Galway Technology Centre (GTC) has announced a major rebrand and shift in direction, with the launch of its new vision and regional remit as Platform94.
GTC is an enterprise centre for the technology sector in the West, and was founded in 1994 to meet the needs of an emerging cluster of ICT companies outside Dublin.
Unveiled at a ceremony in The Connacht Hotel, in Galway City, this morning (Wednesday), Platform94 will move beyond a physical location in Galway, supporting businesses across the West and delivering scaling expertise for firms in Mayo, Roscommon and Galway.
Platform94 is owned by Galway Chamber and WestBIC and supported by Enterprise Ireland. It aims to help create 505 direct and 323 indirect jobs over the next five years. It is estimated that this will bring a Gross Added Value (GVA) of over €62.4 million to the regional economy, annually. In addition, across the next 15 years – through connecting expanding technology companies globally – the organisation plans to generate 1,535 direct forms of employment and 982 indirect roles, resulting in an estimated GVA impact of over €190 million.
Carrying the tagline ‘Global Ambition, Local Support’, Platform94 will provide leadership and knowledge transfer to scaling companies, enabling them to elevate their business to the next level. In addition, it will drive employment growth in client companies, and advocate ‘Brand West’ as a choice location for investment and clustering.
Platform94 provides a pathway for companies to scale by offering exclusive access to vital connections and expertise. This includes funding support, tech communities, local and global networks, office space, scaling education, and events.