1,600 New Jobs in Pipeline from High Potential Start-Ups supported by Government in 2011 - Bruton

92 High Potential Start-Ups supported by Enterprise Ireland in 2011 to generate €200m of sales within 3 years

Pictured at the Enterprise Ireland High Potential Start Up Showcase in the Mansion House, Dublin are Hugh Cooney, Chairman, Enterprise Ireland, Richard Bruton, TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Helen O'Dowd, Director, Virginia Health Foods.  Picture by Shane O'Neill / Fennells.
Pictured at the Enterprise Ireland High Potential Start Up Showcase in the Mansion House, Dublin are Hugh Cooney, Chairman, Enterprise Ireland, Richard Bruton, TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Helen O'Dowd, Director, Virginia Health Foods. Picture by Shane O'Neill / Fennells.

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton T.D. today [Wednesday 29th February, 2012] opened the Enterprise Ireland High Potential Start Ups Showcase, featuring the 92 new start-up companies supported by Enterprise Ireland in 2011, well ahead of the targeted 85. Together these companies aim to employ over 1,600 new staff by the end of 2013 and to generate over €200m in annual sales within three years. The celebration of entrepreneurship also features the 55 early stage entrepreneurs who have been supported by the Enterprise Ireland Competitive Start Fund to test the market for their products and services and progress their business plans for the international marketplace.

Today’s end of year figures come following quarterly announcements made by the Minister last year outlining the performance of the High Potential Start-Up Programme during each quarter of 2011. As part of today’s annual results, the Minister also outlined the results for Q4 2011, which saw support agreed during that period for 19 companies which have committed to creating 365 jobs by end 2013.

Today’s event gives these companies and entrepreneurs an opportunity to network and showcase their businesses to a wide cross section of the banking, venture capital, entrepreneurial and business community.

Speaking at the event, Minister Bruton said:
“If we are to rebuild our economy, and create the jobs of the future in Ireland, we must not only continue to attract more high-end multinational companies, but we must also crucially ensure that more high-growth small businesses can establish, expand and turn into the large employers of the future. The Government’s Action Plan for Jobs 2012 includes a series of new supports targeted at the crucial indigenous sector of the economy.

“Today’s news that indigenous companies supported by Government on this programme during 2011 will create over 1,600 jobs in 3 years is very welcome, as is the fact that the number of HPSUs supported has come in well over target. This programme is a crucial tool at the disposal of Government in our strategy for job-creation, and the range of dynamic businesses on show here today, most of them in key sectors that the Government is specifically targeting for jobs growth in the coming years, is highly encouraging.

“We must now look to the future, and under the Action Plan for Jobs we have committed a series of ambitious targets, including supporting 95 of these companies in 2012, an increase of 50% in the number of overseas entrepreneurs supported and an increase of 40% in the number of new HPSUs arising as spin‐outs from research. I am determined to achieve these ambitious targets so that we can create more high-growth indigenous companies and achieve the employment levels we so badly need”.

Hugh Cooney, Chairman of Enterprise Ireland, added: ‘Today’s Showcase event is highly encouraging and in Enterprise Ireland we are determined to support these entrepreneurs in every way possible to expand, create jobs and contribute to economic growth. Initiatives are in place augmenting support at critical points along the start-up development path, and the overall seed capital and VC funding environment for new business has never been stronger.

‘Initiatives such as the Competitive Start Fund providing critical early stage financing to entrepreneurs, and the €10million International Start-Up Fund for overseas entrepreneurs to locate start-up businesses in Ireland, are already paying dividends. Enterprise Ireland’s funding and development supports, along with our network of overseas offices, are all focussed on helping young start ups to scale and grow the business, and the pipeline for new start up projects for 2012 is equally promising’.

For further information, please contact:

Ciara O'Mahony
Enterprise Ireland

Ciara O'Mahony
01 7272284
087 2043435

Eileen Banks
Enterprise Ireland,
Press Officer

Eileen Banks
 01 7272805
087 2445814


A 'high potential start up' is defined as a company that is:
- Based on technological innovation
- Likely to achieve significant growth in 3 years (Sales of €1m per annum and employment of 10)
- Export oriented
- Led by an experienced team, with a mixture of technical and commercial competencies.

Since 2000 Enterprise Ireland has invested in over 850 High Potential Start Ups (HPSUs) which are responsible for employing over 30,000 people directly and indirectly in the wider economy, and have combined exports of over €1.5 billion.

Highlights from the 2011 results include the significant increase in start ups from overseas with ten companies choosing Ireland as their location in 2011.  There was also an excellent result from Enterprise Ireland supported third-level research commercialisation activity with 31 spin outs emerging from Higher Education Institutes last year.  Of these, nine have already achieved high potential start up status and are included in today’s showcase.

Sectoral breakdown of 2011 HPSUs:

Software and Services 57%
Cleantech, Electronics, Industrial,
Food and Consumer Products

Regional Distribution of HPSU Companies:

RegionNumber of Companies
Mid East3

Q4 Results
HPSU Q4 2011
Examples of some of the Q4 2011 companies

Shasta LtdInnovative, portable baby bottle & soother steriliserGranard, Co Longford7
BetapondBetapond sell bespoke Facebook apps to large brands and pr agencies which allow them roll-out promotional offers to customers through Facebook Places via smart phonesCarriganore, Co Waterford25
ManageCo2 Software LimitedDevelopment and sale of carbon accounting and greenhouse gas emissions management softwareLimerick10
Sugracoll Technologies LtdRegenerative bone and cartilage tissue technologiesCork21
LightKeeper Media LtdFantom is an online community for fans who enjoy collecting and trading digital trading cards. Collectors swap and collect online assets in Film, TV, Music, Popular Culture and lots of other fun categoriesDublin 248
EnverianSoftware solutions to the renewable energy sector.Dublin 417
You Comply LimitedDevelopment and sale of performance management software.Tralee Co. Kerry8
SOTA Orthopaedics LtdThe “X-Bolt”, a novel hip fracture fixation implant and instrumentationMalahide, Co Dublin3
Direct eBooks LtdThe company provides software and services to help traditional publishers create and manage electronic copies of their books (“eBooks”)Cork13
Deskridge LtdContinental frozen bakery productsDublin 1128
Innovapeak Ltd, t/a Safefood 360Online food safety management solutionDublin 1510
Pilot Photonics LtdPilot is developing technology to increase the capacity of existing telecom networks.Dublin 218