Innovation is happening at Nebraska-based companies, and Ireland wants to be the international springboard to help Nebraska-based companies reach overseas markets. IDA Ireland (, the government agency responsible for promoting investment in Ireland, visited Omaha and Lincoln to celebrate the Aer Lingus College Football Series that took place between Nebraska and Northwestern on August 27. In partnership with the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, IDA met with a diverse range of business leaders to build and establish a growing business connection.

Ireland is impressed by Nebraska’s thriving start-up and technology ecosystem, and IDA Ireland is focused on establishing a strong business connection with Nebraska-based companies and growing its international footprint.

“Ireland and Nebraska have many commonalities—agriculturally strong, growing tech, and a passion for sports!” said Karen Healy, VP of technology and business services of IDA Ireland. “I believe that connections will continue to grow and develop further. Irish Ambassador to the U.S. Dan Mulhall and his delegation visited Nebraska earlier this year. By the game taking place in Ireland, we were lucky to welcome a strong contingent from Nebraska to Ireland. Those professional and personal encounters will help to grow into further engagements and increased awareness of opportunities.”

Ireland continues to be an ideal location for companies seeking to internationalize their operations and has proven a trusted partner to U.S. companies on their investment journeys.
“Supports delivered to U.S.-based businesses on behalf of the Government of Ireland are on a pro-bono and confidential basis,” said Healy. “We provide support on every step of the investment journey, from due diligence to information gathering, discovery visits, and, once set up, we continue to help through practical supports.”

Irelands success is multifaceted, based on a history of consistent industrial policies, available skills, agile workforce, and the benefits of EU membership and its related market access. To learn more about becoming one of the companies across the Midwest that have invested or found opportunities for them in Ireland, go to