Enterprise Ireland is the Irish State agency that works with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales in global markets. Enterprise Ireland partners with entrepreneurs, Irish businesses, and the research and investment communities to develop Ireland’s international trade, innovation, leadership and competitiveness. We are also responsible for attracting inward investment in the food and beverage sector and for promoting Ireland as a study-abroad destination for international students under the Education in Ireland brand. In this way, we support sustainable economic growth and regional development, and help create and sustain employment in Ireland.
Enterprise Ireland Galway Office
Main strengths: We support over 5,000 client companies, have a network of over 30 overseas offices, nine regional offices in Ireland, and we are connected to innovation networks at national and EU level.
Our clients’ exports have almost doubled in the past ten years and now exceed €20bn. Substantial growth was achieved in Northern Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific Region. We aim to increase total exports to €26bn per annum over the coming 2017-2020.
Services on offer to enterprise?
Enterprise Ireland offer support to both Start up Businesses and Established Irish Business targeting international markets.
Start Up Support:
Enterprise Ireland focuses on high potential startup businesses – those with an innovative business idea with export potential that will employ more than 10 people and generate €1m in sales within 3 to 4 years of starting up.
Entrepreneurs in the West region benefit from a strong startup eco-system – much of which is directly or indirectly supported by Enterprise Ireland. Supports directly provided by Enterprise Ireland to entrepreneurs include programmes like the New Frontiers Programme, the Innovation Voucher scheme, Competitive Feasibility Funding, investment money, mentoring, market intelligence, access to startup ideas, and buyer introductions for market ready products or services.
In addition to funding and working closely with the Local Enterprise Offices, (Galway Mayo Roscommon) we also support the startup ecosystem in areas like risk money (via business angels, investment syndicates, seed, venture and development capital funds), access to specialist startup supports from WestBIC, investment in startup hubs and enterprise centres, and funding for the development of new technologies through GMIT & NUI Galway.
We also offer a range of supports including Incubators and accelerators such as The Food Works Programme which is a joint initiative between Enterprise Ireland, Bord Bia and Teagasc. Food Works is a government supported accelerator programme that helps develop the next generation of scaleable and export driven Irish food businesses.The BioInnovate Ireland programme which Enterprise Ireland supports strongly, is based at NUIG Ireland and combines resources to catalyse and lead Medical Innovation by delivering the next generation of specially trained Fellows and skilled graduates to the med tech market place & identifying new product development opportunities.
Support for Established Businesses:
We help Irish companies capitalise on emerging opportunities in international markets through buyer introductions, trade missions, and attendance at other trade events such as trade fairs and conferences.
Enterprise Ireland also has numerous initiatives to encourage business development and jobs growth at a local level. For instance, our Global Sourcing initiative involves multi-national companies meeting with local companies with a view to sourcing goods and services from them
We offer a comprehensive range of supports to established clients including:
Market Research and Internationalisation supports
- Supports for Product, Process or Services Development
- Supports to Enhance and Develop Management Teams
- Productivity and Business Process Improvement Supports
- Company Expansion Packages
Enterprise Ireland wants to ensure that the skills needs of indigenous companies are understood and catered for when planning for the future skills needs of the economy. Enterprise Ireland has a range of supports to help client companies to develop and enhance their skills base. These include:
Leadership & Management Development Programmes
Tailored Company Management Supports
Our Graduate Programmes, G4IG and GBI which can be accessed through Gradhub.ie, enhance the skills base of client companies and offer exciting opportunities for graduates to work in an Irish SME in Ireland and international markets.
Enterprise Ireland provides a free service to highlight job vacancies in client companies. If you are an Enterprise Ireland client and have a Job vacancy which you would like to have listed on our website, please complete this online form.
Key projects with employers:
Enterprise Ireland’s work is crucial to regional development and the Government’s jobs plan. A total of 19,244 new jobs (full and part-time) in Enterprise Ireland supported businesses were created in 2016. Almost two-thirds of these new jobs were outside Dublin, and all regions recorded increases in employment. Digital Technology, Construction and Fintech were the key performing sectors. This translates into a net increase of 9,117 jobs for 2016 (taking account of job losses). Overall 201,108 people are employed by our clients.
These jobs are created in part because we help Irish companies capitalise on emerging opportunities in international markets through buyer introductions, trade missions, and attendance at other business events such as trade fairs and conferences.
For the next generation of employers, our High Potential Start-Up team help entrepreneurs create a successful business and we also have a Micro-Enterprise and Small Business Division for bringing businesses to the next level.
Contact details: Enterprise Ireland - West Region
T: +353 (0) 91 735 900
A: Mervue Business Park | Galway | Ireland | GPS: N53.28525 W-9.02873