Enterprise Ireland and IBM have announced a collaboration which will provide Irish high potential start-up and scale-up companies with resources, tools and technology. The initiative aims to help Irish businesses expand internationally while reducing the time it takes to get to new markets and scaling more rapidly within these markets.
The IBM OpenXChange programme will offer access to the companies technology and expertise with dedicated “boots on the ground” IBM guides responsible for their success. The OpenXChange team will design and execute bespoke partnership strategies towards common growth and success objectives with these Irish companies. Using IBM, RedHat, partner and even competitor technologies - companies will benefit from the differentiated versatility, security and scalability of hybrid cloud applications and automation capabilities that are infused with AI.
Supports provided will include cloud and software credits, training, one-to-one workshops and masterclasses. The OpenXChange will also open the door to IBM Labs and Ventures, offering opportunities to partner with IBM while also engaging European Innovation, R&D ecosystems and frameworks that can add significant value to shared strategic and operational commercial ambitions. The programme will work with a number of innovative startups, with a particular focus on Fintech, Cyber Security and Quantum.
Commenting on the initiative, Jenny Melia of Enterprise Ireland said, "IBM has a long history of supporting Irish companies and making its technology available to drive the next generation of leading Irish companies. OpenXchange is a great programme that has the capacity to make a real impact for Ireland’s innovative and scaling start-up companies and we are proud to partner with IBM on this exciting opportunity."
She added, "Ensuring that Irish companies can access and benefit from the cutting-edge technology of leading MNCs based in Ireland gives our start-up companies a competitive edge in global markets. OpenXchange is a great example of this partnership approach and Enterprise Ireland looks forward to working with the IBM team as the programme develops."