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17.07.14 9% increase in investment in Irish companies under Enterprise Ireland Seed and Venture Capital Scheme in 2013 - Minister Bruton

Action Plan for Jobs 2014The Enterprise Ireland Seed & Venture Capital Programme 2013 Report published today [Thursday] by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, shows a continued upward trend in the level and value of activity in venture capital funds supported under Enterprise Ireland Seed and Venture Capital Programmes. Read the Press Release.

10.07.14 Enterprise Ireland publishes Annual Report and Accounts 2013

Enterprise Ireland publishes Annual Report and Accounts 20132013 saw the best performance in over a decade in export growth and net job creation by Enterprise Ireland client companies, as detailed in Enterprise Ireland’s Annual Report and Accounts for 2013, published today. Read the Press Release.

30.06.14 Call for innovative communal electric vehicle charging solutions

Call for innovative communal electric vehicle charging solutionsThe Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) in co-operation with Enterprise Ireland and ESB have launched Ireland’s first Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) competition.  The competition’s first target is smart solutions for charging Electric Vehicles (EVs) in communal parking areas such as apartment blocks for which up to €200,000 will be made available to develop the prototype. Read the Press Release.

28.06.14 Over €40m in trade and investment announcements by Irish companies as part of Enterprise Ireland trade mission to China - Minister Bruton

Over €40m in trade and investment announcements by Irish companies as part of Enterprise Ireland trade mission to China - Minister BrutonContracts between Irish and Asian companies worth just under €5million and the creation of 20 jobs were among the initial, immediate results of the 5-day Enterprise Ireland trade mission to China and Korea, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD announced today (Saturday 28 June, 2014) as the mission finished. Read the Press Release.

25.06.14 Galway med tech firm ArraVasc wins multi-million euro contract in China

Galway med tech firm ArraVasc wins multi-million euro contract in ChinaMed tech firm ArraVasc Ltd., based in Galway, has signed a new contract with a leading medical device distributor Shanghai Micro Medical, based in Shanghai, China. Read the Press Release.

21.06.14 Minister Bruton departs on 5-day 3-city trade and investment mission to China and Korea

Enterprise IrelandThe Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, today (Saturday 21st June, 2014) departs on a 5-day, 3-city trade and investment mission to China and Korea, jointly organised by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland. Read the Press Release.

17.06.14 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Report 2013

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Report 2013The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD welcomes the publication of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Report for Ireland for 2013. The report shows that 32,000 people started new businesses in Ireland in 2013, and that one in eleven of the adult population are engaged in some form of early stage entrepreneurial activity. Read the Press Release.

13.06.14 Enterprise Ireland CEO welcomes launch of 'InnovFin - EU Finance for Innovators'

Enterprise Ireland CEO welcomes launch of 'InnovFin - EU Finance for Innovators'Enterprise Ireland CEO Julie Sinnamon has welcomed the launch of a new generation of EU financial instruments and advisory services to help innovative firms access finance more easily. The agreement with the European Investment Bank Group was signed by European Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, on behalf of the EU in Greece yesterday (12th June 2014). Read the Press Release.

12.06.14 Students from University of Ulster scoop top prize at Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards 2014

Students from University of Ulster scoop top prize at Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards 2014Alexandra Milne a students from University of Ulster has today (12 June 2014) won the Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award and been named ‘College Entrepreneur of the Year 2014’. Read the Press Release.

11.06.14 Minister Sherlock leads Enterprise Ireland Trade Mission to Switzerland

Enterprise IrelandMinister for Research and Innovation, Séan Sherlock TD, is today (Wednesday) departing for Switzerland to lead a three-day Enterprise Ireland trade mission to develop business links and increase Irish exports. Read the Press Release.

30.05.14 Minister Costello leads Enterprise Ireland Trade Mission to Qatar and Oman

Enterprise IrelandMinister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello, TD, is tomorrow (Saturday 31 May 2014) leading 22 Irish companies in a major drive to boost international linkages and increase Irish exports to Qatar and Oman. Read the Press Release.

30.05.14 Irish company VistaMed announces €7m investment and 125 new jobs in Carrick-on-Shannon and Roosky

Enterprise IrelandThe Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD today (Friday 30 May, 2014) announced the creation of 125 new jobs at VistaMed in Carrick-on-Shannon and Roosky, Co. Leitrim. Read the Press Release.

