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. Niamh Bushnell, the city’s first Start-Up Commissioner, was appointed in 2014 and is responsible for a number of initiatives and activities including the publication, Dublin Globe.
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.
We have 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.
Our main objectives are:
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The Commissioner for Startups plays a leading role in the development of Dublin’s startup community. The commissioner promotes the city as a startup hub, both nationally and internationally, and works to improve the local business ecosystem in order to encourage the growth of startups in Dublin.
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.
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.
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The Office of the Dublin Commissioner for Startups - aka Startup Dublin - is an independent, not for profit organization established in October 2014 to support and promote innovation-led, product-based companies that are born, bred or adopted in Dublin.