Digital Hub enjoys major growth in 2014 – 35 new companies established as awards flow

6 Jan 2015

Sophie Healy-Thow, Émer Hickey and Ciara Judge chat with Silicon Republic CEO Ann O'Dea at November's Women Invent Meet-up in the Digital Hub. Photo by Conor McCabe Photography

Mirroring the growing confidence in the tech industry in Ireland as a whole, the Digital Hub in Dublin had a fine 2014.

Some 150 new jobs were created across the Hub’s eight buildings in the Liberties area of Dublin City, with hopes that more than 700 people will be employed on its premises by the end of this current year.

Eventbrite, KeyedIn Solutions and PriceSpy were just three of the new non-Irish businesses to set up base at the Digital Hub, while indigenous start-ups such as Creative Nation, VSWare, and beActive also relocated – Athena Media returned after a brief hiatus.

Of the companies now established within the Hub, including Silicon Republic, numerous awards were won throughout the year. We won a #RaboTweeties award but there were also three IIA Dot IE Net Visionary Awards, four Appys, two companies shortlisted for an eircom Spider award, and one company – Athena Media – won four separate New York Radio Festival awards and the Digital Hub Development Agency itself bagged a Net Visionary Award in 2014.

Countless events were hosted within the Digital Hub’s facilities, including the Silicon Republic’s Women Invent Meet-up, in November.

Gongs galore

Many businesses expanded their workforce, with a major refurbishment of the 19th-century Grainstore building adding additional space, subsequently coming on stream. More refurbishments are due to be completed this year, with Gerry Macken, CEO, The Digital Hub, extremely pleased.

“We are (…) seeing demand again for a whole range of new jobs and skill sets in the digital tech sector from within our digital enterprise community, with current job positions to be filled for web and graphic designers, marketing professionals, video editors and software developers among many others.

“We are now looking forward to 2015 and what our expansion will mean for Ireland’s digital economy as our companies continue to grow. We also greatly anticipate the completion of our Grainstore building development in the second half of 2015. We hope and plan to grow further in 2015, staying at the forefront of digital technology in Ireland.”

Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic