The Midlands continues to attracted ICT businesses due to central location and a strong talent pool of ICT graduates, with the sector now prioritised as an area of smart specialistation for the region. Large employers such as Ericsson in Athlone have been joined by a rapidly expanding network of start-ups, bringing innovation across the ICT sector, with particular regional specialist skills in software, cloud and 5G development.
ICT one of 4 priority Industry Clusters for the Midlands in our Regional Enterprise Plan 2024. Centrally located, as Ireland’s most connected region, the Midlands has a thriving ICT sector, attracting global talent to the heart of Ireland, serving global markets and within easy reach of Ireland’s urban centres.
Regional specialities include software, cloud, and automation, with the region becoming Ireland’s epicentre for 5G development.
With clear benefits in terms of quality of life with lower housing and childcare costs, and close proximity to a wealth of natural amenities and a central location means we’re at the heart of the Irish ICT industry.
Leading ICT employers in the region include Ericsson, Zinkworks and Sidero, as well a growing network of fast-growing start-ups, contributing to a vibrant and growing ecosystem. The Midlands ICT cluster sees industry of all scales joining with public and academic sectors for a triple-helix approach to the development of the ICT sector in the region. The aim of the cluster is to develop the regional ICT industry through increased cooperation in research, development, funding and education to ensure continued success for ICT in the Midlands Region.
The Midlands region is centrally located in the heart of Ireland, and is Ireland’s most connected region, bordering 5 of the 7 other regions in the country. The central location is serviced by a network of Motorways and Rail lines, meaning access to airports, coastal cities and ports are typically within an hour of the key regional urban centres.
Learn more about our region and key towns in our profiles below.
The Local Enterprise Offices are your local first-stop shop for seeking information and support on starting or growing a business in the Midlands.
Enterprise Ireland work in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales in global markets.
As Ireland’s inward investment promotion agency, IDA Ireland are a non-commercial, semi-state body promoting foreign direct investment into Ireland.