Global Entrepreneurs from Ireland
Chris Horn [of IONA fame] has started blogging – and has kicked off with some great blog posts.
His latest is Global Entrepreneurs from Ireland – with the question
“Why would any entrepreneur chose Ireland as the headquarters for her global start-up ?”
Chris is participating with the EI/ISA initiative on “leadership for growth” programme – see previous post
Over dinner, Chris and the group discussed a trend where the “new immigrants” are starting businesses in Ireland… and highlighted Ammado as an example.
“Ultimately, the striking observation is that the most successful world class entrepreneurs based in Ireland, have done so despite the challenges: the physical infrastructure, even the physical location of Ireland, the cost challenges, and the frequently dysfunctional civil service. The Irish have historically been the â€œunder-dogsâ€, and rise to the challenge. Ireland has now become culturally deeply entrepreneurial, with a deep â€œcan doâ€ attitude swelling in its national psyche.”
One sobering point from Chris
“clearly Ireland needs to grow its own indigenous companies and entrepreneurs to sustain economic growth as multinationals in due course move elsewhere.”
Conor captures in a great blog post – on a bunch of recent activity that is creating the environment for Irish and European entrepreneurs to build global businesses….