The team from Ireland’s foreign direct investment agency IDA Ireland are delighted to be attending Velocity2 this Wednesday and Thursday in London, and like you we’re looking out for the best talks to get to. We thought we might give you some tips on three of our compatriots who we can promise you will not disappoint! These Irish speakers represent three world class SaaS companies with a base in Dublin. Combined, these companies employ over 8,500 people, have raised over $420m in funding, and two have IPO'd.
For a small country of 4.7 million people, Ireland punches well above its weight in the talent department. This year’s Oscar nominations reveals an impressive array of Irish names, across a broad range of categories, including Best Lead Actress (Saoirse Ronan, Ladybird), Best Lead Actor (Daniel Day Lewis, Phantom Thread), Best Original Screenplay (Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and Best Animated Feature (Cartoon Saloon, The Breadwinner), amongst others.
Internationally recognised for its abundant base of global technology companies and its equally vibrant creative industry, Ireland has been experiencing a convergence of both industries of late, with companies like Amazon and Facebook leading the charge.
To see my young nephews going to school with tablets instead of spine curving backpacks full of books shows how far schools in Ireland have come in a relatively short space of time in terms of adopting new forms of technology. Since having my own child who is fascinated with ipads, laptops and smartphones I have realised how important it is in Ireland for our future generations to be brought up in a tech savvy environment to remain ahead of the curve!!