Press Release 19 Apr 2012

Dublin, April 19th 2012-- Taoiseach Enda Kenny officially launched Sandbox’s very first Irish hub this morning at Government Buildings.

Eoghan Murphy TD, local Sandbox advisor, and Dublin Sandbox ambassadors John Egan and Isolde Moylan were in attendance, while Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, will deliver a speech to the group of leading entrepreneurs at an official ceremony in the Mansion House later this evening. 

Founded in Zurich, Switzerland in May 2009, Sandbox was established to give young achievers the throughout the world an ecosystem that helps accelerate them to a point where they can make a real difference in their home country and on a global level before they reach the age of 30.

Speaking before the launch, Eoghan Murphy Fine Gael TD for Dublin South East and local Sandbox advisor said: “We’re a young country and it’s an exciting time for young people who are taking the initiative and launching their own ideas and enterprises. There is huge potential here. Sandbox launching a hub in Dublin is recognition of that – and it’s a testament to John Egan and everyone else involved for bringing them here.  The Taoiseach wants Ireland to be the best small country in the world in which to do business and Sandbox is a part of that vision.”

John Egan added: “Sandboxers are already successful in their respective fields. We help them to develop their projects and skills, and increase their reach globally. We do this by offering Sandboxers connections, tools, support and inspiration.”

Isolde Moylan said: “For Sandbox to decide to choose Dublin as their next international hub is a great credit to the work of Ireland’s young business community and a vindication of sorts of the work that they are doing, despite being faced with difficult obstacles every step of the way. One of our first missions will be to help remove some of the obstacles that we face at home by introducing the best and brightest Irish entrepreneurs to some of their peers in other countries around the world.”

Barry O’Leary, CEO of IDA Ireland said: “I am delighted to welcome the creation the Sandbox Dublin hub.  Sandbox is an excellent initiative and its establishment here reinforces Ireland’s reputation as a leading location for innovative entrepreneurs and companies with ambitious global plans.  On behalf of IDA Ireland I wish Sandbox and its Sandboxers every success in their new Irish venture”.   

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