Two Irish tech clusters are merging to boost innovation in the South West


The new Tech Industry Alliance was announced at the 2022 Leaders Awards, which recognized Poppulo, VMware, Keelvar and more.

Two of the Southwest’s tech clusters have merged into a single entity to better represent the interests of the region’s growing tech sector.

[email protected] and KerrySciTech have merged to form the Tech Industry Alliance, with a combined membership of nearly 300 companies. This makes the new entity one of the largest member-led technology clusters in Ireland.

The organizations signed a detailed memorandum of understanding earlier this year to formalize their collaboration.

“Our mission is to highlight technological, business and innovative contributions to the South West,” said Gillian Bergin, President of [email protected]

“Under our new name, Tech Industry Alliance, we will leverage our collective knowledge, experience and networks for the benefit of our members.”

2022 Leaders Awards Winners

The announcement was made tonight (November 4) at the Leaders Awards 2022, which were hosted by the two tech clusters at Cork’s Rochestown Park Hotel.

These awards aim to recognize innovation, growth and impact in the South West region’s technology sector.

Andrew O’Shaughnessy, founder of Poppulo, was named Tech Person of the Year. He has been recognized for his work scaling up the Cork-based communications software company, which merged with American company Four Winds Interactive last year in a deal that valued that combined company at $1 billion.

St Vincent’s Secondary School won the Excellence in Education Award for its work in developing the computer skills of students and teachers. The school received €5,000 to promote STEM activities within their school, sponsored by Trend Micro.

The Diversity, Inclusion and Social Impact Award was presented to VMware in recognition of the company’s various education, training and awareness initiatives.

The Tech Scale-Up of the Year award went to Keelvar. The former Start-up of the week raised $24 million in a Series B round earlier this year to accelerate its growth in the United States and expand its supply chain software.

Other winners included growing regtech start-up Valid8Mewhich received the Tech Start-Up of the Year award, while Dairymaster was recognized as the Multinational of the Year.

The Smart Technology Innovation award went to ICBF, while the [email protected] Skillnet Best Workplaces award went to Enercon.

KerrySciTech President Manjit Gill said the event was a “resounding endorsement of the diversity, passion and resilience” of those working in the tech industry.

“Under our new combined brand, we look forward to a bright future, working together to drive innovation and growth across the region,” added Gill.

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