Located in the southwest of Ireland, the country's second city is first in many important respects –  locals cheerfully refer to it as the 'real capital of Ireland'.

Cork features a vibrant startup scene. Before the term was even coined, Cork has been synonymous with entrepreneurship. Generations of Corkonions have shared the proud legacy created by a city and region with a reputation for enterprise and trade, ‘merchant princes’, craftsmanship and manufacturing, culture and learning. The City harbour’s deep water port has meant that Cork has long been a hub of commercial activity, a location and a destination for the sharing of not just goods and services but ideas and new business innovations also.

In today’s highly competitive economic environment, Cork continues to be internationally recognized as a hub for entrepreneurship and business growth, combined with being a great place to live. Cork is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city yet is renowned for its friendliness and quality of life. It is a location of choice for investment, business, entrepreneurial activity and tourism. As such, Cork is home to the European headquarters of many technology giants.

Cork Innovates represents the unity of the city's entrepreneurship ecosystem. Established in 2011, Cork Innovates is a partnership among all ecosystem actors, which offers guidance to support entrepreneurs on all services available in the region, and is driven to ‘offer entrepreneurs globally and locally the best environment to start, grow and stay their business successfully’. This forward-thinking, collaborative approach is embraces the need for different ecosystem actors to think differently, yet act in synergy to enable a smoother path from idea inception to commercialization.


Why Cork? Cork Innovates presents the answer. Click the image to download the PDF presentation (2.5mb)




Tourism information for Cork and surrouding areas. 



Ireland is ideally located on the edge of Europe and is less than one hour from London; two hours from Paris or Brussels and just under six hours from the east coast of USA. Cork, located on Ireland’s south coast is Ireland’s second largest city and the Capital of the province of Munster. Cork Airport is just 10 minutes’ drive from Cork City offering daily departures to a multitude of UK and European destinations, for onward connections if necessary. Cork is also well serviced across road, rail and coach access.

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