Startup Ireland are bringing the startup world to Ireland this year by hosting the global Startup Nations Summit in November 2016 in Cork, Ireland in association with Cork Innovates, see why you should be there.
Notes for Slides For those of you who might not be aware of where our country is here is where we are located. - A country of just 4.6 million people has had a disproportionately big impact on the world - According to the Good Country Index we contribute the most to the positive welfare of our planet. - If entrepreneurs are problem solvers Irish people have tackled and solved some of the world’s big problems. - Therefore it will come as no surprise that the word ‘Entrepreneur’ was invented by an Irishman. - And this reputation for problem solving has stood our country in good stead as we emerge from the worst economic recession to hit our country in living memory. - Which helps explain why our country is consistently ranked in the top 5 ‘Best Countries for Business’ by Forbes. - A finding that explains why the majority of the world’s high growth companies chose Ireland as their EMEA HQ - And they are in good company with many home grown world beaters that have emerged from Ireland. - So it will come as no surprise that in news being announced today by the European Digital Forum Ireland ranks 4th in the EU 28 for the adoption of entrepreneur friendly policies based on research that Startup Ireland helped contribute to (thanks to Professor Thomas Cooney and Jamie Meehan). - And to build your anticipation about your visit to Ireland here are some things that you didn’t know about Ireland, we have given the world some of its biggest festivals - Halloween (which is based on the ancient Celtic harvest festival Samhain) and St. Patrick’s Day. - We invented whiskey (known in Irish as uisce beatha or ‘water of life’) and the world’s most popular stout. - The Irish were building astronomically aligned passage graves 640 years before the pyramids of Giza were commenced and 1,000 years before Stonehenge. Indeed the alignment of Newgrange is so precise that the rising sun enters the main chamber on the day of the winter solstice. - And Ireland remained a centre of culture and learning that preserved ancient knowledge during the dark ages in Europe and from Ireland this knowledge flowed across the continent carried by Irish missionaries. The Book of Kells contains the four Gospels in Latin based on the Vulgate text which St Jerome completed in 384AD. - The university that is home to the book of Kells, Trinity College Dublin, has been a seat of learning and sharing knowledge for many centuries.- So it will come as no surprise that such an ancient culture has contributed so much to the world in terms of Nobel prize winners in areas spanning Medicine, Literature, Peace and Physics, and some that should have won such as James Joyce (author of Ulysses) and Bram Stoker (author of “Dracula").