2014 is already shaping up to be a good year for Irish model Emma Jane Power as she celebrates raising €500,000 for her online media hub PR Slides and becomes an Enterprise Ireland High Potential Start-Up company. Emma has taken PR completely online and turned the Irish PR industry on its head by changing how brands interact with the media. Over 800 images from PR Slides are currently being used in press each month resulting in thousands of euro worth of press coverage for their clients.
Enterprise Ireland and Kernel Capital are joining forces with Niall Harbison, Eamon Leonard, Johnny Walker and Julian Kulkarni to invest in the venture.
Emma has had a long relationship with Enterprise-Ireland, starting with the National Entrepreneur Development programme, New Frontiers in 2012.
Welcoming the announcement Michael Moriarty, Head of HPSU Financial & Enterprise Software at Enterprise Ireland, said: ‘PR Slides is exactly the type of innovative export-oriented company that Enterprise Ireland is keen to support. A key element of Enterprise Ireland's strategy is to grow a strong base of competitive indigenous companies who can become ‘best in class’ in their target global markets and thereby drive jobs at home. Enterprise Ireland is working closely with PR Slides and is happy to continue to support the company in its future growth’.
Having grown from a team of one to a team of seven over the last year, PR Slides is hiring again with twenty new positions in the pipeline for 2014 as well as plans to open offices internationally as the service moves into new markets.
According to CEO, Emma: 'This round of investment will help us expand our Irish employee base and bring PR Slides to an international level. Enterprise Ireland have been extremely supportive of this business since the very beginning. We're also thrilled with the level of expertise that Kernel Capital and all of our new investors will bring to PR Slides.'