Google today welcomed 20 of Ireland's leading Startups to its EMEA HQ to participate in a 90 day programme of mentoring sessions with Google Ireland's Startup Support Teams. "This is the second year of our Adopt a Startup Programme where we work with young, entrepreneurial Irish companies to help them hone their digital skills so they are strongly positioned to succeed in the digital economy. The companies which participated last year have all taken the skills developed during the mentoring programme back into their companies and are executing digital strategies to develop their businesses," said Paddy Flynn, Head of Google Ireland's Startup programme.
The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, has announced details of the new start-up businesses to which Enterprise Ireland directly committed investment and supported in 2014. The impact of these new start-ups is felt right across all regions in Ireland and across a wide range of business sectors including software and services, medical devices and pharmaceuticals, cleantech, engineering, food and consumer products.
The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD has launched the Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards 2015. This is part of a major drive aimed at tapping into the potential for students and young people to turn their entrepreneurial ideas into commercial businesses. This is a great opportunity for ambitious and enterprising third level students to build a real-world business venture and at the same time be in with a chance to win a prize from the overall €35,000 cash prize fund, which includes a €10,000 first prize, as well as a €30,000 consultancy fund.
The Government today published the Action Plan for Jobs 2015, the next step in the multi-annual process aimed at delivering full employment by 2018. The Plan is the fourth annual plan in a multi-year process which started in early 2012, and sets out in detail the 382 actions to be taken by 16 Government Departments and over 60 State Agencies during 2015 to support job-creation, with deadlines and lead responsibility assigned.
A new plan aimed at creating an extra 93,000 jobs from start-up companies in the next five years was today launched by Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton TD together with Minister of State for Business and Employment Ged Nash TD and Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English TD. Today's launch took place in Liffey Trust, a vibrant community-based enterprise centre in Dublin's inner city, where the Ministers met a range of dynamic start-ups in the food and tech sectors to discuss what Government can do to support more entrepreneurs.