes place in the RDS in Dublin on April 22nd and 23rd and is the first event of its kind in Ireland. The aim of the show is to help businesses connect, network, and create opportunities with new suppliers and thousands of potential customers as well as discover smarter ways of doing business.
Some of Ireland's brightest teenage entrepreneurs were in the capital this week, ahead of the Student Enterprise Awards National Finals on April 22nd. Their real-world businesses include the "Duffily Bag" from Desmond College in Limerick, a new type of waterproof sleeping bag for outdoor use; "Holly's Pets Patisserie" from Sutton Park School in Fingal, which are handmade nutritional treats for dogs and "GiftGro" from Newbridge College in Kildare, which are 'grow it yourself' gift kits.