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Cork Cluster Mapping

European Technology Cluster – it@cork

European Tech Cluster - it@cork is a leading not-for-profit independent business organisation, representing the interests of the IT industry in Ireland. It is a unique blend of indigenous and international IT professionals, executives, multinationals, government leaders, public sector and academia. It currently represents over 300 member companies with over 30,000 employees.


V-lINC Analysis Results:

  • Companies: 16 (SMEs = 10, MNCs = 6)
  • Interviews: 47
  • Individual Linkages: 571
  • Employment Range: Small (<50) to Large (250+).


Summary Statistics:


Local Linkages – it@cork:


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  • The Cork ICT sector is strongly connected locally. There are strong local linkages with industry associations (it@cork and Cork Chamber of Commerce), research and development (CIT, UCC, Tyndall and NIMBUS), training linkages and local specialist services. Overall 34% of the 571 linkages recorded are local i.e. within County Cork.
  • Strong competition and co-operation locally are said to be key drivers of clusters, yet 90% of local industry peer linkages are reported as having low or tenuous perceived significance.
  • Over 60% of R&D linkages occur in Ireland, the vast majority of which are with academia (Universities, IOTs or Research Institutes) which highlights a lack of co-operative R&D projects among ICT firms locally and nationally.
  • There is a highway of linkages connecting Cork and Dublin, composed predominantly of Government Agency, Specialist Service and Training linkages.
  • 69% of specialist service linkages occur within Ireland. The results note the importance of Specialist Services to respondents who continue to source services in Ireland in the face of competition from international sources.
  • The Cork ICT sector has well developed linkages across Europe, partly due to the EMEA headquarters of MNC respondents being located in Cork.
  • Cork ICT companies are export focused. MNCs main market, by frequency and importance of linkages is Europe; SMEs rely more on the domestic market (44% of outputs) and thus opportunities for internationalisation exist.
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