Company previously backed by Government achieves 1,000,000 customers after150 days
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton today (Monday),
officially opened the new expanded offices of SkillPages, a high-growth
Irish social networking company which has achieved a million members after
150 days, to meet its founders and discuss the environment for tech
start-ups in Ireland.
The company, founded in 2010, has offices in Dublin and Silicon Valley. It
is a professional social network which attempts to bring together people
looking for skills with people who have those skills. It has received
support from Enterprise Ireland and some of its innovative ideas have
derived from academic research in CLARITY, a research centre in UCD funded
by Science Foundation Ireland.
The Minister commented:
“I am determined that, in order to get jobs and the economy growing again,
we must dramatically change the type of economy we have in Ireland. Where
once we depended on speculation, we must now rely on innovation as the
basis of future growth.
“This weekend I returned from a week-long trade mission to Silicon Valley,
where I saw first hand the highly innovative companies which are driving
spectacular growth in the global technology boom. We in Ireland must not
only build on our traditional strengths to attract more of these companies
here, but also learn from the highly innovative companies we already have
here to drive a generation of Irish start-ups.
“Today I am delighted to see in SkillPages the great success that can come
from a combination of government support, partnership with universities,
and innovative people.
“I will be listening closely to hear what more government can do to support
start-up companies like this to ensure that home-grown innovation can drive
a generation of start-up companies and get jobs and the economy growing