Why Galway

Ex Ordo

“Ex Ordo develops software for professional and technical communities. Our software is used by some of the smartest people on the planet (medicine, science, engineering & academia) to organise online conferences, meetups and workshops.

We power the advancement of the world’s research. Our ambition is to help professional and technical communities grow their networks such that we become the next LinkedIn. We’ve powered over 1,500 conferences in 58 countries, 800,000 researchers have used our platform and we work with 11 of the top 20 universities in the world.”

Paul Killoran

Founder & CEO

Medtronic

“What makes Galway stand out as an attractive location for Medtronic is its strong talent pool as well as the spirit of collaboration with industry, academia, local authorities, national government agencies and the business and hospitality sectors.

As a Centre of Excellence for manufacturing, research & development and customer engagement for the company’s Cardiac and Vascular Business, it is important for us to have the opportunity to engage locally with NUIG and GMIT on research and new product development programmes and education programmes ensuring a strong talent pipeline for the future.”

Tony Neary

Vice President & General Manager, Medtronic

Zimmer Biomet

“The Galway area has a strong third level infrastructure with NUI Galway and GMIT”.

“Our products are technically challenging to manufacture and having access to the brightest mechanical and bio-medical engineers is very positive.”

“That skillset and the flexibility of the workforce allowed production to ramp up very quickly and achieve productivity levels higher than most of the company’s other facilities.”

Adrien Furey

Senior VP, Global Operations and Logistics

VP Worldwide Sales, Channel Mechanics

“Mid-size companies are choosing to avoid Dublin as it’s dominated by big players.”

“The regional cities present a better opportunity for companies like us to stand- out from the crowd yet they have a deep pool of talented people who have opted for the lifestyle they have to offer.”

“The high calibre of candidates presenting for some roles allowed the company to re-think its strategy and devolve more responsibility to its Galway operation sooner than planned and more business functions will follow.”

John McArdle

VP Worldwide Sales, Channel Mechanics

Galway and the West region have been continuously endorsed by global brands in Life Sciences, Software Development, Telecommunications and the Games industries. These knowledge-intensive companies are drawn to the area due to the skilled, multilingual workforce and local expertise in Business, Science, Engineering and Management.
Galway is a global centre of excellence for medical technology companies, IT services and the Marine with a vibrant and growing start-up infrastructure. Long-established multi-nationals have benefitted from the dedication and creativity of Galway’s ambitious workforce. Relationships have been built with the educational institutions, local government and state agencies bringing a strong sense of collaboration which benefits the entire community. Newer companies are attracted by the talent pool, accessibility and lifestyle.
Galway is becoming a major technology hub with companies such as Fidelity, SAP, EA Games, Valeo, Aspect Software, Cisco and HPE and the INSIGHT Research Institute at NUIG. In Galway there are over 35 multi-nationals Technology companies employing over 5,500 people across a range of functions such as Development, Multilingual Tech & Customer Support, Inside Sales etc.

SUCCESS STORIES

A spirit of collaboration

Tony Neary
VP & General Manager, Medtronic

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From Here Your Business Can
Grow Anywhere

Galway is unique. In 1919 the first trans-Atlantic flight landed in Connemara near the Marconi wireless station which had been built twelve years earlier. Air travel and wireless communications: two of the biggest influences on the way we do business today. Both had their first European land fall in Galway.

Global companies can achieve more thanks to Galway’s pool of talent

Perched on the edge of the Atlantic, Galway acted as a bridge between Europe and North America in the 20th Century and there are many more compelling reasons for locating a business here today.

Galway and the West region have been continuously endorsed by global brands in Life Sciences, Software Development, Telecommunications and the Games industries.

These knowledge-intensive companies are drawn to the area due to the skilled, multilingual workforce and local expertise in Business, Science, Engineering and Management.

Galway is a global centre of excellence for medical technology companies, IT services and the Marine with a vibrant and growing start-up infrastructure.

Long-established multi-nationals have benefitted from the dedication and creativity of Galway’s ambitious workforce. Relationships have been built with the educational institutions, local government and state agencies bringing a strong sense of collaboration which benefits the entire community. Newer companies are attracted by the talent pool, accessibility and lifestyle.

In 2016 Galway was the third most popular county for start-ups with just over 1,000 new businesses registered during the year.

Several new co-working and incubation spaces have opened since then in the city including the Galway Chamber-backed Porter Shed in the Galway City Innovation District (GCID).

These join well-established facilities like Galway Technology Centre, Innovation Hub at GMIT, SCCUL Enterprise Centre, and Ignite Business Innovation Centre at NUIG

Industry & academia combine to make Galway a Global R&D Hub

26k

3rd Level Students

25%

Population with a third level education

2,229

Science, Engineering & Technology Professionals

2,466

Creative Companies

SUCCESS STORIES

An opportunity for us to stand out from the crowd

John McCardle,
VP Worldwide Sales, Channel Mechanics

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Galway is gearing up for further expansion.

Galway is well served with rail services and the expanding motorway network allows speedy, comfortable access to Dublin, Limerick, Shannon and further afield.

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