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Cian Hughes explains why it’s so important for Irish businesses to connect directly with San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

The Silicon Valley and San Francisco environment offers technology start-ups the ideal base, supports and community to scale their business into the US. Irish tech companies scaling into the US need to seriously consider a permanent presence in Silicon Valley or San Francisco. These companies must build lasting business relationships and provide customers, partners and investors with easy and regular access and communication. This positions the company as a local US organisation and gives customers and investors confidence in the company’s commitment to the market. »READ MORE


Business & Finance

Salinas, California (July 9, 2014) – Forbes, in partnership with SVG Partners and The Steinbeck Innovation Cluster, announced today that it will host the “Forbes Reinventing America: The AgTech Summit” in Salinas Valley, California, in July 2015.  This invitation-only event is expected to bring together several hundred of the smartest minds in Silicon Valley and global agriculture in the Salinas Valley to tackle some of the world’s most critical challenges. 

“We are delighted to partner with Forbes to create a global agriculture and technology summit that’s focused on twenty-first-century challenges and opportunities related to food, water, energy and innovation in sustainability,” said John Hartnett, CEO of SVG Partners.


SVG Partners, the Irish Technology Leadership Group’s spin-out venture-capital firm, has taken part in a US$3.2m Series A investment in Posiq, a big-data player focused on helping restaurants and brands build deeper customer relationships.

Silicon Republic

There have been signs for a while that Europe was making serious inroads in Silicon Valley. Barely two months ago, French President Francois Hollande made a stop in San Francisco and announced the opening of the French Tech Hub in the city with much fanfare.

“We can work better as a European group here,” pointed out John Hartnett of SVG Partners and the founder of the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG). His organization is a network of global Irish tech leaders (including former Intel CEO Craig Barrett) whose goal is to foster links between Ireland and Silicon Valley.

Following the mighty tumble taken by the Celtic Tiger in the early 'oughts, John Hartnett , a founder of SVG Partners in Silicon Valley, and Michael Hasenstab , global bonds CIO at Franklin Templeton, saw opportunity for Irish entrepreneurship and investment.

SF Chronicle

“AWESOME” was the first word that sprang to mind when Irish-American businessman John Hartnett had a ‘selfie’ taken with Michelle Obama in the White House in advance of St Patrick’s day.

He and his wife Helen were among hundreds of people who watched Taoiseach Enda Kenny present the 44th president of the US with a bowl of shamrock.

Limerick Leader

SVG Partners, the Silicon Valley-based venture-capital firm that emerged from the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG), has gone live with its second venture fund. SVG Venture Fund 1 has a portfolio of 15 companies and has been investing since 2011. Companies include 3D Printing pioneers Mcor Technologies, mobile payments company Flint Mobile, and restaurant loyalty platform Posiq.

Silicon Republic

Perhaps most importantly, the Irish here have established the strongest technology business network of any nation. Founded by John Hartnett and Barry O'Sullivan, the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) in Downtown San Jose connects founders with executives and venture capitalists.


Mercury News - Article by Tom McEnery

IRELAND needs to at least treble its investment in research and development to compete in the world technology market war, former Intel chief executive Craig Barrett has warned.

A MAJOR technology event, which saw hundreds of big decision makers descend on the city has put Limerick on the map as a leader in technology, experts have said.

Hopes are high that the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG)’s annual forum will return to the city in the next few years, after its organisers said Limerick’s offering has “raised the bar” for the whole of the group - which has previously met in San Jose, Santa Clara and Colorado.

Limerick Leader

LIMERICK could be set for a twinning arrangement with a town in California, following the signing of an agreement. The city’s relationship with some of the most influential business executives in the world has been copperfastened following the signing of a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’. Limerick City Hall was packed for the formal signing between the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG), Limerick’s local authorities, the Chamber of Commerce, LIT, Shannon Airport and UL.

Limerick Leader

The chairman of ITLG and former CEO of Intel, Craig Barrett, said that a healthy dose of paranoia about the competition was key to driving a billion-dollar business. Mr Barrett referred to Andy Grove who said: “Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.”

Irish Examiner

Global technology executives continue to gather in Limerick today for the second day of the ITLG Global Technology Leaders Summit and the inaugural ITLG Young Innovators event. The two-day event which kicked off yesterday with the ITLG Young Innovators event at Shannon Airport, as well as the pitch camps sessions at LIT, is led by ITLG chairman and former chairman and CEO of Intel Corp., Craig Barrett and Limerick man John Hartnett, founder and CEO, ITLG.

