Call out for Poland’s entrepreneurs to look to Ireland

Thursday 14 June 2012: In a novel venture tying in with the European Championships in Poland, Enterprise Ireland is teaming up with the Guinness Enterprise Centre on Monday 18 June to host a video conference link with the 'Huge Thing' accelerator bootcamp for start-ups in Poznań, Poland. The Dublin-Poznań Startup Bridge will highlight links between the Polish and Irish start-up communities and promote Ireland and what it offers to start-ups from potential Polish entrepreneurs who relocate to Ireland.

Announcing the initiative Lorcan O’Sullivan, Enterprise Ireland Manager Overseas Entrepreneurship, said: ‘Last year, Enterprise Ireland launched a dedicated €10m International Start-Up Fund to target investor ready overseas entrepreneurs to start their business in Ireland.  The fund is open to company promoters anywhere in the world, and is also targeted at the Irish Diaspora, international expatriates, the ‘New Diaspora’ (people from overseas who have previously worked or studied in Ireland), as well as serial and mobile entrepreneurs.  In addition to the new Start-up Entrepreneur Programme visa initiative announced earlier by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter TD, this makes Ireland a highly attractive location to start and grow an international business’.

Outlining what will happen on the day, he added:  ‘This is a great opportunity to bring the message about Ireland’s strong start-up ecosystem to the entrepreneurial community in Poland.  The aim of this event is to highlight opportunities in Ireland for Polish start-ups in the technology area and to tell them about the ecosystem here and the range of support services we can offer.

‘As well as featuring a Polish entrepreneur who is based in the Guinness Enterprise Centre and will talk about his experience of re-locating to Ireland, there will be an opportunity for the Irish participants to hear about Polish start-ups and opportunities to co-operate together.  And in keeping with the competitive theme of the football championships, three start-ups will be selected from each country to take part in a pitching competition’, he said.

An increasing number of mobile international entrepreneurs are coming to Ireland as their location of choice to start a new business and from the volume of enquiries that Enterprise-Ireland has received this trend is set to continue in 2012.  

To find out more about the International Start-Up Fund and Ireland as a location for your business visit: For agenda and more information on the Dublin-Poznań Startup Bridge, please see


For further information contact:

Eileen Banks
Enterprise Ireland,
Press Officer

Eileen Banks
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