What are The Digital Hub’s eligibility criteria?
We consider many criteria when inviting companies to choose The Digital Hub campus as their home. In assessing an application for membership of our technology and digital media cluster, we consider the state of the cluster at that point in time, and how your company will add value to our community. We examine how our community is made up; is there a mix of Irish and Global companies of different sizes, with potential to scale, with different technologies, services and markets, and whose teams reflect the current cultural diversity of our cluster? We strive to ensure that all sectors of the technology and digital media industry are represented.
• Your business must operate in the technology, digital media or internet sector, and technology and/or digital media must sit at the heart of your business.
• Your company must be registered with the CRO as a limited company.
• Your company must be trading or have funding.
• You must have an Irish business bank account.
• You must have appropriate insurance for your business.
If you are an entrepreneur with a business idea or if you are in the very early stages of starting your own business then we typically advise that you contact your Local Enterprise Office. They are a one-stop-shop for business information, advisory services and enterprise support. They deliver training, advise on a range of funding options available and can mentor you with experienced experts.
What should I consider when deciding to make an application to join the enterprise cluster at The Digital Hub?
Don’t hesitate to contact our team who will talk you through our application form and answer any questions you may have about your eligibility to join The Digital Hub enterprise cluster.
When requesting an application form do consider the following points:
• Consider does your business truly operate in the technology / digital media / internet sectors.
• Will you be able to provide specific information on what your business is? Tell us about the products and services you deliver, your customer base, and detail how technology or digital media sits at the heart of your business.
• Will you be able to divulge your company’s turnover and investors?
Innovation and Creativity
• Will you be able to tell us what is innovative about your business and are you able to clearly define its USP?
Research & Development
• Will you be able to mention any of your current R&D activities, and tell us if you are in receipt of an R&D tax credit or any other development grants?
• Will you be able to detail any links you may have with third level institutions, and the nature of them?
• Do let us know what incubator, accelerator or business development programme you have participated in.
Future Growth & Innovation
• Will you be able to tell us about your plans to enter new markets and/or develop new products and services?
• Will you be able to tell us your expected revenue growth?
Integration into The Digital Hub Community
• Consider why you would like to locate your business at The Digital Hub campus, and how you might get involved in our enterprise community and possibly the wider community in which our campus is based – the Liberties area of Dublin 8.
Is The Digital Hub a start-up business incubator?
Unlike a typical incubator, we do not provide structured business mentorship, but mentorship does happen at The Digital Hub through networking with your business peers and shared learning. Regular free seminars, advice clinics and other events give you an opportunity to learn and meet future customers and collaborators.
Various events and introductions we make also offer exposure to potential investors. The PR value of The Digital Hub is an advantage to your business: If your business has a story then The Digital Hub can help with exposure and publicity.
Unlike a business accelerator, we do not provide funding or take equity in your business.
How much does office space at The Digital Hub cost?
This is very much dependent on your requirements for an office.
Our offices cater for companies from small scaling enterprises to companies seeking larger commercial floorplates, so once we know how many people you wish to accommodate and other information that will help us help you manage your costs, we will be able to provide you with an upfront, clear price.
When we know your preferences for a furnished or unfurnished office, lease duration, and your timeline for expansion we will suggest the best available options for office space to suit your needs and budget.
Costs for a desk at our Digital Depot building start at €62.50 per week. An office unit in one of our restored industrial and historic buildings are priced per sq. ft. starting at €22.50.
As an early stage company, I do not want to sign a long-term office lease. What are my options?
We understand that fast growing companies in the technology and digital media sectors cannot commit to long-term leases that many commercial property owners and letting agencies require.
For example, a desk in our Digital Depot building is signed for a 12-month licence with a 2-month break option but for an entire floor in one of our office buildings a longer-term leases is available.
Once we talk through your requirements and view suitable available office space, we can provide you with an easy to understand proposal.
Can a company based outside of Ireland move to The Digital Hub?
Yes – Just browse our Company Directory to see that here are companies from all over the world currently based on our campus.
The Digital Hub is currently the EMEA headquarters of major global companies like eMaint, Eventbrite and Lonely Planet and in the past Etsy, Slack and Stripe have used The Digital Hub as a ‘soft-landing spot’ in which to set up a key location within the EU.
We look after the setting up of some of the more laborious yet critical aspects of running a technology business, from broadband connectivity and electricity, to desks and chairs, leaving you to concentrate on important things like recruiting skilled professionals or expanding into the EU market.
For foreign companies The Digital Hub acts as a touchstone of finding out the key players within the wider digital sector in Ireland and finding talent, funding and collaborators.
We also have a close relationship with IDA Ireland, who assist small high growth businesses and large multinationals with setting up in Ireland.
Where exactly is The Digital Hub located in Dublin city?
Nine buildings make up The Digital Hub campus and they are all located close to each other in an area of Dublin 8 called The Liberties.
Thomas Street is the main street in the Liberties and our nine buildings are all located either on this street or on its side street, Rainsford Street, Crane Street and Roe Lane.
A 20-minute stroll down Thomas Street will bring you to the Temple Bar/Trinity College area and if you take one of the many and frequent buses that stop on Thomas Street or pick up a dublinbike you can be down town in less than 10 minutes.
The nearest train stop is Heuston Train Station, which is a 10-minute walk away.
The nearest LUAS tram stops (Red line) are at St. James’s Hospital and Heuston Train Station, both a 6 to 10 minute walk from The Digital Hub.
Dublin Airport is located about 15km north of The Digital Hub. A taxi from the airport to The Digital Hub will take approx. 25 minutes, while a Bus will take about 45 to 60 minutes.
Is there car parking on campus at The Digital Hub?
Yes – limited car parking is available at The Digital Hub. We charge it to you on a monthly basis at a cost of €100 to €150.
Visitor parking outside our Digital Depot building is charged at a rate of €7.50 per day. Parking spots are available on a first come first served basis.
On-street ‘pay-and-display’ car parking is available in the general vicinity.
Does The Digital Hub offer other perks for my business and employees?
In addition to great office space, facilities and regular events in a convenient location your Digital Hub ID card will entitle you to discounts at nearby local businesses and provide opportunities to attend tech industry events, seminars and meetups for free and/or at discounted rates.
Once you join The Digital Hub you can find information on the Members’ Area of this website.
Who manages The Digital Hub and how do I contact them?
The Digital Hub Development Agency manages The Digital Hub.
This Irish state agency was set up in 2003 to run The Digital Hub and implement its enterprise and campus development strategy. It also facilitates and contributes to urban regeneration in the Liberties area of Dublin city and pilots projects that are vital to the ongoing development of the digital sector in Ireland.