Business & Finance

The entrepreneurs of today met with the entrepreneurs of tomorrow at a technology jamboree at Shannon airport on January 27, 2014. Six-hundred secondary-school students gathered as part of the Irish Technology Leadership Group’s 2014 Young Innovators’ Event. At the event, Cisco senior vice president and investor from RTÉ’s Dragon Den, Sean O’Sullivan told students: “I have lost hundreds of millions from my mistakes, but it has all worked out and it is fine”. More.

Irish Times

The quality of start-up companies being founded in Ireland is improving every year according to influential investor Richard Moran. Mr Moran, CEO of Accretive Solutions, a venture capitalist firm, heard pitches from a number of Irish companies in the Hartnett Enterprise Centre in LIT as part of the Irish Technology Leadership Group. Mr Moran, who has taken part in the ITLG pitch camp for the last six years, said the work that the colleges and Enterprise Ireland are doing in supporting the growth of entrepreneurship in Ireland is paying off.

Irish Examiner

Sean O’Sullivan is trying to turn Ireland into a world leader in science, technology, engineering and maths by redesigning the education system. The tech entrepreneur and former Dragons’ Den judge has sponsored the Department of Education’s implementation of a new programme, Mathletes, which is a stepping stone to introducing the Khan academy principles to Irish schools.

Irish Examiner

President and Founder of ITLG John Hartnett, discusses the Group’s role in driving investment and technology innovation in Ireland.

RTE Digital

The Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) is a non-profit organisation comprised of global technology leaders who are Irish or Irish-American. The Group includes senior executives from some of the world’s leading corporations, each of whom are committed to promoting the technology connection between Ireland and Silicon Valley, and helping Ireland address the challenges of embracing new technology opportunities.

RTE Digital | Irish Times

Shannon Airport was transformed into a student think-tank today as more than 700 students from all over Ireland gathered to invent solutions for how we will live, work, play, learn, shop and travel in 2064. With support and mentoring from Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) investors, including Irish “Dragons” Barry O’Sullivan, Peter Casey, Gavin Duffy and Sean O’Sullivan, secondary school students competed for an array of the latest technology gadgets and cash prizes.

Limerick Post

The Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) forum aims to help Irish start-up executives meet and collaborate with leading international figures, expand their network and create new business opportunities. Start-ups and entrepreneurs will also have the chance to pitch for investment to Venture Capital firms.

Irish Times

AS some of the world’s leading technology executives prepare to come to Limerick, top businessman John Hartnett has vowed to do everything he can to bring investment here.

Corbally businessman Mr Hartnett is, alongside ex-Intel boss Craig Barrett, founder of the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG).

Limerick Leader

january 24, 2014

Coverage of the annual Silicon Valley Global Technology Forum will be streamed lived by online TV service Aertv.

LIMERICK is set for a major opportunity to impress foreign investors and business leaders at the end of the month when the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) Forum takes place in the city.

Led by ITLG Chairman and Former Chairman and CEO of Intel Corp, Craig Barrett and Limerick man John Hartnett, Founder and CEO, ITLG, the delegation from Silicon Valley will include top executives from the global tech sector including CISCO, Intel, DELL, Disney, AOL and many more.

Limerick Post

The Limerick and Shannon region’s function as a natural gateway for US access to Europe in terms of infrastructure and innovation will be the key talking point of the next annual ITLG Forum in Limerick City at the end of January.

Silicon Republic

Limerick is set to host an international forum of business leaders in technology, intellectual property (IP), entrepreneurship and investment on 27 and 28 January 2014, when the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) Forum takes place there.

Business & Leadership

ITLG Chairman and former Intel CEO Craig Barrett was presented with the 2013 Irish Presidential Distinguished Service Award by President Higgins at a ceremony in Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday evening. Recipients of the Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad are honoured for their distinguished service to the nation in the fields of peace-building, charitable work, business, education and arts culture and sport, among others. The Presidential Awards were established by the Government after the 2011 Global Irish Economic Forum.

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., paid tribute:
“Ireland is fortunate to have ambassadors and advocates of the calibre of Dr. Craig Barrett, whose leadership in the fields of technology and education is second to none.“ - Article - Gallery

DFA Article

Una is one of the most influential women in technology today and The Irish Technology Leadership Group has recognised her as one of the Silicon Valley 50 most influential Irish-American people in the tech world.


Dundalk Democrat

Irish tech executive and Silicon Valley investor John Hartnett is one of three new independent directors appointed to the board of Aer Lingus. Hartnett campaigned hard to see the restoration of direct flights from Dublin to San Francisco next year.


