The Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan TD, today announced that Tickets.ie, Ireland’s largest independent ticketing company, is to create 20 new high-tech roles in developing a new product which will streamline the sale of tickets for music and sporting events.
Operations for this dynamic business are based in the company’s new software development centre in Dublin city centre as part of a €1.5 million project to run over the next 14 months. The project is supported by grant funding from the Enterprise Ireland Research and Development Fund. The job creation announced will consist of highly skilled positions in software development and related management along with positions in sales, marketing and operations.
“Indigenous Irish companies are a key to a successful economy and Tickets.ie creating 20 new high-tech roles through innovative technology is very welcome news”
Speaking at Tickets.ie headquarters Minister Halligan said “Indigenous Irish companies are a key to a successful economy and Tickets.ie creating 20 new high-tech roles through innovative technology is very welcome news. I want to ensure that companies like tickets.ie are continued to be supported through funding, mentoring and advice. This new progressive and innovative system of how tickets are sold will make for a very bright future for the company. I want to wish all at tickets.ie every success for the future. ”
Enda McDonnell, Enterprise Ireland said: “Enterprise Ireland has been working with tickets.ie since 2013 and seen first-hand how this innovative Irish company has gone from strength-to-strength, growing a strong client base and recruiting people at home. Tickets.ie is a great example of an Irish company with global ambition, competing and winning sustained business and we look forward to continuing to work with them to support this growth, creating and maintaining jobs in Ireland.”
“The project is already underway and we’re looking forward to welcoming 20 new colleagues to the team, which will effectively double our current workforce” commented John O’Neill, CEO of Tickets.ie. “Our observation is that many people who go to entertainment events feel the time is right for a change and this revolutionary product will radically improve how ticketing is setup and run. The grant funding is a very strong vote of confidence from Enterprise Ireland in both the product and our ability to deliver the product, making it a commercial success. This vote of confidence is hugely important to us”.
Tickets.ie has partnered with Microsoft to provide technology and servicing, including hosting of the product on its high capacity Azure cloud platform. The company commissioned Forrester Research to conduct a major market research study to validate the product’s business model and quantify commercial opportunities.
“The project is already underway and we’re looking forward to welcoming 20 new colleagues to the team, which will effectively double our current workforce”
Founded in 2004, Tickets.ie issues 2.7 million tickets annually for thousands of events and many high profile clients including the GAA, Connacht Rugby and The Abbey Theatre and other Irish and international organisations. For the past five years the company has been a top 20 finalist in the Deloitte Fast 50 which show cases Ireland’s leading tech companies and was an Irish Times /Intertrade Ireland Innovation Awards finalist in 2013.