The IE Domain Registry (IEDR) has announced the names of ten Irish companies who will share its e-commerce website development fund of €100,000. The OPTIMISE fund will be shared equally among the ten recipients, each receiving €10,000 worth of technical and marketing expertise.
A recent IEDR Domain Name Industry Report suggests that just under 14% of Irish businesses have the functionality in place to sell goods and services online. The OPTIMISE fund aims to improve on this statistic by allowing ten Irish companies “to begin the process of transforming their existing online presence into a fully featured, transactional website custom-designed for their business’ needs”. Each company will be given the technical and marketing expertise needed to plan and implement a major store-front upgrade. It’s hoped that this fund will set a precedent for other Irish businesses to follow.
David Curtin, chief executive of the IEDR, stated that they’d received a “terrific response” with over 100 applications being made. David continued,
“Our panel of independent judges has identified ten recipients that IEDR can really help make the transition to e-commerce enabled businesses and we look forward to helping them take this important next step in their development.”
The ten successful applicants are,