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Improv Asylum training offshoot opens in Dublin

Posted by Chad O'Connor  January 16, 2014 06:00 AM

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For those of you who are regular readers of this blog it should come as no surprise that there have been a lot of great pro-business developments in Ireland. I was lucky enough to see it with my own eyes this summer, and it's been previously discussed by my good friend David Gallant during his time there for HubSpot, by Boston University's Art Rosenthal in a post on medtech startups, and by an entire delegation from Leading Cities headed by Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor candidate Mike Lake. So when a release crossed my desk that an Improv Asylum offshoot opened in Dublin, I took notice.

Apparently Improv Asylum has a corporate training and development offshoot called IA Innovation. For many of the same reasons noted in the aforementioned blog posts - lower taxes, convenient gateway to the rest of Europe, agencies like IDA and ConnectIreland that help to navigate the bureaucracy - IA Innovation chose to begin its European expansion from Dublin. Below is the release:

IA Innovation, Inc., a Boston-based corporate training company, has expanded to Ireland as part of the "Succeed in Ireland" initiative, and will serve businesses throughout Europe. Spawned from the success of Improv Asylum, a multi-faceted entertainment company that launched in May of 1998 in Boston’s historic North End, IA Innovation was created to focus on the growing European demand for innovative and effective corporate employee training.

IA Innovation will provide Corporate Leadership and Employee Training programs utilizing a trademarked brand, methodology and approach to European multinational companies. IA Innovation was introduced to Ireland through Connect Ireland, the organization responsible for delivering the Government’s Succeed in Ireland initiative, part of the Action Plan for Jobs and in association with the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and IDA Ireland.

"Connect Ireland would like to congratulate IA Innovation for taking the step to become one of the first companies to establish itself in Ireland under the "Succeed in Ireland" program", said Michael McLoughlin, CEO of Connect Ireland, " With its innovative approach to employee training, IA Innovation will not only create jobs here but will also have a positive impact on the future success of Irish companies so vital to our economy".

"We would like to thank Michael McLoughlin and Connect Ireland for their efforts to embrace new business and job creation in Ireland", said IA Innovation's CEO Chet Harding, " We look forward to working closely with the growing number of IA Innovation clients not only in Ireland but throughout Europe as well".

"Connect Ireland and the ‘Succeed in Ireland’ initiative really made our decision to incorporate here quite easy", added Norm Laviolette, IA Innovation's President, "with that support, we believe our success as an innovative training leader in America will readily translate here in Dublin and beyond, and create a much needed and accessible vehicle to all of our European clients"

IA Innovation will be based in Dublin and managed and operated by partners Chet Harding, Norm Laviolette and Robert Melley. IA Innovation will focus on innovative training methods designed to teach and deliver the tools necessary to become more effective leaders and accountable employees through effective communication, listening, team building skills, and more.

Reading this gave further credence to the post which ran here last week from Phil Budden and Fiona Murray on the international emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship clusters. Dublin, and Ireland on the whole, continues to do an outstanding job at attracting entrepreneurs. Let's hope Greater Boston can take heed of those developments elsewhere.

Chad O’Connor is a communication consultant, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Organizational Communication and Culture at Northeastern University, and is editor of this blog. Connect with him on Twitter @chadoconnor.

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