Ireland

Mid-East Region

Activation Phase

An exciting vision is emerging in the Mid-East region in creative industries, Agtech, and a network of innovation spaces. This bottom up regional development approach ensures the region is poised for significant growth.

Michael Brougham, PhD
Regional Director at Enterprise Ireland

Sub-sector Strengths

Agtech & New Food

Ireland’s food industry is projected to be worth $21.6 billion by 2025 and currently represents 12.3 percent of the country’s total export revenue. The Boyne Valley Food Innovation District (BVFID), centred in the Mid-East Region, acts as a base for some of Ireland’s leading indigenous and high-growth food businesses such as Dawn Farms, Kerry Foods, and Epicom. These three companies have each made recent significant investments in their R&D capabilities, including a $28.3 million investment by Dawn Farms into its Meat Science & Innovation Centre in Naas. BVFID was recently awarded $1.7 million by the Regional Enterprise Development Fund to support indigenous food companies and enable them to scale globally.

Why you should invest in Mid-East Region

SOFTWARE STARTUP OUTPUT
<100
GLOBAL AVG.
1,010
ECOSYSTEM VALUE
$150 m
GLOBAL AVG.
$5 bn
Top 20 Global Ecosystem
Affordable Talent
5
Exit Growth
INDEX
4
Output Growth
INDEX
5
Funding Growth
INDEX

Reasons to move your startup to Mid-East Region

EARLY-STAGE FUNDING PER STARTUP
$111 k
GLOBAL AVG.
$284 k
TOTAL EARLY-STAGE FUNDING
<$50 m
GLOBAL AVG.
$837 m
SOFTWARE ENGINEER SALARY
$44.6 k
GLOBAL AVG.
$58.3 k

R&D tax credits

Research-intensive startups can take advantage of tax credits at 25 percent of qualifying R&D costs.

Attractive tax rates

At 12.5 percent, Ireland’s corporate tax rate is one of the lowest in Europe.

Low cost

Cost savings continue with $44,583 as the average cost of a software engineer — lower than Western Europe counterparts.

Startup Community

Startup Genome
Partners & Members

Meath Enterprise Centre
Boyne Valley Food Hub
Arklow Enterprise Centre
Athy Enterprise Centre
Clane Project Centre
Kells Tech Hub
Maynooth Works
Wicklow Enterprise Centre
Kells Enterprise & Technology Centre
PFS Accelerator
EO Accelerator Ireland
Meath County Council
Meath Local Enterprise Office
Meath County Chamber
Louth-Meath Education & Training Board
Maynooth University
Kildare Chamber of Commerce
Kildare County Council
Kildare Local Enterprise Office
Kildare-Wicklow Education & Training Board
Wicklow Chamber of Commerce
Wicklow County Council
Wicklow Local Enterprise Office
Enterprise Ireland
Mid-East Regional Skills Forum
Mid-East Action Plan for Jobs Committee
Industrial Development Authority - IDA
Media Ireland

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Michael Brougham
Regional Director for the Mideast and the Midlands region of Ireland
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