29.05.14 New €500,000 Competitive Start Fund for Graduates from Enterprise Ireland to support start up businesses - Minister Bruton

 New €500,000 Competitive Start Fund for Graduates from Enterprise Ireland to support start up businesses - Minister BrutonThe Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, (today Thursday 29 May 2014) launched a new €500,000 Enterprise Ireland Competitive Start Fund targeted at stimulating new start-up business activity for graduates. Read the Press Release.

28.05.14 Minister for Jobs launches Knowledge Transfer Ireland

Minister for Jobs launches Knowledge Transfer IrelandRichard Bruton T.D., Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation today (Wednesday 28 May, 2014) launched Knowledge Transfer Ireland. The purpose of the resource is to make it easier to commercialise – and ultimately create viable businesses and jobs from – State-funded research from all third-level institutes across the country. Read the Press Release.

28.05.14 Enterprise Ireland drive to win new UK investment in Irish food industry

Enterprise IrelandEnterprise Ireland is today (Wednesday 28 May 2014) holding an event in London reaching out to leading international food companies and highlighting the opportunities for investment in Ireland in the food industry. Read the Press Release.

20.05.14 Green Isle Foods announces 115 new jobs with €30m investment in its operations in Ireland

Enterprise IrelandLongford Green Isle Foods, a leading Consumer Foods company has today [Tuesday 20 May 2014] announced that the company will make a significant investment of €30m across its operations in Ireland which will result in an additional 115 jobs over the next 5 years. Read the Press Release.

20.05.14 New $172million venture capital fund to set up in Ireland with support from Enterprise Ireland and NPRF - Minister Bruton

New $172million venture capital fund to set up in Ireland with support from Enterprise Ireland and NPRF - Minister BrutonThe Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton T.D. today (20th May, 2014) announced that Lightstone Ventures is partnering with Enterprise Ireland and the NPRF to establish a $172million venture capital fund with offices in Ireland that will invest in innovative Irish companies. Read the Press Release.

15.05.14 Are you Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur?

Enterprise IrelandThe Taoiseach and the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation today (Thursday 15 May 2014) launched a new competition to find Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur, with a total fund of €2million available to invest in winning businesses and entrepreneurs in every county in the country. Read the Press Release.

07.05.13 Deals worth $14million and 50 jobs among initial results of Enterprise Ireland programme in Texas - Minister Bruton

Deals worth $14million and 50 jobs among initial results of Enterprise Ireland programme in Texas - Minister BrutonContracts worth a total of $14million and leading to the creation of 50 jobs in Ireland were among the initial, immediate results of the 2-day Enterprise Ireland trade mission to Texas, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD announced today 7 May 2014. Read the Press Release.

07.05.2014 50 jobs to be created in Kildare by Cathx Ocean after Texas deals agreed as part of trade mission - Minister Bruton

50 jobs to be created in Kildare by Cathx Ocean after Texas deals agreed as part of trade mission - Minister BrutonKildare-based underwater technology company Cathx Ocean expects to more than double its workforce over the next 24 months with the creation of 50 additional jobs, Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton announced during the Enterprise Ireland trade mission to Texas. Read the Press Release.

04.05.2014 Minister Bruton departs on 5-day 6-city trade and investment mission to USA

Enterprise IrelandThe Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, today (Sunday) departs on a 5-day, 6-city trade and investment mission to Texas and the Mid-Western USA, organised by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland. Read the Press Release.

02.05.2014 Taoiseach and Minister Bruton Announce 350 New Jobs at Voxpro

Taoiseach and Minister Bruton Announce 350 New Jobs at VoxproAn Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton were in Cork today (Friday 2nd May, 2014) to announce the creation of 350 new jobs at Voxpro, Ireland’s largest exporter of multilingual business process outsourcing. Read the Press Release.

29.04.14 Local Enterprise Offices are open for business

Enterprise IrelandThe Taoiseach, Tánaiste, Minister for Jobs and Minister for the Environment today [Tuesday 29 April, 2014] officially launched the nationwide system of Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs). The network of 31 LEOs will deliver an improved system of local enterprise supports to start-ups and small businesses across the country – with more staff, more funding, and more services being provided. Read the Press Release.

28.04.14 Minister Bruton announces 40 new jobs as Ireland's Diona opens Global HQ in Dublin

Enterprise IrelandMinister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD today announced 40 new jobs at Diona, the international Irish technology company. He made the announcement at the official opening of Diona’s new global headquarters in Dublin. Read the Press Release.

