|State Agency of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation overview|
|Headquarters||East Point Business Park, Dublin 3|
|State Agency of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation executive||Terence O'Rourke, Chairman|
|Key document||Industrial Development (Enterprise Ireland) Act, 1998|
|Website||Enterprise Ireland website|
Enterprise Ireland is the Irish leading state economic development agency focused on helping Irish-owned business deliver new export sales. The core mission of Enterprise Ireland is to accelerate the development of Irish enterprises capable of achieving strong positions in global markets resulting in increased national and regional prosperity and purchasing power.
Enterprise Ireland was established by the Industrial Development (Enterprise Ireland) Act 1998, superseding two earlier bodies: Forbairt and An Bord Tráchtála. Forbairt had been established as part of Forfás in 1993, to make industrial development grants, while An Bord Tráchtála had been established in 1991 by merging the Irish Goods Council and Córas Tráchtala. Córas Tráchtála had been founded in 1959 to market Irish goods abroad. The Irish Goods Council was founded to market Irish goods in Ireland in 1974, originally within the National Development Association as the Working Group on the Promotion and Sale of Irish Goods; in 1978 it was spun out and merged with Vivian Murray's private National Development Council as a limited company.
Enterprise Ireland has established a reputation as the leading development agency in the world.
Enterprise Ireland continues to drive the transformation of Irish industry by stimulating the creation of innovative companies that can compete on international markets.
For example, entrepreneurs in a business start-up situation might benefit from participating in an Enterprise Platform Programme (EPP) and Enterprise Ireland clients also incubate in local enterprise centres.
Through the extensive network of 13 Irish offices, 34 international offices and a network of business development advisors, it works with Irish companies to secure and grow their international business.
Irish companies supported by Enterprise Ireland
Enterprise Ireland provides financial support and advice to Irish technology companies and helps them in promotion to foreign markets. The Irish software sector is one area that Enterprise Ireland supports companies that are termed 'High Potential Starts Ups' such as firms that are seen to have specific niche in the market with a service or product that has Enterprise Ireland believe has a lot of potential for success.
Applied Research Enhancement Program
Applied Research Enhancement Centres are funded by Enterprise Ireland with the purpose of providing specialised expertise, research and development capabilities and access to state of the art equipment to companies. Companies may engage with AREs under a number of EI funded opportunities including EI vouchers and Innovation Partnerships.
The AREs are divided sectorally into:
- ICT and Software
- Bio-Life Sciences and Pharmaceuticals
- Bio-medical Devices and Materials
The ICT and Software Sector AREs are:
- Centre for Affective Solutions for Ambient Living Awareness (CASALA) located at Dundalk Institute of Technology
- Centre for Converged IP Communications Services (3CS) located at Waterford Institute of Technology
- Technologies for Embedded Computing (TEC) located at Cork Institute of Technology
- Seamless Use Through Abstraction Technologies (SUNAT) located at Athlone Institute of Technology
- Wireless Sensor Applied Research (WiSAR Lab) located at Letterkenny Institute of Technology
The Bio Life Sciences and Pharmaceuticals Sector AREs are:
- Ion Channel Biotechnology Centre (ICBC) located at Dundalk Institute of Technology
- Pharmaceutical and Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre(PMBRC) located at Waterford Institute of Technology
- Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre (SABC) located at the Institute of Technology, Tralee and Limerick Institute of Technology
The Biomedical Devices and Materials Sector AREs are:
- Centre for Research in Engineering Surface Coatings (CREST) located at Dublin Institute of Technology
- Micro Sensors for Clinical Analysis (MiCRA) located at Institute of Technology, Tallaght
- South Eastern Applied Materials Research Centre (SEAM)located at Waterford Institute of Technology
- Centre for Advanced Photonics and Process Control (CAPPA)located at Cork Institute of Technology
- Medical Engineering Design and Innovation Centre (MEDIC) located at Cork Institute of Technology
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- Enterprise Ireland: Reports and Published Strategies