Cork is the chosen European manufacturing
and services location for the worldwide
operations of such major corporations as
Pfizer, Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Eli Lily,
Schering Plough, Apple Inc., Boston
Scientific, Stryker, Johnson & Johnson,
EMC, Amazon, Bank of New York Mellon
4. Soft stuff
Cork Harbour is Europe's largest
natural harbour and the Port of Cork
utilises this asset by providing
Ireland's only multi-purpose deep
sea port facility.
Cork offers a safe,
welcoming, and friendly
location with the perfect
Cork also possesses a number of world renowned
research institutes such as the Tyndall National
Research Institute; the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre;
Moorepark Dairy and Food Research Centre
“one of several which lay claim to the title of "second largest natural harbour in the world by
navigational area" (after Port Jackson, Sydney).
Other contenders include Halifax Harbour in Canada, and Poole Harbour in England.
The largest non-navigational harbour and the largest natural harbour in the world is New
Zealand's Kaipara Harbour, at 947 km².
Tourism: 2.5m (1993) - 7.6m (2013)
% of Economy: 4% (1993) - 14% (2013)
Barcelona is the world’s
fourth busiest cruise ship
port, with 2.6m passengers
in 2013 (up from 152,000 in
Last August, Barcelona’s
airport passenger count
surpassed Madrid’s for the
Barcelona Turisme: old city,
Sagrada Família and Park Güell
as tourism flash points.
Nevertheless, in addition to maintaining the tourism-branding at which it excels, “the
city is also developing a more sustainable model of place branding in line with other
world cities, to attract businesses and talent from outside. Developed under the
slogan Barcelona Inspires, Prof Fernández explains, core assets of the older, tourist
model – sea, climate, Gaudí, Barça football club – are being widened to project an
image of innovation, creativity and talent.
Monday March 31
Poblenou is a cluster of converted factories
and striking new buildings that are home to
research institutions, high-tech companies,
corporate headquarters, government
agencies and apartments
“Pick a hot industry, build a technology park next to a
research university, provide incentives for businesses to
relocate, add some VC and then watch the magic happen”.
- communication channels that local
entrepreneurs maintain to the
- open-mindedness toward foreign
cultures, change and new ideas”.
- Regional and national clusters are
“irrelevant for innovation”
Key Drivers of Innovation
Companies that maintain ties only with players within the
same cluster are four times LESS LIKELY to innovate
than those which were globally connected.
“Silicon Valley, despite being at the center of
the digital world, is a hopelessly insular and
actually rather hermetic place.
Even its famous immigrant culture emphasizes
joining the SV way.
For all its talk of innovation, it resists almost
anyone who is not part of its mainstream“
“Of all required criteria, it is essential that the chosen
entrepreneurs work in a global mindset, believing that
the route to success is via expansion not isolation.”
B.Comm, M.Sc., University College, Cork
MBA, IE Business School
Lives in: Madrid, Spain
'The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.'
Walter Bagehot (1826 - 1877)