11.04.14 Taoiseach and Minister Quinn honour the contribution of the Student Ambassadors to Education in Ireland

Taoiseach and Minister Quinn honour the contribution of the Student Ambassadors to Education in IrelandTaoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. today (Friday 11 April 2014) is attending the Education in Ireland International Student Ambassador Awards Ceremony taking place at Farmleigh. This event honours the Student Ambassadors for their contribution in supporting the work of Enterprise Ireland in attracting international students to study in this country. Read the Press Release.

10.04.14 €500,000 in new funding to support start up businesses in aviation and manufacturing sectors

Enterprise IrelandThe Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, today (Thursday) launched a special €500,000 Enterprise Ireland Competitive Start Fund targeted at stimulating new start-up business activity in both the Aviation and Manufacturing sectors. This fund, which provides for up to €50,000 in equity support for each successful applicant, is now open for applications. The call closes on Wednesday 30 April 2014. Read the Press Release.

10.04.13 Taoiseach welcomes US$16M collaboration between Mayo Clinic and Enterprise Ireland

Mayo Clinic Small PhotoA collaboration between Enterprise Ireland and Mayo Clinic, USA will see the commercialisation of up to 20 novel medical technologies in Ireland over the next 5 years with the aim of creating several high value medical technology spin-out companies. Read the Press Release.

09.04.14 Ones to Watch: Connecting Irish Innovation to UK Industry

Enterprise IrelandEnterprise Ireland is today (Wednesday 9 April 2014) holding its inaugural Ones to Watch workshop and networking event in London for owners of innovative Irish companies doing business in the UK. Read the Press Release.

03.04.14 Launch of i-Cham Central Europe

Enterprise IrelandThe Minister for Small Business, John Perry TD, will today (Thursday 3rd April, 2014) launch the new Irish Chamber of Commerce in Central Europe, i-Cham CE, at an event at Enterprise Ireland’s offices in East Point Business Park, Dublin 3. Read the Press Release.

28.03.14 Taoiseach announces 19 high tech jobs in Mayo company CloudStrong

Enterprise IrelandTaoiseach Enda Kenny announced today (Friday 28 March 2014) that Mayo based cloud service provider, CloudStrong, will be tripling its workforce with the creation of 19 new jobs. Read the Press Release.

26.03.14 Minister Sherlock and Enterprise Ireland Announce New €200k Fund for Cork Entrepreneurs

Minister Sherlock and Enterprise Ireland Announce New €200k Fund for Cork EntrepreneursThe Minister for Research and Innovation Mr Seán Sherlock TD, today (Wednesday) announced a new €200,000 Enterprise Ireland fund to help entrepreneurs in Cork explore the feasibility of their start-up ideas. Read the Press Release.

03.03.2014 Minister Bruton announces €75million second Development Capital Fund

Minister Bruton announces €75million second Development Capital FundThe Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, today (Monday)  launched a €75 million fund under the Development Capital Scheme, to support established Irish companies targeting significant revenue and jobs growth  through export markets.  Read the Press Release.

27.02.14 Government publishes third annual Action Plan for Jobs

Action Plan for Jobs 2014The Taoiseach, the Tánaiste and the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and
Innovation today (Thursday) published the Action Plan for Jobs 2014, the
third annual instalment in the Government plan aimed at building a
sustainable growing economy and creating jobs. Read the Press Release.

19.02.14 1850 new jobs to be created over next three years by 122 High Potential Start Up companies

1850 new jobs to be created over next three years by 122 High Potential Start Up companies1850 jobs will be created over the next three years by 122 High Potential Start-Up companies supported by the Department of Jobs through Enterprise Ireland, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation announced today. Read the Press Release.

17.02.14 Launch of Enterprise Ireland Trade Missions Programme 2014, International Trade Events Programme 2014 and new International Market Access Grant Scheme

Launch of Enterprise Ireland Trade Missions Programme 2014, International Trade Events Programme 2014 and new International Market Access Grant SchemeIntensive programme of Ministerial trade missions and international trade events for 2014 announced by Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs. Read the Press Release.

17.02.14 Minister Perry launches Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards

Enterprise IrelandMinister for Small Business, John Perry T.D, today (Monday) announced that Enterprise Ireland has launched a major drive to spur entrepreneurial third level students to develop innovative business proposals as part of the Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards competition. Read the Press Release.

14.02.2014 Peter Cowap appointed Director of the Technology Centre for Financial Services - Governance, Risk and Compliance

Enterprise IrelandMr. Peter Cowap has been appointed Director of the IrishTechnology Centre for Financial Services – Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRCTC). He took up employment at the Government-funded Technology Centre, which is hosted by University College Cork, on 6th January 2014. Read the Press Release.

