US trade mission for IT firms

BUDDING technology entrepreneurs and small hi-tech and internet businesses in Cork are being offered a chance to show their wares on a trade mission to Chicago next year.

Cork County Council and Bord Gáis Networks have teamed up with IT specialists it@Cork and Barlogue Consultancy Services to offer a €3,000 prize to participate in a council IT trade mission to the US in early 2012.

Entitled Innovation That Matters, the primary focus of the initiative is to promote technology products and services offered by companies in Cork.

“It is widely recognised that our economic recovery will be export led and, with this in mind, we want to support innovative concepts that will create new market opportunities for our SMEs and lead to employment growth. Innovation That Matters will serve as a showcase of technological innovation in Ireland,” said Denis Collins, chairman of it@cork, a not-for-profit organisation representing the IT industry in Ireland.

Meanwhile, Ian O’Flynn of Barlogue Consultancy Services said: “We are inviting applicants to submit a 500-word summary outlining the innovation and emerging idea that is taking place within their organisation or that they have developed.”

These will be reviewed and a shortlist drawn up.

The successful company, which will be announced in November, will have some months to prepare for the trade mission to Chicago.

Bord Gáis Networks has also agreed to sponsor 10 memberships of it@Cork for one year.


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