Because of the advancement of high-speed internet, it has become increasingly less-relevant for companies to base themselves in the large capitals of the world. Now, more companies can base themselves in smaller cities like Galway. Companies like Duolong, Netfort, Instillo, Element Wave, Altocloud and Active Mind are just a few of the startups that have made Galway their base to expand their companies. These companies are utilising the cheap renting prices and highly-educated workforce that Galway provides. The possibilities for Galway internships have never looked as good with the wealth and variety of companies for students to choose from when applying.
In Galway, internships and work placements are quite common practice for businesses. The relationship is a symbiotic one that benefits both the student and the business alike. These emerging startups can avail of eager individuals who are willing to learn and adapt quickly. These are qualities that are essential for startups that need to adjust efficiently to markets that are in constant development.
In recent years we have seen an increase in co-working spaces around the city. Startlab, Superpixel Labs, the Portershed, Workbench and the Galway Technology Centre are just a few available at the moment. The co-working office spaces allow for small entrepreneurs and freelance techies and Galway companies to collaborate freely between themselves.
The spaces are backed by organisations such as AIB, Bank of Ireland, NUIG, WestBIC, the Galway Harbour and the Galway Chamber of Commerce. These groups envision an innovation district to be made out of Eyre Square, similar to the Grand Canal Dock in Dublin or Silicon Valley California. With all these things happening in Galway, a qualification from Galway Business School will open up a world of opportunities for the entrepreneurial spirit inside of you.