13.02.14 €25m of contracts signed during Enterprise Ireland trade mission to Singapore and Malaysia led by Minister Bruton

€25m of contracts signed during Enterprise Ireland trade mission to Singapore and Malaysia led by Minister BrutonThe Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD today [Thursday] concludes a four-day trade and investment mission to Singapore and Malaysia during which contracts worth €25 million and significant new business partnerships were announced across the financial services, ICT and education sectors. Read the Press Release.

08.02.14 UK and Ireland Launch First Joint Trade Mission

UK and Ireland Launch First Joint Trade MissionIreland and the UK will undertake their first ever joint trade mission on Monday (10th February) at the Singapore Airshow, as part of a programme of cooperation to strengthen relations over the next decade led by UK Prime Minister David Cameron and  Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Read the Press Release.

04.02.14 Connecting local suppliers to opportunities in the Construction Sector

Enterprise IrelandOver 400  people today (Friday 31st January 2014 ) attended an information and networking session aimed at connecting local suppliers to opportunities in the construction sector under the Schools Public Private Partnerships ( PPP) programme. Read the Press Release.

31.01.14 Taoiseach announces 50 new jobs at Westbourne IT Global Services

Enterprise IrelandAn Taoiseach Enda Kenny today announced the creation of 50 new jobs at the multilingual, IT global services company, Westbourne IT Global Services, in Cork. Read the Press Release.

24.01.14 Enterprise Ireland launches first online networking platform for female entrepreneurs

Enterprise Ireland launches first online networking platform for female entrepreneursThe Minister of State for Small Business, Mr John Perry TD, today (Friday 24th January 2014) launched Enterprise Ireland’s first peer-to-peer online networking platform for female-led companies.  Read the Press Release.

21.01.14 Connecting local suppliers to opportunities in the Construction Sector

Enterprise IrelandThe National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) in partnership with Enterprise Ireland is running an information and networking event connecting local suppliers to opportunities in the construction sector under the Schools Public Private Partnership (PPP) programme. The event takes place on Friday 31st January 2014 in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, Co Laois, at 9.15am. Read the Press Release.

19.01.14 Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Eamon Gilmore, T.D., Opens Showcase - Ireland's International Creative Expo

Enterprise IrelandThe Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., officially opened Showcase, Ireland’s International Creative Expo today, Sunday, 19th January 2014. Showcase, which takes place at the RDS in Dublin, is the country’s largest international trade fair, attracting buyers from 26 countries around the world. Read the Press Release.

17.01.14 Community Enterprise Centres - A Powerhouse of Job Creation with 9,300 jobs created in CECs in the past decade

Community Enterprise Centres - A Powerhouse of Job Creation with 9,300 jobs created in CECs in the past decadeThe Minister for Small Business, John Perry TD, today  (Friday) launched the survey on ‘The Impacts of Community Owned Enterprise Centres in Ireland’ on behalf of the National Association of Community Enterprise Centres (NACEC) and Enterprise Ireland, during a visit to Enniscorthy Enterprise Centre. Read the Press Release.

13.01.14 Enterprise Ireland’s End of Year Statement 2013

Enterprise Ireland’s End of Year Statement 2013In its End of Year Statement published today (Monday 13th January 2014), Enterprise Ireland reported that Enterprise Ireland supported companies created 18,033 new jobs in 2013. Read the Press Release.

09.01.14 Gulf trade mission concludes with an initial 95 jobs for Ireland and 21 contracts and business deals announced worth a record €65m

Enterprise IrelandAt the end of a busy week which included hundreds of meetings, Irish companies have announced the initial outcomes including the creation of 95 new jobs in Ireland and new contracts and business developments worth more than €65million as well as further investment, trade and jobs expected. Read the Press Release.

08.01.14 More than €25m worth of contracts signed in first three days of Gulf trade mission

More than €25m worth of contracts signed in first three days of Gulf trade missionNine Irish companies have announced new contracts and business developments worth more than €25million during the first three days of this week’s trade mission to the Gulf led by Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD. Read the Press Release.

04.01.14 Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton visiting the Gulf Region on Trade Mission

Enterprise IrelandThe Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, will today (4 Jan 2014) depart for the Gulf where he will lead a large Trade Mission in the Region. He will be accompanied by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD. Read the Press Release.