Galway: The future of Innovation and Job Creation – Galway Tech Sector announce more than 350 new jobs.

Galway: The future of Innovation and Job Creation – Galway Tech Sector announce more than 350 new jobs.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has announced more than 150 new technical roles at its global centre of excellence for the HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform in Galway, a project supported by the Irish government through IDA Ireland.

This project is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.

The new roles are in addition to 150 jobs announced in 2021 in a range of areas including and the Centre of Excellence will recruit across a range of roles including:

  • Cloud native development
  • Architects
  • Software Engineers
  • Project Managers
  • Researchers
  • User Experience Engineers
  • Data Analysts
  • DevSecOps
  • AI Professionals
  • Cyber security
  • Product and program management.

HPE GreenLake supports 27,000 customers globally, powers more than 3.4 million connected devices and manages 20 exabytes of data with customers worldwide.

The team will perform a key role within the newly created hybrid cloud business unit, which comes into effect 1 November 2023.

Led by HPE Chief Technology Officer, Fidelma Russo, a Cork native who started her career as an engineer in Ireland in the 1980s, the business unit will accelerate HPE’s hybrid cloud strategy to deliver one portfolio of storage, software, data, and cloud services on the HPE GreenLake platform.

The new centre of excellence in Galway will help Hewlett Packard Enterprise realise its vision and shape the future experience of the HPE GreenLake platform.  Designing technology and creating innovative applications is part of our heritage and at the heart of what we do at HPE.

This investment will capitalise on the strong pool of technology expertise and engineering talent within Ireland. I’m excited to bring together a diverse team from those starting out in their careers to highly experienced tech professionals who will play a pivotal role in developing our hybrid cloud business.

Michael Lohan, CEO, IDA Ireland said:

HPE has helped to drive the growth of the technology eco-system in the West region through its 50-year history in Ireland and its continued partnership with IDA Ireland.

Today’s investment will support the transformation of the Galway site, diversifying existing operation and adding core competency in edge-to-cloud development.

This strategic investment underscores HPE’s long-term commitment to Ireland and will enable the company to grow the employee base in the West region, diversify its R&D presence, and continue to make positive contributions to the Irish economy.

Separately, medical devices firm Freudenberg Medical, is to create 100 new jobs at its expanded facility in Co Galway.

The move increases the number of staff at its manufacturing plant by a quarter, bringing total staff numbers in Galway to 400 within the next 18 months, the company said in a statement.

The new roles include positions in engineering, research and development, manufacturing operations, quality and support services.

The expansion is a strategic move to meet soaring global demand for the company’s critical metal components used in minimally invasive surgery catheters, it added.

Dr Mark Ostward, CEO Freundenbergy said:

Ireland is of strategic significance within our global network, and we look forward to building on our 25-year history as we strengthen our presence in Ireland.

Meanwhile IT service provider Nostra said it will create 35 jobs at its new office in Ballybrit, County Galway.

The jobs are part of an expansion that will see the Enterprise Ireland-backed firm add 250 more staff across its business in Ireland, the UK, Bulgaria and South Africa.

Welcoming the news, Minister of State, Anne Rabbitte said:

Galway is rapidly becoming a major hub for technology and innovation. In recent years, the city and county have attracted a growing number of tech startups and multinational companies, as well as a talented pool of workers. This has led to Galway being dubbed the “New Silicon Valley” of Europe!

There are a number of factors that have contributed to Galway’s rise as a technology hub.

The city has a strong educational sector with University of Galway and Atlantic Technological University and the ATU Innovation Hubs, leading educators in Ireland, and offering a number of programs in STEM fields.

Galway has a very supportive business environment and the government is committed to attracting and supporting technology companies, and we now have so many organisations that provide resources and support to startups.

The Portershed was set up in 2015 with the aim of transforming Galway into a tech hub where all sorts of start-up ideas could be brought to life.  The PorterShed has hosted and continues to host many amazing companies – both indigenous and multinational – over the years, and are focused on creating high-value sustainable jobs so that those who want to live and work in Galway can do so.

Crew Digital, Ireland’s first Innovation Hub and Business Incubator is focused on accelerating the development of innovative entrepreneurs in the Creative Industries including film, tv, gaming, animation, immersive, virtual production, and creative technologies, are scheduled to open in Q4, 2023.

Galway Technology Centre. Galway Technology Centre was established in 1994 as a Social Enterprise in the wake of the closure of Digital Equipment Corporation [DEC] to ‘encourage and support the development of  the indigenous technology based industry in Galway at the time.

GTC has a reputation for the provision of flexible, high quality, serviced office space with a range of integrated technologies, facilities and supports.

As a social enterprise, GTC has supported 300+ companies, 3000+ jobs, and €1.3bn GVA for the West region over the past 25 years.  The Western Development Commission continue to promote social and economic development in the Western Region.

and she continued:

Grow Remote are on a mission to make good quality job opportunities accessible for everyone regardless of their location and creating a lasting social impact in Ireland helping remote workers, communities and companies thrive and flourish.

Shopify, Glofox, Ebay,AutomatticHubSpot,Liberty Insurance are some companies already on their Employer Partner Programme.

The Laois & Offaly Education and Training Board (LOETB), in collaboration with IDA Ireland, SOLAS, and Grow Remote, have created fully-funded training programmes to develop the skillset required of learners wishing to transition to remote working and a Leading Remote Teams, a comprehensive programme that will equip people managers with everything they need to know to effectively lead their remote teams.

Grow Remote are well and truly established in County Galway with Chapter Leads located in the towns of Ballinasloe, Portumna, Loughrea, Gort and Athenry.  Become a Changemaker or access their Community Playbook simply follow this link Grow Remote Changemaker

and she continued:

COMWORKS, located in the picturesque town of Loughrea, County Galway, stands as a cutting-edge Enterprise Hub and Professional Workspace created for today’s businesses and remote professionals.

They provides high speed internet access, meeting, conference rooms and all associated tools and services necessary to make an ideal work environment.

I watched the development of COMWORKS from seed to reality, the founders steadfast and unwavering, who did not let the limitations of others, limit their vision.

and she continued:

Lastly, Galway is a great place to live and work with a high quality of life, with a vibrant culture, a strong sense of community, and a relatively low cost of living.

The growth of the tech sector in Galway has had a positive impact of our county’s economy.

The sector has created thousands of jobs and has helped to attract new residents to the county.

In addition, the tech sector is helping Galway to become a more globalised county, now home to people from all over the world, and this diversity is helping to create a more vibrant and innovative community.

and she concluded:

Galway’s tech scene, just like freshly baked bread, took time, cultivation, strong loving hands and patience to develop.   It lived, rising and growing to fruition with a strong foundation in education, a supportive business environment, and a great quality of life.  Galway’s success is not random.

It is supported by  prescient, bold, fearless stargazers, who concentrated on small, manageable steps, crossing unimaginable distances to success.

With the continued growth of the tech sector, Galway is poised to become a major player in the global tech scene.