The Digital Hub welcomes 19 new and returning companies to Liberties campus
- 9,360 sq ft of office space leased so far in 2022
- Growing cluster of creative companies and community organisations
- Increased demand for hybrid office solutions & flexibility.
The Digital Hub, Ireland’s most established cluster for digital enterprises based in the Liberties in Dublin 8, has so far welcomed 19 companies and organisations to its Thomas Street campus in the first 6 months of the year. Of the 19, eleven are new companies, two are longer-term alumni who have decided to return and six are companies who had left more recently and have now returned.
The new companies have agreed to lease over 9,000 sq ft of office space and will employ at least 50 people. This brings to 46 the number of member companies now resident at The Digital Hub which is up from 29 at the start of the year. These companies collectively employ over 300 people.
The Digital Hub, which remained open to support member companies throughout Covid-19 restrictions, has continued their track record of being a location of choice for indigenous and international technology companies scaling their operations.
Among the new companies to join the campus are Arenametrix, a French software company specialising in services for sporting and cultural organisations, who will use The Digital Hub as their new Irish base and Zenadrone, a Canadian tech firm who provide drone services for the agritech sector, are also now based at The Digital Hub.
The Digital Hub is also welcoming back Campsited, CB Media, Eclipse Pictures, Alone, Allgo, Bitcoin Marketing Team, and Wattics, who were all previous members and are now returning to The Digital Hub following the pandemic.
The creative and cultural nature of the Liberties is also reflected in a growing sub-cluster of creative industries who have signed leases at The Digital Hub. Award-winning Irish animation company Kavaleer returns to the campus, having been a resident previously, arts events company Verdant Productions, visual arts organisation PhotoIreland, renowned production company South Wind Blows, creative production support initiative field:arts, theatre company Dead Centre and studios Block T and Pallas Projects are all now member companies on the campus.
The Digital Hub is now providing studio and workshop space for 40 artists and craftspeople in association with Block T and Pallas Projects.
Fiach Mac Conghail, CEO of The Digital Hub, said:
“It is encouraging to see so many innovative companies and organisations join our community. The events of the past two years have signalled a fundamental shift in working practices, and the flexibility and collegiality of The Digital Hub campus is proving to be location of choice for both technology companies, creative industries and community organisations. We have a strong pipeline of further interest from national and international companies and I look forward to seeing our new cohort integrate into the Liberties community.”
Finán O’Donoghue, founder and CEO of Campsited, said:
“We are delighted to be returning to The Digital Hub, which proved to be an ideal location to scale and grow our business during our first time on campus. This time around we are hybrid working and the flexible space at The Digital Hub is perfect for us as we facilitate blended working for our team, some of whom are based in Dublin and nearby counties. The convenient Dublin city location is a key feature of the Hub, and we are looking forward to meeting the new companies now in residence.”
Dr Shaun Passley, founder and CEO of Zenadrone, said:
“Developing our business internationally is incredibly important to us and The Digital Hub, Dublin is an excellent location for us to continue our growth. We aim to create 30 jobs in Ireland over the next 12 months and The Digital Hub campus is the ideal base to work from. Integrating into a network of similar-minded tech and creative businesses is key for our development as a company, and we are looking forward to settling into the well-established cluster of tech and digital media companies.”
The new companies and organisations joining The Digital Hub campus are:
- ACGT Vector
- Block T
- Bitcoin Marketing Team
- CB Media
- Dead Centre
- Eclipse Pictures
- Pallas Projects
- Robert Emmet Community Development Project
- South Wind Blows
- Verdant Productions
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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. Forty six established businesses operate in The Digital Hub. Together these businesses employ over 300 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 Akara Robotics, Bizimply, Good Travel Software and Neuromod to scale and grow. Major global companies like Lonely Planet are also based in The Digital Hub along with industry organisations like PhotoIreland.
Since the project’s inception, over 400 companies have progressed through the enterprise cluster at The Digital Hub, generating thousands of skilled jobs. Some well-established alumni include Amazon, Athena Media, Black Shamrock, Boomerang Pharmaceutical Communications, Distilled Media Group (Daft.ie), eMaint, Etsy, Havok, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Riverdeep), Lincor, MTT, patientMpower, Slack, Software AG, Silicon Republic, Square1, Stripe, TIBCO, VSware and Wachsman.
The Digital Hub is a supportive partner of the local community, by running several learning initiatives for people of all ages. Community learning programmes are run with local partners. For example, the Future Creators Cadets is delivered by H2 Learning and supported by National College of Art and Design (NCAD) and The Liber8 Music Project is run with BIMM Institute Dublin. The Digital Hub also works with community groups and organisations such as the Robert Emmet Community Development Project and Pocket Forests amongst others. The Digital Hub is one of three lead partners on the Smart D8 initiative which aims to improve and sustain the health and wellbeing of Dublin 8 citizens through innovation and collaboration.
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.
In March 2021, the Government decided to dissolve the Digital Hub Development Agency and close The Digital Hub. The Agency will now embark upon an orderly winddown process which will see the transfer of lands to the Land Development Agency. All operations at The Digital Hub, including various community initiatives and partnerships, will continue as normal up until the closure date.
The Digital Hub is in a position to offer leases for new and existing companies up until 2025 following an agreement with the Department of Communications, Climate Change and Environment.