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Wednesday 23 October 2019

Sunny South East, home of Ireland's SILICON VALLEY?

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CONOR CULLEN

A NEW initiative in Wexford is seeking to make the town in the south east the Silicon Valley of Ireland.

The new enterprise initiative called TechOvate plans to create an innovation start-up hub for technology-based companies in the south east that will mirror the working environment and best practices of renowned Silicon Valley companies in northern California.

TechOvate has been launched in association with FUSE from Innovation Wexford and will seek to identify early-stage technology companies within the south east and help to develop collaborative relationships with entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley.

'The idea behind TechOvate is to drive job creation by developing the right conditions we can attract the next generation of technology companies to locate in Wexford, such as those in robotics, Internet multimedia services and gaming technology,' said Brendan Ennis, group chief executive of Innovation Wexford.

To kick start the ambitious plan, a group of Wexford business people, including Mr Ennis, FUSE chairman Philip Scallan, and RWorks CEO Tony Redmond, together with Mary McEvoy of Enterprise Ireland, recently travelled to Silicon Valley to learn first hand about the factors for success in technology entrepreneurship there.

'Silicon Valley is the benchmark for success in creating the right environment for technology enterprises to flourish,' said Mr Ennis.

'The purpose of our visit was to gain access to senior executives in Stanford University, Google, Facebook, Symantec and other technology companies to propose a collaborative partnership between Silicon Valley and the south east of Ireland,' he said.

For further information about TechOvate please contact Mr Ennis, at 053 9141711 or brendan@wec.ie.

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