Blog Article 18 Jan 2017

IDA Ireland will be attending the Silicon Slopes Summit in downtown Salt Lake City, which is taking place later this week. Over 7,000 tech enthusiasts will be attending the two day conference, giving attendees the chance to interact with some of the industry’s leading technology experts and innovators. The event also coincides with the Sundance Film Festival, so there may be opportunities for some star-spotting along the way!

Though it may come as a surprise to some, strong business ties between Utah and Ireland already exist. In fact, Qualtrics, one of Utah’s most successful home grown tech companies, opened its first international office in Ireland in 2013. Qualtrics now employs over 200 people at its European HQ in Dublin. These employees work primarily in sales, supporting Qualtrics customers in 16 languages across European markets.


Our experience of doing business in Europe from our Irish base has been phenomenal. Ireland provides us with the perfect entry point to Europe. Through our relationship with IDA Ireland, within a matter of weeks we were able to very quickly move from initial discussions to full-scale operational implementation.” - Ryan Smith, CEO of Qualtrics

 

Other Utah companies who’ve found a second home in Ireland include Ancestry.com, which employs 100 people at its European HQ and Customer Support Centre in Dublin, Overstock.com, which has a growing software development team in Sligo in the North West of Ireland, StorageCraft, which opened its International Headquarters in Cork in 2013, and Zagg, which supports its EMEA customers from an international HQ in Shannon, Co. Clare. On the MedTech side, Utah- based companies Merit Medical and Utah Medical Products both have long-standing investments in Ireland, with operations in Galway and Athlone, respectively. So why have so many Utah-based companies chosen Ireland? Well, the two locations actually have a lot in common - a strong pro-business attitude, a young, vibrant workforce and an abundance of local tech talent. There are cultural factors as well: both Utah and Ireland are renowned for their open, friendly people and their strong sense of community, attributes that are undoubtedly an asset for international tech companies.

And on a broader level, Ireland just makes sense. We have an amazing track record of supporting international tech companies going back over 30 years. All of the big players, including Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Amazon, Hubspot, Twitter, Ebay and Airbnb (to name but a few!) have operations here. We have an abundant supply of highly-skilled, multilingual talent along with access to a labour pool of over 500 million people across the European Union and beyond. Ireland is also one of the easiest places in the world to do business, thanks to flexible labour laws, world-class technology infrastructure and a competitive corporate tax rate of 12.5%.

The IDA Ireland team is looking forward to attending the Silicon Slopes Summit on 19th and 20th January. If you're around, we would love to hear about your buisness and international plans and provide you with further information on how we can be of assistance. We provide confidential and free services and pride ourselves on delivering value to companies at every stage of the internationalization process.

Please email Deirdre at deirdre.moran@ida.ie

Conor at conor.sheehy@ida.ie or

Camoimhe at caoimhe.kenny@ida.ie.

to arrange a meeting.

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