Four Enterprise Ireland companies announce new operations in Australia

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Pictured: John Ryan, Gecko Governance; Andrew Flood, Prodigy Learning; Gerard Franzoni, Webringg; Julie Sinnamon, Enterprise Ireland; An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Frances Fitzgerald; Camilla Bullock, Gecko Governance; Adam Dawson, Poppulo; and Sumeer Pai, Gecko Governance

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19 October 2017 | 0

Four Enterprise Ireland backed companies are to open new offices in Australia. The announcements were made at the Sydney Opera House today, as part of the Enterprise Ireland trade and investment programme to Australia, organised in the context of the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins’ State visit to Australia.

Prodigy Learning, an award-winning edtech business providing digital skills certifications and learning solutions, is to open an office in Sydney. The Irish company also announced its partnership with Microsoft Australia to deliver their digital skills and STEM programmes in education. With existing offices in Dublin and London, this development makes Prodigy the only multi-region global player in its sector and one of Ireland’s leading companies in the fast-growing Education Technology sector. Export is a key driver of the company’s growth, now representing over 70% of the business.

WeBringg, the on-demand crowd sourced delivery service for ecommerce retailers, has opened an office in Brisbane, which will be led by Gerard Franzoni, managing director of WeBringg Australia and New Zealand. During the Enterprise Ireland trade and investment mission, the Irish start-up also announced that it has signed significant deals with Australian partner companies including Super Retail Group, one of the largest retail groups in Australia and WeBringg has become the new logistics arm of Menulog, the largest food ordering platform in Australia.

Gecko Governance, the first RegTech Blockchain solution to allow Fund managers and Banks to monitor and manage their regulation and compliance requirements, also confirmed their expansion into the Asia Pacific market, with the opening of a new office in Sydney, Australia. Gecko Governance’s new Australian presence will facilitate the company to expand into the third largest fund centre in the world and extend the company’s reach beyond EMEA and the US.

Poppulo, an employee communications software company, announced plans for an Australian market to be led by Australian native Adam Dawson.

Julie Sinnamon, Enterprise Ireland CEO, said: “In Ireland and on the ground internationally, Enterprise Ireland is supporting innovative companies like Prodigy Learning, WeBringg, GECKO Governance and Poppulo to expand internationally and achieve their global ambitions. Expanding the Irish export footprint in markets beyond the UK is a key priority, in the context of the UK exit from the European Union and the Asia Pac region delivered double-digit growth for Enterprise Ireland clients in 2016 with an impressive 16% year on year gain, making it the second fastest growing region for Enterprise Ireland backed companies in 2016.”

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