Through our membership and sponsorship of industry awards and industry events, we provide a modest level of financial support to the local internet community.

We regularly sponsor award ceremonies that celebrate best practice within the Irish internet industry. In 2018, these include the Retail Excellence Awards, the Small Firms Association (SFA) Awards, the BoI Start-up Awards, the Women in Tech Awards and the SME Awards and we are proud to have been the headline sponsor of the Dot IE Net Visionary Awards for the last seven years. We are also always delighted to acknowledge the excellent work undertaken by students when we sponsor the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.

We continue to build and strengthen relationships with key SME and micro-enterprise representative bodies such as the Local Enterprise Offices, Chambers Ireland, the SFA and Startup Ireland. By working with these groups, we can engage with their networks to promote the usage and uptake of .ie domains among their members. In recent years we have also established a presence at a number of industry specific events designed to help and educate Irish SMEs. These events include the Hardware Association of Ireland National Conference, Retail Excellence Retreat, The Construction Summit and the Food & Drinks Conference & Expo.

SME initiatives

In 2011 we launched the OPTIMISE Programme. It is an initiative that empowers small businesses to improve their online presence, hone their digital capabilities and grow their e-commerce sales.  Over the last seven years, we have worked shoulder-to-shoulder with 130 small and micro businesses to plan, develop and implement significant web enhancements and e-commerce capabilities to their existing websites.

In 2017 we revamped OPTIMISE to take a sectoral approach, helping selected enterprises from a particular sector on their digital journeys. Our current partners are the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland and the Hardware Association of Ireland.

Read: The OPTIMISE Programme