Why Galway

In Medieval Times, Galway served as a centre of commerce and ever since then, a deep spirit of enterprise has permeated its culture.

In recent years this has been nurtured by the close collaboration between Galway Chamber, NUI Galway, GMIT, WestBIC, the Local Enterprise Office as well as regional and national development agencies.

Start Ups

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), SuperPixel Labs, Startlab and WorkBench. These join well-established facilities like Galway Technology Centre, Innovation Hub at GMIT, SCCUL Enterprise Centre, StartX6 and Ignite Business Innovation Centre at NUIG

Galway Chamber intends to expand the footprint of the GCID in the city as well as launch similar initiatives in the surrounding towns which would complement centres such as The Hub in Headford and The Burren Enterprise Centre.

State Enterprise

Galway’s Local Enterprise Office is very active in support of start-ups offering a range of development courses, mentoring and funding to support embryonic companies.

Enterprise Ireland’s New Frontiers programme offers early-stage funding opportunities and Údarás na Gaeltachta is very active in job creation in the Irish-speaking areas of the region.

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

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


“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

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