Over 1,500 jobs will be created over the next three years by 105 High Potential Start-Up (HPSUs) companies supported by Enterprise Ireland in 2015. HPSUs are start-up businesses with the potential to develop an innovative product or service for sale on international markets and the potential to create 10 jobs and €1m in sales within 3 to 4 years of starting up.
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.
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 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.
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.