Digital Hub to expand Dublin campus as demand for start-up space grows

By: January 10, 2014
A key ambition of the council's is to establish mini-councils in schools around Ireland, and  gather the views and opinions of young people across the country, in order to influence and feed back directly to those working within the Irish Government, EU Commission, business and the tech community A key ambition of the council's is to establish mini-councils in schools around Ireland, and gather the views and opinions of young people across the country, in order to influence and feed back directly to those working within the Irish Government, EU Commission, business and the tech community

Twenty-three new companies joined the enterprise cluster at Dublin’s Digital Hub over the past year, said the agency in its end of year statement. The agency also said it plans, in 2014, to increase the number of desks and offices it makes available to start-ups due to “ever increasing” demand from firms looking to locate there.

The new firms in 2013 bring “the total number of enterprises at The Digital Hub to 70,” says Edel Flynn, chief executive officer of the Digital Hub Development Agency. “Collectively, these companies employ over 900 people.”

Irish companies that joined in 2013 include digital news site Silicon Republic, social gaming firm Bull or Bear; and Sonru, an online video interviews and screening company.

International firms include e-commerce crafts brand Etsy and software enterprise eMaint as well as Health XL – a global digital health network involving Silicon Valley Bank, Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM and others.

“Since the project was established 10 years ago, over 170 companies have progressed through The Digital Hub, and these generated more than 2,000 jobs during their time at the Hub. Our alumni includes the likes of Daft.ie, Havok, Houghton Mifflin (Riverdeep), Amazon, Kavaleer and Gala Networks Europe,” says Flynn.

A video showcasing some of the highlights of 2013 at The Digital Hub is available to view here.