Enterprise Ireland is an economic development agency based in Dublin, Ireland. Established in 1998, Enterprise Ireland is a government organization responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets to help them start, grow, innovate, and win export sales on global markets. The firm provides funding and support for companies from entrepreneurs with business propositions for a high potential start-up through to large companies. The firm also provides funding and support for college based researchers to assist in the development, protection, and transfer of technologies into industry via licensing or spin-out companies. The assets of the agency are governed by the board of directors.