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How much do you know about Irish tech startups? Which startups have the most buzz? Which tech giants have their offices here? And who are the Irish tech figures to know? ...

How much do you know about Irish tech startups? Which startups have the most buzz? Which tech giants have their offices here? And who are the Irish tech figures to know?

Frontline Ventures (www.frontline.vc) created this guide to promote Irish entrepreneurship while offering a 101 guide for anyone visiting the country or starting out in their career.

It covers the most successful Irish startups and companies on the rise, Irish tech accelerators and meetups, Irish tech press, resident VCs, and the story of how our homegrown industry began.

If you have a suggestion to add to the list, tweet @Frontline and get in touch!

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  • Hi @SOSv, Thanks for the Invite, please let us know the details, timing location etc... SOS has been on the VC page since the first week we put it up. If you have a logo for SELR8R please send it across and we'll add it to the next update we do for sure.
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  • If you're interested in the startup guide you may also be interested in some of the content we've created at www.makeitinireland.com and www.makeitincork.com. Enterprise Ireland also run a campaign showcasing careers in indigenous software companies at www.itshappeninghere.ie.

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  • Consider yourselves invited to the SELR8R sales accelerator graduation July 9 in Dublin. That way SOS Ventures and SELR8R can be included in future editions of this excellent production. Contact us for details
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  • Hi @dmpjoyce, we did it to try and help the Irish technology startup sector both for those new to the scene and those looking at it internationally. We wouldn't be doing other Irish sectors as we focus on tech entrepreneurship but happy for others to do them.
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  • 1. THE IRISH TECH STARTUP GUIDE BY W W W. F R O N T L I N E .V C @FRONTLINE
  • 2. WHO ARE FRONTLINE VENTURES? We are a venture capital fund that backs software entrepreneurs and helps them build their companies WHAT WE INVEST IN 14 8 69 2 5 Big Data Cloud Services Payments TALK TO US @frontline @wilp @willmcq
  • 3. IRELAND BY NUMBERS • 4 A HISTORY OF ENTERPRISE • 9 THE IRISH TECH ECOSYSTEM • 12 IRISH STARTUPS • 16 PEOPLE TO KNOW • 22 FINDING CAPITAL AND MENTORS • 30 PLACES TO GO • 36
  • 4. IREL AND BY NUMBERS
  • 5. TA L E N T 1/3 of the population is under 25 -the youngest population in the EU 2/5 of the population is third-level educated - the highest rate in the western world, and compared to 29% EU average The only English speaking country in the Euro Zone Access to the EU and its 500m population The highest proportion of science and engineering grads in the world
  • 6. TRACK RECORD 8/10 top global ICT companies 3/6 top global gaming companies 9/10 top global pharma companies have operations in Ireland 4/8 top global financial institutions Technology companies account for over 90% of venture capital investment in Ireland, compared to 31% in Europe
  • 7. WORLD COMPETITIVENESS 1st for business legislation for foreign investors GCR 2013 1st in Eurozone Best Countries for Business Forbes 2010 1st for FDI per 100,000 population IBM Global Location Trends Report 1st for availability of skilled labour GCR 2013 1 1st for investment incentives for foreign investors GCR 2013 1st in the world for most-highly employable graduates EC Study of International Recruiters 2010 1st for real corporate taxes GCR 2013
  • 8. WORLD COMPETITIVENESS The investment by US companies into Ireland is greater than that made in Brazil, Russia, India and China combined. RUSSIA IRELAND INDIA CHINA BRAZIL 1990 - 2011
  • 9. A HISTORY OF ENTERPRISE
  • 10. Irish-French economist Richard Cantillon coined the word ‘entrepreneur’ in 1730 and identified the entrepreneur’s role as a risk taker who is balancing the markets by predicting what buyers want. Some look at things that are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not? George Bernard Shaw
  • 11. When I came to Facebook and it was time to figure out where to put our international headquarters…we actually really only looked at Ireland Sheryl Sandberg, COO Facebook Ireland is a great place to do business Eric Schmidt, Chairman, Google
  • 12. THE IRISH TECH ECOSYSTEM
  • 13. ONCE UPON A TIME IN DUBLIN… 1950-2000: Intel, IBM, Sun Microsystems, Dell, Microsoft, HP, Oracle, Citrix, Symantec, EMC2 powered by
  • 14. …THEN CAME ‘IRELAND 2.0’… 2000-2010: Google, Yahoo, Amazon, Facebook, EngineYard, Ebay, Paypal, Salesforce, Aol, VMWare powered by
  • 15. …AND SUDDENLY IN JUST TWO YEARS: 2010-2012: Dropbox, Twitter, LinkedIN, Zendesk, Etsy, Zynga, HubSpot, Gilt, LogMeIn, 10Gen, SumUp, Marketo, Ancestry.com, Groupon, Riot, Indeed, MasterCard powered by
