Not only does Ireland’s unique strategic location make it the perfect gateway to Europe and the US, it has also been ranked the best country in Europe for startups by smallbusinessprices.co.uk. In Dublin, you will have access to a young, diverse, highly educated and highly skilled workforce, both Irish and International, who enjoy a great quality of life. Dublin is particularly well set-up for start-up businesses, with many supports both financial and non-financial in place, especially for those introducing a new or innovative product or service to international markets.
Give your start-up a head-start with accelerators and incubators
Dublin is acknowledged as being home to some of the best accelerator and incubator programmes in Europe. These enable entrepreneurs to meet with like-minded people and provide the structure, skills, investment and support they need to prove, launch and scale-up their businesses.
Accelerator programmes give developing companies access to industry-specific mentors, potential investors and other supports that will help them to build their start-up. One of Dublin’s most well-known accelerators is NDRC, based in the Liberties area of the city. NDRC invests in technology-based start-ups, provides finance as well as intensive mentoring to help businesses grow and prepare for next stage investment.
Incubators are typically geared to supporting start-ups, providing shared office facilities, networking opportunities, mentoring and sometimes access to seed capital. The Guinness Enterprise Centre, also based in the Liberties area of the city, was named No 1 Business Incubator in the World (Collaborating with Universities) at the World Incubation Summit in Toronto in February 2018. It is well-established, managed by Dublin Business Innovation Centre and attracts both Irish-owned and international startups.
Dublin’s leading accelerators and incubators include:
- University & College Incubation Centres
- Nova UCD – University College Dublin
- Invent Centre DCU – Dublin City University
- Trinity Technology and Enterprise Campus – Trinity College Dublin
- Launchbox – Trinity College Dublin
- Learning & Innovation Centre (LINC) – Blanchardstown Institute of Technology
- TU Dublin Incubation Centre – Grangegorman Lower, Dublin 7
- The Media Cube – Institute of Art, Design and Technology Dun Laoghaire
- Synergy Centre – Institute of Technology Tallaght
- NCI Business Incubation Centre – National College of Ireland
- Origin8 – NCAD
- Accelerators & Incubators
Dublin’s start-up ecosystem has a reputation for being diverse, welcoming and accessible. Whether you’re looking for funding and investment, supports or just to connect with like-minded startups – as well as more experienced entrepreneurs – we’ve got you covered. Local Enterprise Offices (LEO) The LEO network is the first stop for anyone seeking information and support for starting a business in Dublin. There are four dedicated LEO teams, one based in each of the region’s four local authority areas: Dublin City,
Coworking has really taken off in Dublin, establishing a new kind of workspace for start-ups. You’re not just a tenant in a coworking space. Instead, you’re a member of a collective, an active component of a community comprising like-minded creators, innovators and entrepreneurs. Coworking spaces tend to be in cool, contemporary, aesthetically pleasing buildings. But it’s their relative affordability that makes them so attractive – with a desk space in a fully serviced, centrally located building from only two or three hundred euro a month, and some offering pay-as-you-go and hourly pricing plans.