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Why partner with Irish businesses?

Irish businesses are making a global impact, delivering innovative solutions to some of our most pressing challenges.

Europe's fastest growing economy

Irish businesses are globalised, forward-looking and ambitious – their partners benefit from this dynamic approach.

One of the world’s most innovative ecosystems

Irish small and medium businesses are the most innovative in Europe and are supported by a world-class R&D ecosystem.

A global technology centre

Irish companies grow up alongside the biggest names in tech, life sciences and financial services and meet the standards of global leaders.

A culture of entrepreneurship

Irish people are renowned for developing business opportunities worldwide and their ambition means a sharp focus on success.

The Irish Advantage

Innovative, flexible and trusted – Irish companies are delivering competitive advantage in key industries across Africa. Ireland’s uniquely open, fast-moving and collaborative economy has developed businesspeople and companies with an unequalled track record of meeting the needs of global market leaders.

More than 400 Enterprise Ireland client companies are doing business in Sub-Saharan Africa in sectors such as fintech, life sciences, agritech, information and communications technology (ICT), and high-tech construction, among other sectors, and are being supported by the Enterprise Ireland Africa team to expand and enter markets successfully.

Growth has been very strong in recent years, with Irish exports to sub-Saharan Africa growing to well over €500 million. Growth in the key markets of Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya reached 16%, 9% and 7%, respectively, during 2019 against a backdrop of global growth for Irish exports of 6%.

Ireland’s expertise in agritech is particularly relevant to Africa as countries across the continent seek to achieve their stated ambition of becoming self-sufficient in food. Economic and population growth, coupled with increased urbanisation, will make this goal all the more challenging. Irish agritech companies can share their know-how to assist African farmers and food producers to increase yields and move into new product areas.


Why Ireland?

Committed to EU

Ireland is member of the African Development Bank

1st for Flexibility

Most flexible and adaptable workforce in the world

1st for Innovation

Ranked first for innovation among EU SMEs

Second most open economy globally

Exporting to 185 countries in the world.

3rd Most Resilient

Supply chain in the world

10th Most Reputable

Country in the world

Enterprise Ireland works closely with a client base of more than 3,500 highly innovative Irish companies. We can connect African companies with this vast resource of high-tech products, services and expertise and match your needs with Irish partners who can help you achieve your business objectives.

Transforming industries - from fintech to farming

Agritech

Heritage meets innovation in Ireland’s homegrown agritech industry. Cutting-edge Irish companies are leading the way and pioneering global solutions that drive efficiency and growth.

Construction

With world-class construction and engineering expertise, Irish companies have an international reputation for delivering complex projects with a range of innovative technologies.

Medtech

With a uniquely collaborative medtech ecosystem that includes academic support and world-class research centres, Irish companies are well positioned to provide the solutions that healthcare providers need.

Fintech

As a global financial services and technology hub, Ireland is a source of fintech innovation, with the knowledge and expertise that customers need to succeed.

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