itag European/Regional Cluster Forum

Forum Lead: Deirdre Giblin, Ericsson & Mike Conroy ATU
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  • Solid technological infrastructure that includes high-speed broadband, reliable power, and access to state-of-the-art research and development facilities.
  • The infrastructure should be designed to attract and support businesses of all sizes, from startups to established enterprises.

Talent Development


  • Talent development, which includes creating a pipeline of highly skilled workers who are well-trained in the latest technologies and have a deep understanding of the industry.
  • Partnerships with local universities, vocational schools, and training programs that offer opportunities for upskilling and reskilling.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation


  • Fostering entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Provide access to resources like funding, mentorship, and incubation programs to help startups grow and thrive.
  • Promote a culture of innovation and creativity, encouraging risk-taking, and celebrating failure as a learning opportunity.

Collaboration and Networking


  • Provide opportunities for collaboration and networking among businesses, researchers, and entrepreneurs within the cluster.
  • Host regular events, meetups, and workshops where people can share ideas, build relationships, and form partnerships.
  • Create a vibrant community of tech professionals who can learn from each other and work together to drive the growth and success of the cluster.
To establish a thriving European tech cluster in the West of Ireland along the AtlanTec Way, attracting world-class technology companies and talent, fostering innovation and entrepreneurship, and creating a hub for industry collaboration and knowledge-sharing, with a strong focus on AI.
The objective highlights the ultimate goal off the group, which is to create a successful tech cluster in the region that benefits the local economy and attracts international attention.  It also outlines some key components of the cluster, such as the need to
attract top talent and companies, encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, and provide a platform for industry collaboration and knowledge-sharing.

Mike Conroy, itag
Sharon Walsh, Fidelity Investments, Galway
Eve-Anne McCarron, ATU Donegal
David Kenny, Overstock, Sligo
Ed Curry, University of Galway
Deirdre Giblin, Ericsson, Athlone
Caroline Cawley, itag

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