Silicon Republic | Irish Times

Cisco senior vice-president and RTÉ Dragons’ Den investor Barry O’Sullivan has decided to leave the networking equipment maker after 11 years to start his own software company. O’Sullivan is also one of the earliest members of the influential Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG), established by Irish and Irish-American executives in Silicon Valley, Hollywood and Wall Street, who decided to it was time Ireland tapped its diaspora opportunity.


Silicon Republic

On Tuesday 5th November a research paper report and scorecard on Ireland’s suitability as a highly attractive location for hosting digital assets is being launched at the RDS, Dublin.

The report can be downloaded for free at

Co - Hosted by Garry Connolly (GconnTec) and Joan Mulvihill  (Irish Internet Association) with findings presented by Csilla Zsigri, Senior Analyst of 451 Advisors.

This report provides an objective assessment of the attractiveness of Ireland as a hosting destination for digital assets – including data, media, databases, applications and infrastructure services.

Local organisations that have contributed to this report include the Digital Hub, the Irish Internet Association, the IDA, Enterprise Ireland, Microsoft Ireland, Telecity Group, Interxion, Digital Realty, SunGard, Dataplex Ireland and Deri Institute Galway.

Watch Live on Aertv Live on Tuesday 5th November from 16.30pm – 18.00 GMT.

Download your copy of the report from 

Slideshare Presentation Link

This $6 million investment is a Series B round, led by Digicel and SVG and supported by Storm Ventures and True Ventures, which first invested in April 2012. SVG is a Silicon Valley-based investment group co-founded by John Hartnett of the Irish Technology Leadership Group. .

Irish Times
| Silicon Republic | TechCrunch

Sisaf Ltd has secured £500k to carry out clinical trials of its innovative drug carrier system Sisafe. The innovative start-up bio-tech firm, which has premises in Belfast and in Silicon Valley in California, is testing the system out by attempting to tackle the distressing skin condition without adverse effects.

Belfast Telegraph

The Irish Technology Leadership Group is to create a Global Irish Investor Group that will support scaling-up Irish tech companies with capital, expertise and access to global customers. The investors have come together to create a Global Irish Investment Pledge Fund to support Ireland’s start-up ecosystem. Participants will be asked to mentor entrepreneurs, serve on boards, facilitate connections and pledge a capital amount for investment.

Silicon Republic

Ireland needs a more disruptive approach to education with science “woefully underrepresented” in the country, the Global Irish Economic Forum has heard.

Irish Times

Mr Hartnett, who is based in the Silicon Valley, and has seen LIT’s Enterprise Acceleration Centre named in his honour, added: “We should be driving to get at least 200 companies coming in to look at Limerick every year. Dublin is getting the lion’s share of any IDA clients coming into Ireland, and my ambition as a Limerick man is to get our fair share of that.” LIT will play host to the 2014 meeting of the Irish Technology Leadership Group in January next.

Limerick Leader

The Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) and the University of Limerick (UL) have partnered with the Irish Technology Leadership Group to bring the latter’s annual summit to the city. Millions of euro in investments are set to be made at the event, held on January 27 and 28 next using both LIT and UL’s facilities. Speakers will include former chairman and CEO of Intel Corp Craig Barrett, Barry O’Sullivan of Cisco, Castletroy man John Herlihy, of Google, and Rory McInerney of Intel Corporation.

Limerick Leader

Daybreak teams have successfully implemented information technology systems supporting research, development, product launch and commercialisation, finance, human resources, legal, compliance, and corporate executive functions.

Silicon Republic | Irish Times

Technology start-ups seeking potential investment from some of the most skilled and experienced executives in Silicon Valley are being encouraged to pitch at the next ITLG summit, which takes place in Limerick in January.

Silicon Republic | Limerick Post | Limerick Leader

John Hartnett, co-founder and chief executive of the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG), has been based in Silicon Valley for 16 years. “The Valley culture is part of my DNA in terms of the positive experiences I’ve had and the go-for-it attitude,” Hartnett said.

Silicon Republic

Big data is on its way to the dinner table. Silicon Valley executives are for the first time forming agriculture partnerships using the latest sensor and mobile technologies to create “smart farms”.

Financial Times | Tech Hub

Silicon Valley Global Forum &
Technology Leaders Awards 2013

May 14th and 15th, 2013


The Hub - Man on a Mission
Man on a Mission - Forging a special relationship between Ireland and Silicon Valley

The Hub

Riding the tailwinds of the “lean in” movement, Chelsea Clinton and a panel of female tech entrepreneurs urged the Women in the World audience to encourage more girls to study computer science—and take over Silicon Valley.

The Daily Beast

Depending on who you believe, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Lean In’ is either a significant turning point in the feminist debate or a book that presents women with unattainable goals. We asked a group of women (and men) for their verdict on the controversial bestseller. In conversation with Róisín Ingle

Irish Times | Irish Times Magazine

The Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) has launched a new ‘Women in Leadership Group’ to complement its growing network of technology leaders.

