Dublin is home to some of the most innovative companies in the world, with the likes of Google, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn located here. Within the quarter known as ‘Silicon Docks’, innovation and creativity abound with a mixture of global technology companies, startups and venture capitalists. However, the entrepreneurial spirit is not confined to one area. You will now find approximately 1,500 startups all working on the next big idea.

Smart Dublin

Smart Dublin is an initiative of the four Dublin Local Authorities to engage with smart technology providers, researchers and citizens to solve city challenges and improve city life. It was launched in March 2016. Dublin has all the right ingredients to become one of Europe’s leading Smart Cities: multinationals, SMEs, research institutions, city and state agencies and citizen/community groups, who are committed and excited to support Smart Dublin’s vision. The key objectives are: Provide Better Services – To develop, drive and facilitate public services which are bett

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Startup Ecosystem

For a city of its size, Dublin boasts a significant number of innovation centres, business accelerators and startup incubators. These all offer a wide range of support and guidance, helping entrepreneurs to realise their ideas and develop their business. For a comprehensive list please visit Map of Ireland’s Startup Sector and check out Dublin’s list of innovation centres, business accelerators and startup incubators.

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Dublin’s transformation into one of the leading startup capitals has been assisted by a progressive attitude within all sectors. We have developed some of Europe’s top innovation centres – such as the award winning NDRC located in the city’s Digital Hub. Meanwhile our main universities and colleges not only provide their own incubation spaces for innovation and talent, they are now increasingly tailoring specific 3rd level courses to develop entrepreneurial skills.

Local Enterprise Office Dublin City and Cloud Picker Coffee

Frank Kavanagh and Peter Sztal from Cloud Picker Coffee discuss their journey since 2013

The ecosystem for entrepreneurship, as set out by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, has identified six crucial inputs for driving enterprise in Ireland. They are identified below and agencies like Local Enterprise Offices are contributing to one or more of these inputs, and each is being addressed via multiple channels.

Ecosystem for Entrepreneurship


GROWN is a tiny Dublin company that prints beautiful simple designs on ethically-sourced, environmentally friendly shirts and t-shirts from a shop on Francis Street in Dublin’s Liberties. Its origins lie in conversations between three friends as they journeyed back and forth between Dublin and the West of Ireland, on swimming, surfing and scuba-diving trips. The ocean-loving friends were Neil McCabe, Stephen O’Reilly and Damien Bligh.  They’d noticed rubbish in the water and on beaches. It made them think about the ecological impact of plastics and modern fabrics, and how we produce and consume everything from food and drink to coffee and clothes. That got them rese

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Zendesk in Dublin

Zendesk, a software as a service (SAAS) company that specialises in helping companies’ customer care operations, announced earlier this year that they will be creating 300 new jobs at their Dublin offices. The company was founded in Copenhagen 10 years ago and has grown massively since then. With six products and over 100,000 customers worldwide, it has come a long way. “The initial concept was making life easier for customer support engineers,” says Colum Twomey, Zendesk Vice President. “We developed a customer support platform, a software as a service product, and that’s where we came from. Since then we’ve developed more products and addressed a broader mark

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Responsible Innovation

Innovation is what has brought the human race as far as it has come… Because of innovation, we have tackled disease; we have navigated the globe by land, sea and air; we have sent men to the moon. Soon we will have driverless cars. Innovation, in many ways, defines us. But it also has its limits and drawbacks. There is an innate impulse to push things as far as they can go. At times you wonder why innovation has taken us in this peculiar direction. What is the need for this device? Why has this phenomenon taken over? This is when innovation becomes irresponsible. That innate drive to push boundaries can have consequences for the environment, commerce and social well-

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We let you know what’s happening right now, and what’s happening next. We document the Dublin tech ecosystem, from the multinationals to the cream of Dublin’s startup crop, and celebrate those virtual Dubliners who serve as our ambassadors across the globe. We are an initiative of the Dublin Startup Commissioner’s Office – like that office, we possess a voice and a sensibility that is entirely independent. We’re taking Dublin tech, innovation and design off the business pages, and into the mainstream. Our currency is creativity, and we’re cashing in big time.



TechIreland started gathering data in May 2016 while still a project of the Dublin Commissioner for Startups office. Now, with its own dedicated team of research analysts, they are tracking over 1200 Irish company profiles and update 200 of them every week.