‘Ireland: Innovation at the Edge’ campaign

Enterprise Ireland is to mark St. Patrick’s Day with global series of over 60 trade events across the world.

The events will celebrate the positive impact that Irish businesses are making internationally, delivering solutions for global challenges and employing close to 1.2m people outside of Ireland.

The State agency has also launched a new international campaign entitled ‘Ireland: Innovation at the Edge’, which highlights the unique conditions at play in Ireland which have led Irish companies to be among the most innovative in the world and for the Irish exporting economy to perform strongly throughout the pandemic.

“Irish companies scaling internationally, employ almost 1.2 million people around the world”

The campaign features Enterprise Ireland client companies, ‘innovators at the edge’ including Tines, Flipdish, Manna Drones, Nova Leah, Nuritas, Kitman Labs, Let’sGetChecked, Volograms and Inclusio.

“I’m honoured to launch Enterprise Ireland’s international campaign ‘Ireland: Innovation at the Edge’,” said Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar, TD.

“This campaign is also about what Ireland offers as a country to our entrepreneurs. We are a small, open economy, a country on the edge of the Atlantic and at the heart of the European Union, a bridge between Europe and the US, where the giants of tech meet the world’s most creative minds, where cutting edge research and industry work hand in hand.”

Scaling internationally

Enterprise Ireland recently revealed an ambitious target of creating 45,000 jobs over the next three years, increasing exports by Enterprise Ireland client companies to €30bn. The three-year strategy is entitled ‘Leading in a Changing World.’

“This year’s international programme of events for St. Patrick’s Day will emphasise partnership and collaboration with the international business community,” said Enterprise Ireland CEO Leo Clancy.

“These values are especially important in the very difficult times many people are living though at present. 

“Enterprise Ireland invests in and supports the most cutting-edge companies, enabling Irish companies to invest in R&D and deliver innovative solutions to meet global challenges. International partnership and collaboration are vital to this and, through our 40 offices globally, we connect Irish innovation to global leading businesses seeking creative solutions. As a result, Irish companies scaling internationally, employ almost 1.2 million people around the world.

“This year we will be talking about “Innovation at the Edge”, highlighting the innovators from the edge of Europe who are pushing boundaries and exploring the edges of their industries. The new campaign we are launching will bring to life the unique conditions at play in Ireland which have led Irish companies to be among the most innovative in the world.”

Irish businesses at the edge

The companies featured in the ’Ireland: Innovation at the Edge’ campaign are:

  • Tines – at the forefront of cybersecurity, Tines is solving some of the biggest cyber challenges facing global businesses today.
  • Nova Leah – a world leader in the provision of cybersecurity solutions for medical device manufacturers and healthcare providers, Nova Leah’s software helps connected medical device manufacturers meet cybersecurity compliance requirements throughout the entire product lifecycle.
  • LetsGetChecked – has revolutionised home health-testing, delivering more than 2 million tests to consumers and are working with over 300 companies including American Airlines, which used the Covid-19 kits for pre-flight tests.
  • Flipdish – working with thousands of restaurants and chains across the globe, including French retail giant Galeries Lafayette.  Flipdish’s digital food ordering platform delivers an ecommerce solution for hospitality businesses to sell directly to their customers, both off and on-premise.
  • Manna Drone Delivery – an innovative drone delivery company working to increase access to the speedy delivery of goods and medical supplies by the sky.
  • Kitman Labs – the intelligence platform provider for elite sports organisations, including over 700 elite teams across the NFL, NHL, MLB, NCAA, English Premier League, La Liga, Serie A Bundesliga, Pro14, Premiership Rugby, and Japan’s Top League.
  • Nuritas – unlocking the data of food, Nuritas is working with major customers in the food and health industries include Nestlé, Mars, Sumitomo and Pharmavite. Nuritas’s AI platform helps clients discover peptides, the molecules in plants and natural food sources that can be used as ingredients to improve health. 
  • Vologramsmaking the creation of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) content accessible for anyone with a smartphone.
  • Inclusioinnovative science-based, data-led Diversity and Inclusion Platform that combines technology, psychology and AI to measure, track and action D&I across the organisation. 

Global events over St Patrick’s Day period

Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar, Minister for Trade Promotion Robert Troy, along with other government ministers will participate in business events with Enterprise Ireland clients and international partners in North America, South America, Europe, UK, IMEA and Asia Pacific regions over the St Patrick’s Day period, including the following highlights: 

  • Washington – Taoiseach to attend round table Women in Business event in Washington recognising Irish female leaders scaling Irish companies in North America, and attend a meeting with senior Execs of leading Irish MNC’s such as Icon PLC, Glanbia, Kerry Group and Ornua, to recognise the enormous contribution of Irish origin FDI in the US.
  • North America – a series of Enterprise Ireland client and partner events across San Francisco, New York, Boston, Austin, Chicago, Seattle, Toronto and Montreal. 
  • UK – Taoiseach Micheál Martin to attend round table event in London with consumer-focused Irish companies scaling in the UK. Client and partner business events will also take place in London and Manchester.
  • Europe – in Frankfurt, a construction networking reception will be hosted to drive growth opportunities for Irish construction companies in the German market. Portugal will focus on a sustainability event, while Paris will have focus on autonomous vehicles. In Brussels, a roundtable event will showcase Ireland’s capabilities in digital health solutions and elderly care.
  • India – Minister Troy to participate in a series of business and education events during the trade visit 
  • South America – Tánaiste will attend a number of Enterprise Ireland client events in Chile and Colombia.
  • Nordics – Enterprise Ireland Roundtable event and trade visit programme in Stockholm attended by Minister English.
  • AsiaPac – Australia will host a number of advisory panel events for the energy, construction and healthcare sectors. Virtual events will also take place in China and Singapore, while a series of Enterprise Ireland client and partner events will take place in Tokyo and Seoul. 

Main image at top: Enterprise Ireland CEO Leo Clancy

John Kennedy
Award-winning ThinkBusiness.ie editor John Kennedy is one of Ireland's most experienced business and technology journalists.