March 1st 2022

Abodoo Limited becomes the first Irish company to be chosen by the European Commission for its Start-Up Villages Initiative

Abodoo today announced that after a rigorous application and selection process, they have become the first Irish company to be chosen by the European Commission to work alongside small villages in mapping skills and talent in their regions; the ultimate goal being to encourage the regeneration of small villages and towns across the European Union.

Abodoo will work alongside an initial 24 villages in 2022 helping them to attract remote workers, investment and sustainable jobs in this new world of work and opportunity. This will involve not only skills and talent mapping but Abodoo will also work with each of the villages to promote regional rebalancing, retain and attract skills and help each of these rural areas reach their full potential whilst also aligning with the concepts supported by the European Commission.

The opportunity to work with small villages comes in the form of a pledge – a commitment provided by Abodoo that eliminates many of the barriers which have traditionally been in place for small villages when looking at rural regeneration. All European villages will have the chance to work with Abodoo should they meet the criteria set out by the European Commission.

Vanessa Tierney, CEO and Co-founder of Abodoo stated at today’s announcement that “we are so delighted to have been chosen by the European Commission as one of the pledges for their Start-Up Village initiative. This is testament to the belief they have in us and the solutions we provide. It has been a long journey to get here and I would like to say a special thank you to all those who supported us over the past 18 months. We cannot wait to get started!”

It was on 30 June 2021, that the European Commission set out their long-term vision for the EU’s rural areas over the next two decades. It identified a number of areas of action towards stronger, connected, resilient and prosperous rural areas and communities by 2040

Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth commented at the time “I see the pledges as a main channel to gather commitment from public and especially from private organizations for Start-up Villages. They will be important to build a real long-term vision for rural areas, anchored in the territories.”

Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President for Demography and Democracy, European Commission also added, “It is a reflection of the importance that the Commission attaches to supporting rural areas, because it is in rural areas that the demographic transition is most visible. Through the Start-up Village Forum we want the best and brightest of Europe to remain in these and contribute to building prosperity as they grow their start-up companies to real long term drivers of our economy, all while using the natural potential of Europe’s rural areas.”

Further information on the European Commission’s Start-Up Village initiative is available at

More information on Abodoo’s pledge to Europe’s small villages is available here

Further information on Abodoo is available at

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