The first ever database of Irish technology companies aimed at exposing indigenous talent and innovation to a global audience ìs to be launched today.
A beta version of Tech Ireland — an initiative from the Dublin Commissioner for Startups — is live with profiles of more than 500 startups, as well as details of 90 venture capital funds which have invested in Ireland and 40 or so of the country’s startup hubs.
With TechIreland, investors, potential business partners and media will have easy access to hundreds of companies in a way that has not previously been the case, according to Dublin startup commissioner Niamh Bushnell who said Irish startups have “suffered from living incognito” for years.
“With TechIreland we’ll track our companies as they progress, and learn what’s strong and what’s missing from the ecosystem.
"We’ll expose our companies to global business opportunities and share the data with international platforms like AngelList and Crunchbase too.
“Through TechIreland, Irish innovation will be fully and publicly available for the very first time,” Ms Bushnell said.
The 500 companies featured in the initial phase of the project have raised €2.19bn in funding and have offices in 20 countries around the world. Some 35% of those featured have been founded since 2010.
Users can browse startups by size, funding stage or amount and target market.
Similar filters can be applied to the multinational companies listed on the site while investors can be whittled down depending on the type of funding they offer.
Some of the world’s biggest technology companies are among those featured on TechIreland, including Twitter, Apple, Microsoft and Google.
The platform was inspired by Startup Central in Tel Aviv, Israel, and has been developed over the past year, drawing from more than 65 data sources.
Over the coming months, TechIreland analysts will be adding to the information on the platform as well as verifying and correcting any errors in the information ahead of its official launch in October.
Businesses and the public are being encouraged to provide feedback on the platform while TechIreland staff will also be holding a week-long marketing push in Cork, Limerick and Galway in September.
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