Silicon Republic

Silicon Valley Investors urge Entrepreneurs to "Go Big" with Data

Cameo Communications - Print

ITLG - Global Technology Leader Summit - Think Visually Presentation

By Naomi Fein

Silicon minds descend on Cork.

Business Plus - Print

The Real Capital needs real capital to blossom.

Evening Echo - Print

Marathon now open to youth relay teams.

Evening Echo - Special Supplement - Print

Cork welcomes Global Technology Leaders at ITLG Summit.

East Cork Journal - Print

Time for our leaders to do some heavy lifting.

Irish Examiner

Tanaiste in Cork to address IT Summit.

Evening Echo

Technology should be used to improve teaching methods in primary school classrooms, according to the director of the Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN) Seán Cottrell, who was speaking today at the annual summit of the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) in Cork.

Business & Leadership

Fifty companies from around Ireland pitched to leading Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists yesterday and the chance for the 20 best to travel to California to secure funding.

The Irish Technology Leadership Group pitch camp was the speed dating of business finance, with companies forced to condense years of hard work into six-minute presentations.

Irish Examiner

Speaking on the event, chief executive of Magnet Networks Mark Kellett said: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity of introducing such an esteemed panel featuring; EMC, INTEL, Disney, Facebook, Elan and BOI at ITLG. “The aim of the discussion will focus on the challenges of big data, but also on the emergence of mega data, its impact on the cloud and the new employment opportunities it presents for Ireland Inc,” he said.

Irish Times

Cork native Barry O’Sullivan is senior vice-president in charge of tech giant Cisco’s US$2bn a year voice products business. The latest addition to RTÉ’s Dragons’ Den divides his time evenly between Silicon Valley and his home in Galway and returns to Cork this week to join the ITLG ‘Gathering’ in the city. Some of the most prominent Irish and Irish-American executives in Silicon Valley, Hollywood and Wall Street will form their own version of the ‘Gathering’.

Silicon Republic

Gift of Queen's Brack for Visiting IT Experts.

Evening Echo

Top Cork IT Firms being lined up for Visit to Silicon Valley.

Evening Echo | Cork's Top 20

Summit to 'sell' Cork as Ireland's Silicon Valley.

Irish Examiner | Evening Echo

SOME of the biggest names in technology will descend on Cork tomorrow for a summit on the sector and education. The Global Technology Leaders Summit will be streamed live on through AerTV.

The summit will feature some of the best known investors and executives in the business, including the likes of PCH chief executive Liam Casey and James Whelton – the founder of computer coding movement CoderDojo.

A Thousand Welcomes


Innovation Ireland Review



Sunday Independent Business

Venture capitalists and investors from the USA, China and Russia will be reviewing Irish start-ups in Dragons’ Den-style pitch sessions later this month. The event is an integral part of the Irish Technology Leadership Group summit, the first and largest business Gathering event, which will be held Monday, January 21st and Tuesday, January 22nd.

Technology Executives from the U.S., China and Russia are to discuss Cork's growing reputation as a technology capital.

Irish Examiner

Gathering Event Provides Investment Opportunity

East Cork Journal

Can the Salinas Valley connect with Silicon Valley? | Steinbeck Innovation


Irish-based start-ups are being offered the chance to pitch to seasoned investors from the US, China and Russia, as well as RTÉ 'dragons' Barry O’Sullivan and Sean O’Sullivan at the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) annual summit, which takes place in Cork on 21 and 22 January

Silicon Republic


IRELAND'S biggest-ever 'Dragons' Den'-type business pitch session is due to roll out in Cork later this month, with hundreds of Irish start-ups invited to the city to sell their ideas and businesses to global entrepreneurial heavyweights.


Global Technology Leaders Summit in Cork this month signifies first business Gathering event... The first business Gathering event is set to take place in Cork on 21 and 22 January when a number of international investors will convene in Cork for the Global Technology Leaders Summit. An integral part of the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) summit, it will see venture capitalists and investors from the US, China and Russia reviewing Irish start-ups and early stage companies in Dragons' Den style pitch sessions.

Business & Leadership


Cork tech cluster has major plans for development of ICT sector

IT@Cork has already had success in attracting interest for the ICT sector in Cork through the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) Silicon Valley, which will hold its annual summit in Cork in January as part of The Gathering. Business leaders from Europe, China, Russia, India and across the Americas will speak at and attend the event.


West Cork to fore for Gathering.

Southern Star | Mallow Star & Vale Star | Evening Echo