Emerald Valley headed by Nichola Bates in Newry, is on a mission!
This mission is to create something different in the already burgeoning enterprise Irish technology
scene. through hard work and determination she has opened a centre in Newry to help those new
companies benefit from location, skills pool and investment all in one place.
As their website states
' Emerald-Valley is about nurturing, encouraging and growing the entrepreneurs of tomorrow while
helping indigenous companies expand and export beyond our shores. Emerald-Valley is putting
ideas into action, creating a space where like-minded people can achieve their full potential
through hard work, networking, passion and creativity.'
Emerald Valley now welcomes its first occupants to its centre.
'Business Driven Change (BDC) provide consulting services in business & IT change and have
done so for over 5 years. Some of their clients include the big 5 consulting firms such as
Cap Gemini along with outsourcing organisations such as T-systems & BT and Orange.
Building from a base in London, the company has recently expanded to the west coast of
the US providing advice to the VC and PE communities on the innovation aspects of their
BDC last autumn announced the entry into Northern Ireland, primarily to benefit from the
talent pool available and the advantageous grant system that the government is
promoting for companies wanting to start-up.
Of the decision, CEO Mark Rothwell-Brooks said :
"To complement the innovation appetite we have for our business coupled with the desire
to progress, complete and take to market products that will complement our consulting
services, the group have decided to invest in resources in this geography by partnering
with Emerald Valley. We have an aggressive strategy of being activily involved in 20
start-ups within a 3 year period and the Emerald Valley folks are an ideal partner to
help us achieve this.
www.AwayOnBiz.biz is the first such investment and is the essential app for the
business traveller - no longer will your mobile ring tone volunteer the fact that you
are out of the country. The AwayOnBiz application lets you control where you appear
to be by letting you choose the ringtone that is heard when your mobile phone is called.
2 other ventures are in the final process of being launched with an announcement due at
the beginning of February. Although based in Northern Ireland, these are pan-european
in nature and we will be hiring locally with language skills.
With operations in San Francisco and now Northern Ireland, we can appreciate how similar
the behaviours in people are, in terms of a willingness to take risk, innovate and think
differently. It s a trait that has of late left London; there's a attitude of 'lets just do it' in
Ireland, both north and south of the boarder, a very forward thinking, unstoppable outlook
that is very akin to the American never-lay-down-anything-is-possible mentality"'
Nichola and her team are officially launching at the end of the month, see details here :-
Friday, 13 January 2012
Emerald Valley in Newry welcomes its first companies
Posted by NDI Editor at 11:15