Bank of Ireland Startlab has unveiled its swanky new premises on Camden Street.
Bank of Ireland’s Startlab on Camden Street is being touted as the newest vibrant fintech hub in Dublin, and we’ve managed to get a sneak peek.
The space boasts chic exposed brick walls, Scandinavian-style steel-framed furniture, individual work cubbies complete with ‘on-air’ light-up signs above the doors, and large windows to let plenty of sunlight in.
The plans to open the hub, which currently hosts 10 fintech companies, were first announced in June 2017. Each company has received generous funding through a recent €1.5m Competitive Start Fund, which was offered through Enterprise Ireland to regional and Irish fintech start-ups.
David Tighe, head of innovation at BOI, said at the time: “Dublin is one of those digital communities where it is all starting to knit together. Whether it is happening between Silicon Docks, the IFSC, or what is being fostered on Camden Street, it is starting to happen.”
Camden Street itself is slowly being transformed into a Dublin focal point for fintech, with the pub-lined street also playing host to Plynk, a peer-to-peer payment company, and Deposify, a service hoping to make the process of paying security deposits on rental properties a little less painful.
Last year, Bank of Ireland became the first ever Irish bank to establish a New York-based start-up incubator, helping entrepreneurs make the vital move across the pond and grow their businesses. The NYC Startlab offers seven scalable technology companies the opportunity to take up residence in the buzzing borough of Manhattan, free of charge.
This Irish venture similarly aspires to foster entrepreneurship, as an “an incubator programme built from the ground up to educate, connect and scale tech start-ups”, according to its website.
“Each programme runs for a six-month period, where start-ups meet with key speakers, coaches and mentors to help grow and scale their company.”
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