Accelerators & Incubators

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.

Funding & Seed Capital

Finding capital to get your business idea off the ground or to further expand your company can be a difficult task. Where do I start? Who do I talk to? How much can I get? These are probably just a few of the questions you will have when you’re looking for funding. Thankfully there’s a range of options available to you in Dublin. As well as opportunities for funding from the likes of LEO’s and Enterprise Ireland there are also funds and competitions aimed at startups and growing businesses. Please see our Business Supports section for more.

Just some of the funds and programmes in Dublin
NDRC Launchpad, NDRC’s Female Founder startup initiative, NDRC VentureLab, Propeller Venture Accelerator programme, Graduate Start Fund, Google Venture’s $100m pot for start-ups, Mastercard’s e-commerce-focused accelerator, NovaUCD, Dogpatch Labs, Startupbootcamp Ireland, Seedcamp, UCD Student Innovation Fund, Dell’s €10m fund for Irish tech startups, Microsoft’s Imagine Cup, The Versari Hub, The SAP Startup Focus Program, Food Acadmey Start Programme, Music Startups backed by Guinness, Optimese e-commerce fund, Origin8 from NCAD, Opel’s Springboard Grad Prog.

Here’s a list of venture capitalists located in Dublin.

Business Networking

Communication is key to success and in Dublin there are plenty of groups and events where you can link-up with like-minded people, discuss your ideas, talk about your business or just listen to people who have been where you are now. Check the StartupDigest for Dublin and Google Meetups for more.

Cutting A Fine Figure

From one chair to three shops – the success of Cut & Sew Barbershop culture is on the rise in Dublin. Barbershops are becoming cultural hotspots. Places you can go not only for a haircut, but for music, design or even a whiskey. By taking the best of New York’s barbershops and adding a touch of creativity and an Irish welcome, Sean Bryan of Cut & Sew has built his business from one chair in the basement of a record shop to three stores in Dublin’s city centre. And he isn’t finished yet. caught up with Sean to see what’s behind his success. Sean left school after

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Creative Dublin: The Design House

Half way down Dawson Street, nestled away in an old Georgian building, is the Design House – a thriving hub of creativity. The Design House was founded by Irish fashion designer, Bebhinn Flood. It’s the creative home to several in-house designers. With design and retail under the one roof, it’s like buying straight from the studios. The hallways host a gallery of art. Over 60 designers, mostly Irish, sell their creations here. Cutting-edge fashion, jewellery, bridal, vintage and a variety of crafts all in the one beautiful Georgian building. Not to mention the authentic Italian café in the basement, which has just

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Going it Alone

What happens when you choose the road less travelled and forgo a full-time college course on leaving school? We chat to Craig Andrew about what he did instead. The Leaving Cert can seem like the biggest thing in the world when you’re 18. It’s going to define the rest of your life. You’ve got to work hard if you want a job. You’ve got to work even harder if you want a well-paid job. And you’re just lucky if you enjoy it. That’s how Craig Andrew and many others felt when they were that tender age. “It’s not like I didn’t try,” Craig says. “But nothing really spoke to me that much. So I applied for stuff I thought was relevant, with help from guidance co

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