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Start in Ireland and Take On The World,a hotbed of entrepreneurship, Ireland is a great place to both live and work. A young, vibrant, well educated workforce, many sources of investment including the recently launched International Start-up Fund and a low corporation tax rate of 12.5%, are some of the many benefits to starting a company in Ireland. As a world leader in key innovative sectors (including technology and internet, life sciences, gaming and financial services) and home to world-leading companies including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Zynga, Havok, Big Fish Games, Citibank, Google, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck and Pfizer; to name a few, Ireland is a great place to locate a start-up. There are 6 good reasons to locate a start-up in Ireland, they are:
- A vibrant venture capital community
- Some of the best people in the world
- The best country in Europe for doing business
- Location, location, location
- An extremely attractive cost base
- A great quality of life
Enterprise Ireland is the Irish government organization responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets with a dedicated startup support team. Every year they assist hundreds of companies across technology, medical, biotech, games and other sectors as they take on the world from Ireland. They provide investment, expert mentors, incubation programs and a unique global network of offices to accelerate a company’s growth.
The Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) founded by John Hartnett (ex CEO at G24 Innovations, and previously Senior VP of Global Markets at Palm, Inc.) was set up in 2007 as a non-profit group of senior executives who wanted to promote the technology connection between the technology markets in Ireland, Europe and the US. The ITLG now has a presence in Silicon Valley, New York, Boston, Washington, and Los Angeles.