Mark Rodgers, chair of the IIA International Strategy Working Group and Director of Cipherion was a guest on yesterday’s Sunday Business Show presented by Conall Ó Móráin. You can listen to all of yesterday’s show on the Sunday Business Show site or you can subscribe in iTunes. It’s a show filled with many gems so I would recommend it.
Here is the excerpt with Mark speaking with Conall Ó Móráin about internationalising your business online.
Expo dates: 13th -16th April 2010
Venue of IRISH PAVILION; Hall 3F HONG KONG Convention & Exhibition Centre , Hong Kong
Organisers; The Irish Exporters Association , supported by Hong Kong Trade Development corporation and Enterprise Ireland.
The ICT EXPO is an annual event and is one of the most important platforms for ICT players from all over the world to network, make potential business contacts and explore market opportunities in the Greater China region. It is a "one-stop" shop for software, internet, electronics B2B venue for exhibitors to establish contacts with customers from the region and explore business partnerships with resellers and distributors.
Special Incentive package for Irish Internet Association Members:
This is your opportunity to book a place in the Irish Pavilion at the ICT EXPO 2010! Book now and take advantage of this special incentive package created for IIA Members:
- Complimentary Exhibition Booth presence
- Complimentary Hotel accommodation 1 room per company , for 4 nights
- Complimentary tailor -made one on one business service
- Free listing in Fair catalogue and fair website
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for your booking form today.
BOOKINGS MUST BE MADE WITH IRISH EXPORTERS ASSOCIATION BY 29TH Jan 2010 so contact email@example.com for your booking form today to ensure you meet the deadline.
NB Only fully paid up members of the IIA are eligible for this package so please login and renew before
Internet Growth Acceleration Programme (iGAP) to help Internet Related Companies Win New Business Opportunities
Ireland’s growing number of internet related companies are set to receive a major boost to their growth development prospects with the launch today (Tuesday 29 September 2009) of the Internet Growth Acceleration Programme (iGAP). Developed by Enterprise Ireland in association with the Internet Growth Alliance (a business led initiative supporting the international growth of Irish e-businesses) this new Programme for high potential Internet companies will provide them with the tools and skills to develop and execute aggressive international growth plans and scale their business. Recruitment for the Programme, which starts in November, is now underway.
The focus of the Internet Growth Acceleration Programme is on Internet related companies with global growth potential and the ability to meet critical growth milestones. The Programme design is specifically geared to add significant strategic and business value to companies in both B2B and B2C markets with practical learning modules, support from implementation coaches, access to business advisors and industry networking. Industry experts and experienced Internet entrepreneurs will cover topics including monetizing the business, revenue models, marketing, customer acquisition and retention and preparation for funding – all key elements of a business strategy for growing Internet companies.
Speaking at the launch, Jennifer Condon, Manager of Enterprise Ireland’s Software Division, said:
“Enterprise Ireland’s new Software Strategy, as part of the Government’s Smart Economy blueprint, sets out to develop and grow a thriving set of high-value, innovative, research-intensive Irish Software companies. The aim of the software strategy is to position Ireland’s software industry to maximise its opportunities in the “New Software Economy”. This New Software Economy is driven by the growth of the Internet and changes in the software value chain. It is characterised by user demand for greater flexibility, global delivery and cost effective solutions.
“The Internet is providing opportunities for new business models as seen in Internet based start-ups and new delivery channels such as Software as a Service. These new business models favour flexible, innovative SMEs by giving them access to international markets via the Internet. The Internet Growth Acceleration Programme aims to position Irish Internet related companies to maximise their potential in this new market environment and is specifically designed to address the needs of innovative companies specifically those developing Web 2.0 type applications.”
