Choose New Jersey conducted a multi-city business attraction mission across Ireland this week, to increase economic ties between New Jersey and Ireland.

The business delegation includes nearly 20 representatives from sectors such as finance, education, healthcare and development. The delegation spent Monday 8th July in Dublin, before visiting Cork on Tuesday 9th and Galway on Wednesday 10th.

In Dublin the delegation took part in two roundtable discussions with Irish industry leaders, along with a visit to Health Innovation Hub Ireland, a joint Irish government initiative between the business and health sectors.

In Cork, a formal collaboration between University College Cork (UCC), Rutgers University and their Food Science Programs was announced. The agreement establishes a New Jersey-Ireland AgriFood Innovation Alliance, creating a collaboration between the universities focused on scientific research, education, technology commercialisation, international business attraction, public-private partnerships, mentoring and business incubation

“We are excited to be in Ireland this week for New Jersey’s first of many engagements with our partners in Europe,” said Jose Lozano, President & CEO, Choose New Jersey. “Choose New Jersey is eager to showcase New Jersey’s diverse innovation ecosystem and make the case to the international community why New Jersey is the best choice for doing business.”

Ireland marks Choose New Jersey’s first business and participant led international business attraction mission. Ireland and New Jersey are closely aligned in their strategy to create an innovation economy, and both economies have thriving FinTech, life sciences, medical device and food industry economies.

“New Jersey and Ireland are natural partners, committed to fostering innovation and collaboration to drive economic growth and prosperity. We look forward to a great week as we build upon our relationship and identify new ways to collaborate,” Lozano added.

Ireland is ranked one of the world’s most innovative economies, while New Jersey is cultivating an innovation ecosystem that is supported by higher education and a highly educated workforce.

Ireland is the fourth largest exporter of financial services in the European Union (EU), where more than 250 of the world’s leading financial services firms have operations.  Similarly, New Jersey’s highly educated workforce and strategic location make it the top choice financial services companies.

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