Ulster Bank / IDA Meet Your Neighbours Networking Event - 8th March 2017

Ulster Bank / IDA Meet Your Neighbours Networking Event - 8th March 2017

On the evening of the 8th March 2017, Ulster Bank’s FDI Team and the IDA Emerging Business Team co-hosted another successful “Meet Your Neighbours” Networking Event. These events have been running for over 3 years and this one was held in the lovely surroundings of the Cliff Townhouse, overlooking St. Stephens Green.

As it was also International Women’s Day, it was wonderful to see the ladies in tech out in force. This ensured a strong attendance from the vast number of tech companies in Dublin and beyond. First attendees arrived at 5.30pm. Attendance was at capacity and networking was in full swing by 6pm, over a few beers and canapés. Yvonne Kennedy (Ulster Bank, FDI) commenced proceedings on behalf of Ulster Bank and referenced the tremendous work the IDA does in supporting FDI companies in Ireland. Barry O’Dowd (IDA Emerging Business Team) then hosted a Q & A session with 3 companies who have chosen to locate in Ireland – David Ryan represented Jet.com, Darragh Quinn represented Looker and Patricia Tompkins-DuChene represented Wrike.

These three companies are on an upward global trajectory so it really was fantastic to have the opportunity to observe and learn from their experience. Each speaker gave an insight into their company, how they manage talent acquisition, the challenges and opportunities for their business, as well as their experience locating in Ireland. Overall it was a very positive and encouraging session, with tremendous input from each of speakers.

The event was attended by many other exciting companies, including GoFundMe, Slack, VE Interactive and Asana, and there were lots of business cards exchanged throughout the evening! The night was a great success and this is a testament to the tremendous work of the IDA Emerging Business team. Ulster Bank and the IDA are delighted to continue the “Meet Your Neighbours” tradition and look forward to the summer event, bringing together Dublin’s international business community.



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