Irish ‘Gateway to Europe’ event at the Silicon Valley Bank

Celebrated Irish broadcaster and rugby commentator, George Hook, his to be the official ambassador for the ‘Ireland, Gateway to Europe’ event which is scheduled to take place next month at the Silicon Valley Bank in California. The event is specifically aimed at encouraging business executives from the US and North America to invest in Ireland.

The event entitled Ireland, Gateway to Europe will take place on the 4th April and is exclusively funded by the private sector with each of the participants financing their own attendance at the gathering. The tech summit will allow Irish business leaders to meet their North American counterparts in Silicon Valley Bank, San Francisco, California.

Ireland Tech Summit in Silicon Valley, California.

Ireland Tech Summit in Silicon Valley, California.

Ireland, Gateway to Europe is the country’s largest private industry promoted Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) initiative. The not-for-profit summit is collaborative initiative to encourage US-based founders and business decision makers to consider the option of utilising Ireland as a base to expand their organisation into the European market or globally.

The summit has proved to be immensely popular over the years with almost 750 investors from the US having previously attended ‘The Ireland, Gateway To Europe’ events. It is anticipated that approximately 600 attendees are expected at this year’s gathering.

Previous events have attracted a number of eminent speakers from tech industry including CA Technologies, LogMeIn, Microsoft, , Guidewire and HubSpot. This year’s The Ireland, Gateway To Europe’ event will feature speakers from Silicon Valley Bank, Nitro, Irish Development Authority among others, to share their story of setting up in Ireland.

“George is a champion of our great nation – whether it is sport or business, and he believes that Ireland remains one of the best places in the world to do business,” said Ireland, Gateway to Europe co-founder Adrian McGennis.

“The vision of our mission is to encourage and educate US companies who are looking to expand into Europe to choose Ireland as their location of choice.

“We aim to supply the necessary information, build trust and provide contacts in Ireland for these companies to execute their plans. Having George come along to speak to attendees as passionately as he does is of huge benefit to us.”

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