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.
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).
IDA Ireland is the agency responsible for the attraction and retention of inward foreign direct investment into Ireland.
Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets.
Galway Convention Bureau offers free and impartial support to meeting planners, associations, and incentive organisers. Their services include venue finding, bid assistance and introductions to local suppliers and business sector leaders.
Galway City Innovation District is a downtown innovation hub that houses high-potential start-ups, scale ups, innovation-driven entrepreneurs, a coworking space, and an open events area for workshops/talks.
Galway Technology Centre was established to encourage and support the development and indigenous technology-based industry in Galway.
Galway Chamber is the premier business organisation in Galway. They work for the interests of businesses, and for the economic development of the City and Region.
Western Development Commission is the Irish government agency established to promote the economic and social development of the Western region.
Atlantic Economic Corridor aims to build and increase collaboration within the AEC that maximises its assets, attracts investment and creates jobs and prosperity in the region.