The startup scene in the adventure capital

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Sligo’s Atlantic coast is a haven for startups and creative freelancers looking to escape the city and achieve the perfect work/life balance. Next week there’ll be a fresh influx of startups, creatives and techies as Surf Summit takes over.

Sligo’s roaring waves and bustling arts scene make for an atmosphere that fosters creativity and entrepreneurship. Ireland’s ‘Adventure Capital’ draws a dynamic mix of people escaping the city. Let’s take a closer look at Sligo’s startups and creative scene:

Sligo’s Startup Scene

Sligo has a number of high-profile indigenous companies making waves in the startup sector. There’s the elite sports data firm Orreco that recently announced a ground-breaking partnership with the IBM Watson; equine biomarker company Stablelab and email-marketing company Infacta. The community is also bolstered by the presence of multinational technology companies like Overstock.com.

Creative Industries

In terms of creative businesses, Sligo is on the crest of a creative wave with a surge of homegrown and imported talent.


No longer a sleepy coastal county, Sligo is host to creatives in a range of industries, including music, photography and film. Perhaps there’s something about the stunning Sligo landscape that boosts creativity. It certainly makes an impressive backdrop, serving as a shooting location for the likes of Jimmy’s Hall and Calvary.

How does the north west coast compare to the east? Find out at Surf Summit.

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