Approximately 10,000 jobs were created last year by Enterprise Ireland client companies last year, making it the best performance by Irish exporting companies in several decades.

According to Enterprise Ireland end of year statement, which is due to be published today, sees more than 192,000 people are now employed at Enterprise Ireland-backed firms.

Enterprise Ireland has invested in 196 seed stage investments since 2010, according to PitchBook, a leading VC and private equity investment platform, which is regularly used by over 70,000 professionals to profile start-ups. This places the organisation ahead of well-known venture capital (VC) firms such as Andreessen Horowitz and Google Ventures.

The majority of the firms backed by Enterprise Ireland were in areas such as software and services, cleantech, engineering, medical devices and pharmaceuticals.

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