The Silicon Valley, California-based Irish Technology Leadership Group launched a New York-based east coast chapter recently at a gathering in Manhattan hosted by Irish Consul General, Noel Kilkenny.
The event was attended by ITLG chairman and former chairman of Intel, Dr. Craig Barrett, ITLG founder and president John Hartnett, as well as well as a number of other prominent Irish American business leaders.
The opening of the New York chapter of the Irish Technology was a major milestone in the organization's ongoingcommitment to promote the technology connection between Ireland and Silicon Valley, the ITLG said in a statement.
"The move was also designed to help Ireland address the challenges of embracing new technology opportunities and continues the momentum of the program's expansion since its inception in 2007," the statement added.
Over the past year, ITLG has provided mentorship, support and investment for many Irish startup companies, grown its business diaspora network to over 2,000 members globally and facilitated inward investment by U.S. multinational companies to Ireland to mutually benefit the economies of Ireland and the United States," the statement said.
"While we are extremely proud to be headquartered in Silicon Valley, the epicenter of the technology industry and home to some of the world's largest corporations like Intel, Cisco, Apple and Google, it's also important for us to have a presence on the east coast in New York and other technology hubs, including Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago and Atlanta," said John Hartnett.
"The ITLG has gained a significant amount of traction in Silicon Valley, and the more chapters we can open, the more support we can provide to growing Irish companies," he said.
Established in 2007, the ITLG is a group of executives and technology leaders in Silicon Valley who are Irish or Irish American, each of whom are committed to helping Irish start-up companies. More information about the ITLG is available at www.itlg.org.