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  • 20 November 2012 16:39

Irish Government Launches Australia-Wide Startup Competition

The Irish Government is offering the chance to win a place on Europe’s top incubator program and take on the world from Ireland!

Enterprise Ireland, the Irish government’s startup agency, today announced a nation-wide competition to put Australia's top startup on LaunchPad, one of the highest rated accelerator programmes in Europe. Based in Dublin, Ireland and surrounded by a network of experienced mentors, investors and like-minded entrepreneurs, LaunchPad provides its companies with a huge competitive advantage on the international market.

In addition, the successful startup will also be offered office space for up to two people at the Guinness Enterprise Centre, Ireland’s largest startup Incubator Centre with over 80 companies and a community of 300+ entrepreneurs drawn from over 10 nationalities.

Ranked #1 for availability of skilled labour and known internationally as ‘the hub for Europe’, Ireland has become the location of choice for startups seeking to target the US and European markets. With an ecosystem that includes Google, Facebook, Zynga and LinkedIn, it’s no wonder that global entrepreneurs have begun to call Ireland ‘The Startup Country’.

Outlined below are some additional reasons why Ireland is such an attractive proposition to aspiring startups:

- Running a company in Ireland is 34% cheaper than Australia.

- Ireland’s corporate tax rate is just 12.5%, compared with 30% in Australia.

- Over 200 flights per day from Ireland to Europe and the US.

- As well as over €800MM in available venture capital, did you know that Ireland has a dedicated investment fund for startups who want to locate in Ireland?

To find out more about the competition, interested individuals and companies in Australia can register to participate in a series of free webinars being hosted by Enterprise Ireland on Wednesday, 21st and Thursday, 22nd November 2012 at 12.30pm EST. These webinars will feature entrepreneurs who have successfully set up operations in Ireland. Participants will be able to listen first-hand to the best practices and experiences of building a global business from Ireland.

To register for the free webinar series interested participants can visit:

The closing date for entering the competition is 10th December 2012. To find out more about why Ireland is the best place in the world for your startup, please go to

About Enterprise Ireland

Enterprise Ireland is the Irish government’s startup agency. Our mission is to make Ireland the best country in the world for starting and running a business. We provide a range of services, grants and investment funds for high potential startup companies across a wide range of sectors. Our International Startup Fund is targeted at investor-ready international startups seeking to locate in Ireland. For more information about us or to get in touch please go to

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