Minister for Employment and Small Business, Pat Breen departs for Texas tomorrow to begin a 4-day Enterprise Ireland trade visit to the USA.
The highlight of the trade visit will be the Enterprise Ireland exhibition stand at South by Southwest (SXSW), a world-famous digital technology conference, trade show and festival combination where emerging technologies, original music and independent films converge.
It is hoped the trade visit to SXSW will open doors in the competitive USA technology market for the 11 participating Irish companies. The 11 companies will showcase their digital technologies at the trade show from March 10th - 15th which include apps for making digital payments and finding gyms near airports, technologies for broadcasting and gene databases for researchers.
The participating companies are Cogni Financial, DataKraft, Digisoft.tv, Heliworks Technologies, Intuition, Newswhip, Parkpnp, Sanctifly, Systemlink Technologies, Vistatec and Transfermate.
By giving these Irish companies the opportunity to exhibit at SXSW, Enterprise Ireland is helping them to better understand the potential for their product or service in the US market with the ultimate goal of increasing exports to the US and creating jobs in Ireland.
Enterprise Ireland has set a target to increase exports to USA by its clients from €2.9bn in 2015 to €5bn in 2020. This trade visit is one of 46 international events scheduled by Enterprise Ireland in 2017 to help Irish companies identify new markets for their products and services as they tackle the challenges posed by the United Kingdom’s decision to exit the EU.
Prior to his departure for Texas Minister Breen said, "I am delighted to support the work of Enterprise Ireland who are playing an instrumental role in assisting Irish entrepreneurs to build cutting edge, valuable technology companies, opening offices in the US, securing significant partnerships and closing larger-than-ever funding rounds from US investors and international syndicates. The 2017 SXSW delegation is further evidence of Ireland’s thriving and growing indigenous start-up ecosystem."