Speaking on behalf of the Internet Growth Alliance* Colm Lyon, CEO of Realex Payments and founder of the Internet Growth Alliance said:
“The development of the Internet Growth Acceleration Programme is a great example of industry wide collaboration at work. All the stakeholders in the Irish Internet Industry believe in the opportunity and the global potential the internet has to offer Irish businesses. With all the relevant industry associations and some key business advisors working together we see the emergence of a very important building block – the iGAP. This programme will give Irish internet entrepreneurs access to worldwide and local expertise. It is comprehensive, focused and intensive in its construction. In addition it will offer Irish Internet Entrepreneurs the opportunity to meet and get to know many other people in the same industry – both experienced and emerging.
“The business advisors of the Internet Growth Alliance are delighted with the development and look forward to working with both Enterprise Ireland and the participating businesses as we identify and support Irish Internet businesses that will scale globally.”
This programme is a core part of Enterprise Ireland’s recently launched four-year strategy for the Irish software industry, which aims to drive the sector’s revenues to over €2.5bn by 2013 by capitalising on changes in the global software market. Outlining the importance of the Internet sector in this strategy, Jennifer Condon went on to say: “Internet based businesses will form an increasingly significant part of Ireland’s Software sector. Enterprise Ireland is working closely with our industry partners, in particular the Internet Growth Alliance, the Irish Software Association and the Irish Internet Association, to bring about sustainable change and growth in the sector. This programme is one of a number of initiatives to support these Internet companies in their drive to develop their businesses and grow globally.”
More about the Internet Growth Alliance
*The Internet Growth Alliance (www.alliance.ie) was established by a consortium of Irish entrepreneurs in conjunction with the Irish Internet Association, Enterprise Ireland, the Irish Software Association, the Institute of International and European Affairs, Web2 Ireland and the Digital Hub. The mission of the Alliance is to accelerate the development of Irish Internet businesses and the Internet Growth Acceleration Programme is at the core of its strategy.
The IIA International Strategy Working Group will be holding a seminar in the Autumn to help organisations better tap into international revenues using the Internet. In advance of this seminar, called “Growing international revenues using the Internet”, we are looking to identify how we can best meet your areas of interest. It would be great if you could complete our short survey.
Your responses are private and anonymised and will only be used by the IIA and the working group for this purpose.
Check back later in the summer for more details of this event.
The IIA welcomes our newest member Living English. Living English are a language school based in South Dublin who specialize in Work and Travel and Work & Study Programmes for young, adventurous Europeans who would like to come to Ireland with the clear objective of improving their spoken English. While more advanced students can expect to get into the nitty gritty of the lingo they can also expect more novel approaches to language learning through the use of Beatle songs for example. Ther site also includes resources such as language exercises and sample interviews. Now if only I could find something similar to rekindle my French prior to next week’s holidays I would be doing well! They also run EU Placement, a recruitment service which encourages professionals from all over Europe to come and live and work in Ireland.
Straker Software which was set up in 1999 specialises in helping companies build multilingual websites. They are a truly international company with four bases in three continents. I also see from their blog and recent news that they certainly get about having been in as varied places as Atlanta, Berlin, Sydney and California in the last couple of months. They have also recently appointed a business development manager for the Asia Pacific region and have opened an office in San Francisco. Straker Software developed Zoomflex which is a hosted application that simplifies building Adobe Flex applications, significantly reducing development time as well as providing best practice architecture, leaving you free to concentrate on building great Flex rich internet experiences. Straker also have a base in the Kerry Technology Park.
Every once in a while the IIA receive a request from beyond our shores for a visit. Usually it is a technology or business lecturer who is bringing a group of students to Ireland for a few days to see the Tech Tiger in action. While I am flattered on behalf of the IIA that they would like to visit us and learn more about what we do, there isn’t much to see in IIA HQ. Most of our wares are displayed online for obvious reasons. While I am aware that this is also the case for many of our members, some of you might be keen to demo your goods to these international visitors and technologists of the future. Naturally I would prefer to suggest another avenue for these visitors rather than a bald refusal so if you think you would like to forge links with the future of Europe and offer them tea and bickies, please do let me know.
I recall a number of guest lecturers during my undergrad and postgrad days that really made an impression and imparted some pearls of wisdom which I have catalogued for future reference. They are so deeply catalogued however that I can recall none of them for your entertainment edification.