Scale Ireland and Microsoft are holding their first Regional Start-up Summit in Cork in January.
Ireland’s regional prowess in digital and technology will be given a welcome boost on 28 January next with the first Regional Start-up Summit being held in the city.
The Summit will focus on the best policy conditions to foster and promote the growth of start-ups around the country. There are currently more than 2,000 indigenous tech start-up and scale-up companies, employing more t han 47,000 people in Ireland.
“A clear understanding of the challenges new businesses are facing is crucial at this juncture, to ensure that we can build the resilience and technology to support the success of ambitious and innovative start-ups and entrepreneurs”
For each additional job created by a start-up, five additional jobs are created in the wider economy.
State of Ireland’s start-ups survey
Ahead of the Summit, Scale Ireland and Microsoft have launched a State of Start-ups Survey, which will gauge the views of founders on the key issues which contribute to regional enterprise. These include the availability of capital, the retention and recruitment of staff, as well as key tax incentives and regulations.
To contribute to the survey, you can do so here.
“To ensure Ireland’s tech start-ups play a significant role in our economic future, we are bringing together leading founders, investors and academics who will look at the best possible conditions for start-ups to succeed nationwide and to address any challenges that exist,” said Scale Ireland CEO Martina Fitzgerald.
“Our State of Start-ups survey will provide us with vital information to address these issues.”
Her colleague, Scale Ireland chair Brian Caulfield added: “We are at an important juncture in terms of Ireland’s economic future, and it is critical that we get the feedback of founders across the country and learn about the issues and the opportunities they are facing. Our Regional Start-up Summit and Survey will ensure their voices are heard in key policy areas.”
Across Ireland there are 2,000 indigenous tech start-up and scale-up companies that between them employ 47,000 people.
“As a cornerstone of Ireland’s economy and a core driver of post-pandemic inclusive recovery, start-ups are vital to our economic and social future,” said Anne Sheehan, general manager of Microsoft Ireland.
“A clear understanding of the challenges new businesses are facing is crucial at this juncture, to ensure that we can build the resilience and technology to support the success of ambitious and innovative start-ups and entrepreneurs.
“Microsoft is delighted to work with Scale Ireland on the first Regional Start-up Summit and we look forward to studying the insights from the survey to investigate the right ecosystem and opportunities for start-ups to expand both in the domestic market and beyond Irish shores.”
Pictured at top: Scale Ireland CEO with Microsoft Ireland general manager Anne Sheehan and Scale Ireland chair Brian Caulfield