The Dutch Irish Affair


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    1. 1. The Dutch Irish Affair
    2. 2. Who we are We are an online start-up promoting Ireland’s tech sector. @_davehall
    3. 3. Some of Ireland’s top employers…
    4. 4. 10 Of the world’s top 10 tech companies located in Ireland 1,100 Bars in Dublin 100,000+ People working in the tech sector Ireland by the numbers
    5. 5. 57 Flights between Ireland and The Netherlands per week €140 Cost of my last flight (Cork/Amsterdam – Aer Lingus) 300+ Amazing startups Ireland by the numbers
    6. 6. Once upon a time in Ireland… (circa 1995) * Thanks to Frontline Ventures/IDA
    7. 7. Then from 2000-2010 came ‘Ireland 2.0’ * Thanks to Frontline Ventures/IDA
    8. 8. And then more… * Thanks to Frontline Ventures/IDA
    9. 9. The Dutch – Irish Affair
    10. 10. We go way back. The Dutch first came to Ireland in the 17th Century when Lord Orrery brought over 40 families to the country in order to ‘civilize’ the Irish. Ever since, the Dutch diaspora have been making their presence felt…
    11. 11. Dutch Billy architecture in the 1790’s Thank you for giving us… 2 Unlimited in the 90’s and the TomTom in the 00’s
    12. 12. There are over 4,313 Dutch nationals living in Ireland (we need more). That’s more than a 39% increase in the community in just 10 years. Today
    13. 13. Interview with Eefje from Spouses Abroad How you landed in Ireland My boyfriend and I were living in Copenhagen, Denmark before we moved to Ireland as he was working there. He was given the opportunity to work in Dublin so we decided to take that chance and come here. Copenhagen wasn’t a place where I managed to settle in. Thankfully Dublin has already ended up being a great decision because the Irish are friendly, helpful, open and everyone speaks English, which makes it a lot easier to communicate. Impressions of Ireland - how you adjusted I arrived in Ireland on June 18th so I'm still pretty new to the country but my first impressions have been that of a hard working society and one where they tend to have children at a young age. Dublin is a bit rawer than Copenhagen and Amsterdam which gives the city an edge. This encourages me to build something up for myself and really try and make the best of my time here. The story of your business Moving abroad means seeing many new places, traveling a lot, hearing many different languages and meeting many different people and cultures in a very short period of time. As accompanying spouses we know what the struggles are that people come across when moving to a new country. Struggles such as; Where do I find a job? Where's the nearest supermarket? Where can I find the best or nearest GP? And, how do I pay for things in a country which is as cash driven as Ireland is, where I can barely use my pin card? My personal experiences of living abroad in Copenhagen with little attention for me as a relocated spouse, and meeting many other spouses in the same situation as Sylvia, helped us made the decision to set-up a company that helps others, like us, who have been relocated internationally. Accompanying spouses shouldn't be the forgotten group. They often have a lot to offer in their new country of residence and we truly believe that they can have a great positive impact on their new environment and the city can benefit from them. And be clever, investing in an accompanying spouse means your employee will stay forever.
    14. 14. Interview with Vivian Oosterkamp, Online Marketing Specialist How was the switch from Amsterdam to Dublin? Adjusting was actually pretty easy for me thanks to Dublin’s great mix of international people. You really don’t feel like a foreigner and I even made some really good Irish friends! Being quite an outdoorsy person too, I loved the fact that Ireland has so much nature to offer. Even close to downtown Dublin you can visit some great beaches like Howth, Sandymount or Bray. And then on weekends you can sometimes rent a car and go on road trips to the West Coast. Beautiful! So any tips for us? Getting talking to people! When I think of Irish people, I mostly think of the locals I chat to in pubs and of course the taxi drivers who have the strongest Irish accents! The Irish are very nice and welcoming people and are always eager to show you their country. On the flipside, the weather is a small downside but I guess us Dutchies are used to rainy weather! Ireland beats everything though so it’s best to get some good rain gear and just get out there on rainy, stormy days!! What about those dark moments when you miss Bitterballen or Stroopwafels? Ha! Food wise, I have to say that Dublin has some great restaurants and food markets to offer. Even in my neighbourhood of Ranelagh in Dublin 4, there are some great Italian, Thai and Chinese restaurants and pubs with good bar food. There are also lots of nice cafés for Sunday breakfasts. Yum. Make mine an Eggs Benedict! So you’d recommend a move to Ireland? Absolutely! Working in Dublin has been a great life experience for me. I’ve met so many great friends, and learned so much on a professional level from mentors and colleagues. I feel that people are not just there for the money but rather because they believed in it and wanted to be part of this great success. It’s a very stimulating environment to work in. Sounds good. And when you shutdown that laptop, where can we find you on a Friday night? Hmm, Oceans Bar in the Tech Village or Slattery’s on Upper Grand Canal Street is a happening hotspot for Dutch tech-peeps.
    15. 15. So why do the Dutch move to Ireland?
    16. 16. Thijs van der Haak Marketing Manager, Global Tech Company JJ Van der Laan Head, Dutch Irish Association Here’s what the Dutch are saying about Dublin As a small-business owner in Dublin I find it really easy to get help and advice from fellow business owners and enterprise groups. There’s a willingness to help each other which is great! Astrid Fitzpatrick Owner, Dublin Bike Shop
    17. 17. Stats shows the Dutch move to Ireland for 3 reasons… 1 The Lifestyle 2 The People
    18. 18. All that open space! 3
    19. 19. So how can you make the move to Ireland?
    20. 20. 1 Find a job. There are lots of opportunities for Dutch speakers with these skills... Software Development Online advertising/Marketing Sales Finance Legals Customer/Technical Support Visit to see the leading companies
    21. 21. Sample Jobs Paypal Customer Solutions Fluent Dutch Microsoft Account Manager SMB Advertising Accenture Collection Analyst with Dutch Twitter Client Partner – Sales – Netherlands Google Online Sales Account Manager (Dutch) Facebook Account Manager (Dutch) EMC Sales Associate (Dutch)
    22. 22. 35 Amsterdam-Dublin flights per week 8 Maastricht-Dublin flights per week 14 Amsterdam-Cork flights per week 2 Get here
    23. 23. 3 Live here. Visit to find everything you need.