The official launch of the Digital Dun Laoghaire by Minister Mitchell O’Connor took place on Friday, September 30th 2016 in the dlr LexIcon
Digital Dun Laoghaire, an initiative of Dun Laoghaire Business Improvement District, was officially launched on Friday, September, 30th in dlr LexIcon. The launch was opened by Chairman of Dun Laoghaire Business Innovation District, Anthony Quigley, who was followed by Minister Mitchell O’Connor (Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation) and Colin Kingston (Director, Bank of Ireland). A panel discussion then took place on the topic “Digital Entrepreneurship, the saviour of Ireland’s towns” led by the Digital Dun Laoghaire project leader, Eoin Costello.
The panel featured David Tighe (Head of Innovation at Bank of Ireland), Julie Sinnamon (CEO Enterprise Ireland), David Curtin (CEO IE Domain Registry), Patrick Leddy (CEO Pulsate), Dearbhla Lawson (Director of Economic, Community & Cultural Development at Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council) and Kieran O’Hea (former Chief Digital Officer of Brisbane, Austalia).
Please see below some of the highlights from the launch.
Coverage in the Media
Dublin’s newest digital hub has been unveiled with the opening of Digital Dún Laoghaire, which aims to generate 450 jobs over the course of the next two years.
“The official launch of Digital Dún Laoghaire comes after months of discussions led by the Dún Laoghaire Business Improvement District, including Bank of Ireland’s start-up division last May.
The aim of the project is to replicate the success of other digital centres like the Digital Hub in Dublin 8, while also bringing together a number of the town’s existing digital start-ups.
Currently, over 60 companies are based in Dún Laoghaire, ranging from start-ups to multinational companies.
Based on a recent survey of these companies, they jointly hope to create 450 new jobs in the town over the course of the next two years.
Many of these potential jobs will be in small numbers, with just 4.35pc of these companies expecting to create between 20 and 50 jobs during this time period. However, 27pc of these companies said they would be expecting to create between six and 10 jobs.
Making Dún Laoghaire attractive to talent
The majority of the surveyed companies (61pc) said that being part of the new Digital Dún Laoghaire cluster will increase the likelihood of their success, with 52pc saying it would make easier to recruit the right kind of talent.
In terms of challenges, these companies fear limited access to talent and support schemes needed for scaling their businesses.
With the Dún Laoghaire Business Improvement District running its operations, Digital Dún Laoghaire will be led by its chairperson, Anthony Quigley.
In his other role, Quigley is the co-founder of the Digital Marketing Institute also based in Dún Laoghaire.
Among some of its first developments will be the creation of a marketing strategy to roll out internet of things (IoT) sensors in the town to monitor footfall.”
– Silicon Republic 03/10/2016 –
Speaking at the launch the project director of Digital Dun Laoghaire, Eoin Costello (former CEO of Startup Ireland/Startup Gathering 2015) said –
“Jobs and innovation are created by scaleups, not startups. But in general entrepreneurs find it difficult to scale their businesses. The big challenges they face are accessing the space, supports, clients and funding they need to scale successfully. Our goal at Digital Dun Laoghaire is to help tackle these obstacles head on and provide an environment in our town that is extremely supportive to the growth ambitions of digital scaleups. We are now calling on Landlords in Dun Laoghaire to help by using the sharing economy model to provide empty space to scaleups to help ignite an exciting regeneration of our town from the grassroots up.”
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What people had to say about the launch of Digital Dun Laoghaire on Twitter
Please find below slides of the speakers at the Digital Dun Laoghaire Launch
ANTHONY QUIGLEY – Our first speaker was Chairman of Dun Laoghaire Business Improvement District, Anthony Quigley (CEO of Digital Marketing Institute).
EOIN COSTELLO – Before the Panel Discussion on the topic “Digital Entrepreneurship, the saviour of Ireland’s towns” Eoin Costello, project leader of Digital Dun Laoghaire (and former CEO of Startup Ireland) spoke.
SVEN SPOLLEN BEHRENS – CEO of Dun Laoghaire Business Improvement District, Sven Spollen Behrens, spoke after the Panel Discussion.
The results of the first survey of digital companies in Dun Laoghaire can be downloaded here!
Please find the Digital Dun Laoghaire Flyer here!
A few impressions on Friday’s Digital Dun Laoghaire Launch:
Videos from the Official Launch of Digital Dun Laoghaire
Many thanks to John Moore of Dun Laoghaire firm Clickworks for providing the videos.
We appreciate all the help of our supporters especially the members of our Digital Dun Laoghaire steering group comprising representatives from DL BID, DLR LEO, Bank of Ireland, IADT, DLR Chamber, Baily Labs, Harbour View Business Center, Dublin Serviced Offices, Thanks to the initiators of the Digital Dun Laoghaire project Dun Laoghaire Business Improvement District and to Bank of Ireland for their support through the Dun Laoghaire Enterprise Community programme.