Limerick businessman sets up expatriate group

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

CLARINA-born businessman John Hartnett has announced a means of support for Irish firms Stateside.

CLARINA-born businessman John Hartnett has announced a means of support for Irish firms Stateside.

Mr Hartnett met US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, when he announced the launch of a Silicon Valley base for the International Diaspora Engagement Alliance (IDEA) group.

This exists to foster entrepreneurship, volunteerism, and social innovation in a bid to support economic and social development.

Mr Hartnett has already founded the Irish Technology Leadership Group, which has a similar purpose to this new group.

He is also a major funder of LIT’s Enterprise Acceleration Centre which was renamed in his honour last year.

Mr Hartnett said: “The Silicon Valley continues to be the number one destination for global entrepreneurs from around the world and it is an integral part of the U.S. strategy to unite the global Diaspora.”

The Global Diaspora Forum is an annual celebration of America’s foreign communities.

It challenges expatriate communities to forge partnerships with the private sector, civil society, and public institutions in order to make their engagements with their countries of origin or ancestry effective, scalable, and sustainable.

The theme for the forum was Moving Forward by Giving Back.”

It focused on how new technology can increase volunteerism and social innovation.