  • 16. THE WEB SUMMIT 2010 2013 Less than 30 people spoke More than 300 people will speak a 10x increase There was 1 workshop There will be over 50 workshops a 50x increase Just under 500 people showed up 10,000 people will show up a 20x increase 3 startups exhibited 900 startups will exhibit a 60x increase 4 international investors showed up 400+ international investors will attend a 100x increase Attendees came from 1 country: Ireland Attendees will come from over 100 countries a 100x increase There was 1 evening networking event There will be over 100 evening networking events, dinners and more a 100x increase
  • 17. IRISH S TA R T U P S
  • 18. ENTERPRISE/SAAS
  • 19. SOCIAL MEDIA/CONSUMER WEB E- C O M M E R C E ED TECH
  • 20. MOBILE FIN TECH H E A LT H T E C H
  • 21. MUSIC TECH GAMING
  • 22. SOME HOMEGROWN SUCCESSES Operated by over 450,000 retailers globally, drives revenue to over 200 mobile providers Processed over $24bn in online transactions last year Leading developer of physics engine used in over 500+ top selling video games and many blockbuster movies 250,000 beds are booked a month through its platform and used in over 165 countries Used by 80 governments globally to manage social welfare payments Biggest public online bookmaker in the world AND MANY OTHERS:
  • 23. SOME PEOPLE TO KNOW
  • 24. SOME PEOPLE TO KNOW Karl Aherne Wayra Nick Ashmore NPRF Sean Baker Incaplex Russell Banks Conker / Dublin Beta Richard Barnwell Digit/Jagex Sean Blanchfield Scalefront Keith Bohanna IIA Simone Boswell Enterprise Ireland Gavin Bourke Nebula Ventures Terence Bowden Propellor Accelerator John Breslin NUIG Ed Byrne Cloud Vertical Donal Cahalane Trustev Paul Campbell Hypertiny / FunConf Brian Caulfield DFJ Esprit Dylan Collins Box of Awesome Steve Collins Havok / Swrve Paddy Cosgrave WebSummit / F.ounders
  • 25. SOME PEOPLE TO KNOW Mary Cronin Thousand Seeds Joe Drumgoole Feed Henry Daire Hickey Websummit / F.ounders Donnchadh Cullinan Enterprise Ireland Tom Cusack Enterprise Ireland Brian Daly Pitchify John Egan Archipelago / Sandbox Sonia Flynn Facebook Niall Harbison Simply Zesty Paddy Holahan Newbay Josh Holmes Microsoft Andrew Hunter SVB Dermot Daly Topado John Dennehy Zartis Paul Hayes Beach Hut John Herlihy Google Eoghan Jennings Health XL Martin Kelly IBM / Health XL
  • 26. SOME PEOPLE TO KNOW Dave Kelly David Lawrence Websummit / F.ounders Pegasus Barry Maloney Balderton Capital Steven McIntyre Twitter Connor Murphy DataHug Gene Murphy Copper.io Gary Leyden NDRC LaunchPad Eamon Leonard Engine Yard Colm Lyon Realex Payments Vincent Lyons DubStarts Kieran Moynihan CIT Adrian Mullett Bank of Ireland Darren Mulvihill Startup Grind Joan Mulvihill Irish Internet Assoc. Barry O’Brien SVB Paul O’Dea Selected Strategies Garrett Murray Enterprise Ireland Ray Nolan Hostel World/ Ultimate Rugby
  • 27. SOME PEOPLE TO KNOW Barry O’Dowd IDA Aileen O’Malley SOvH Partners Ronan Perceval Phorest Raomal Perera Thousand Seeds Pat Phelan Cubic Tel. / Trustev Nicola Riordan Nua Marketing Noel Ruane Polaris Anna Scally KPMG Barry Smyth UCD James Whelton CoderDojo
  • 28. A FA M I LY B U S I N E S S John Collison Martina Skelly Patrick Collison Michael Skelly Eamon Fallon Jennie McGinn Brian Fallon Grace McGinn Jonathan Ruane Sarah McGinn Jason Ruane Brian Reeves Frank Reeves
  • 29. TECH PRESS Johnny Ryan Irish Times Karlin Lillington Irish Times Adrian Weckler Tom Lyons Sunday Business Post Sunday Independent Chris Horn Irish Times Ciara O’Brien Irish Times Pamela Newenham Irish Times Carmel Doyle Silicon Republic John Kennedy Silicon Republic Gavin Daly Sunday Times Mark Little Storyful Gavan Reilly TheJournal.ie Philip Connolly Sunday Business Post
  • 30. T E C H N O L O G Y L AW F I R M S
  • 31. S TA R T U P A C C O U N TA N T S LARGER FIRMS INDEPENDENT Ciaran Walsh Colin Keane Johnny Harte
  • 32. F I N D I N G C A P I TA L & MENTORS
  • 33. I N C U B AT O R S /A C C E L E R AT O R S com in n soo g
  • 34. BANKS & CROWD-FUNDING
  • 35. ANGEL NETWORKS
  • 36. L O C A L & I N T E R N AT I O N A L R E S I D E N T V C S OYSTER CAPITAL
  • 37. CENTRES FOR SCIENCE, ENGINEERING & TECH CSETs help link scientists and engineers to industry and foster the development of Irish technology companies.
  • 38. PL ACES TO GO
  • 39. C O -W O R K I N G S PA C E S IADT Media Cube Dogpatch Labs Liffey Trust Hub National College of Ireland Guinness Enterprise Centre The Digital Hub
  • 40. S TA R T U P H A N G O U T S KC Peaches Chop House Skinflint Science Gallery Library Bar Crackbird 3FE Jo’Burger No Name Slattery’s Food Game
  • 41. MEETUPS AND CONFERENCES
  • 42. WA N T T O F I N D O U T M O R E ? DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO BELONGS ON OUR GUIDE? FOLLOW OR TWEET @FRONTLINE WORDS BY: Ro i s i n K i b e r d @roisinthemirror PRODUCED BY: PICTURES BY: Fu c h s i a M a c A r e e @phewsha