The Digital Hub on track to have 100 companies and 725 people in its cluster this year
In its annual review statement, the Digital Hub Development Agency (DHDA) has highlighted its strong performance in 2016, with The Digital Hub campus now on track to very shortly have over 100 digital media, technology and Internet businesses operating out of its enterprise space based in the historic Liberties area of Dublin city centre. Collectively, almost 725 people are directly employed within what has become Ireland’s largest and most established cluster of technology, digital media and internet companies.
In 2016, 28 new companies moved into The Digital Hub, comprising a 50:50 split between indigenous and foreign direct investment (FDI) businesses. Some companies of note who set up operations in The Digital Hub in 2016 included, Bizimply, an award-winning Irish company that has developed an online workforce management application that supports the way restaurants and retail businesses, manage and engage with their employees. Bizimply successfully raised €2 million of investor funding during 2016 and is currently expanding its workforce with an additional 15 positions expected to be filled in 2017. Among the international enterprises who moved into The Digital Hub last year were AdScribe, who help TV platforms to recognise new revenue streams through analytics and advertising.
Commenting on the outlook for The Digital Hub in 2017, Fiach Mac Conghail, the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer said: “2017 is shaping up to be a fruitful year for The Digital Hub. We have a great pipeline of ambitious companies looking to join the vibrant digital community we are developing here. Our mix of companies within the cluster is always changing. We are putting a renewed focus into revitalising the cluster dynamic to ensure more companies can really reap the benefits from being part of our wider digital community.
“The renewal and regeneration of vacant sites under our ownership in the Liberties area continues to be a priority for us and will play a key role in funding the future growth of our enterprise cluster. We look forward to strengthening our working partnerships and in particular our relationships within the local community in order to enhance Dublin 8’s reputation as a great place to live and work.”
The Digital Hub Development Agency is the Irish state agency that manages The Digital Hub. The Agency was established by the Irish Government under the Department of Communications, Climate Change and Environment and plays a key part in supporting the implementation of the National Digital Strategy.
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About The Digital Hub
Based in the historic Liberties area of Dublin city centre, The Digital Hub is an enterprise cluster for growing technology companies. Home to almost 100 established businesses and employing just over 700 people, The Digital Hub is the largest cluster of digital media, technology and Internet businesses in Ireland, providing a space for indigenous enterprises such as Athena Media, Maithú IT Solutions, Software Design and Sonru to scale and grow. The Digital Hub is also the EMEA headquarters of major global companies like eMaint, Eventbrite and Lonely Planet, and is home to industry organisations such as the Irish Internet Association, NDRC and Silicon Republic.
Since the project’s inception, over 200 companies have progressed through the enterprise cluster at The Digital Hub, generating thousands of skilled jobs. Some well-established alumni include Amazon, Boomerang Pharmaceutical Communications, Distilled Media Group (Daft.ie), Etsy, Havok, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Riverdeep), Kavaleer, Lincor, MTT, Slack, and Stripe.