5 overseas start-ups select Dublin’s Digital Hub for their new EU base

12 Jul 2016

The Digital Hub on Crane Street in the Dublin Liberties. Photo credit: Luke Maxwell

Five new tech companies – from Belgium, Finland, New Zealand, the UK and the US – have joined the Digital Hub tech cluster in Dublin’s Liberties district.

Digital Hub CEO Gerry Macken said the companies see Ireland as the perfect jump-off point for accessing Europe.

“The new companies have recognised Ireland as a key location within the EU, and have therefore set up their European base in Dublin,” Macken explained.

“This trend is a reflection of our ongoing relationship with IDA Ireland. Another key factor for companies moving to Dublin is the hunt for flexible office space, which we provide here, allowing companies to operate as they need.’’

The start-up journey continues in Dublin

The five start-ups include AdScribe, a company started in London in 2014 that helps TV platforms to recognise new revenue and increased customer satisfaction through analytics and advertising.

“We looked at a number of places but The Digital Hub was by the far the best fit for our requirements,” explained Donal O’Connor, CEO of AdScribe.

“We started the office with just one employee and a plan to hire three or four by the end of the year. The flexibility to do this, yet still have our own office space rather than ‘co-working’ desks made The Digital Hub the perfect choice. We also love the area and community amongst the various companies located here.”

Danal Mobile Services is a US provider of mobile identity and authentication solutions driven by unique real-time connections to mobile operator networks and data.

Ink and Light produces animated and live-action television series for family audiences. “We’ve just attracted an additional television series, which will be running parallel to our current show,” explained Tamsin Lyons, owner of Ink and Light.

“We can scale up for this with no inconvenience at all. That would have been impossible with a conventional office lease. The facilities at The Digital Hub are great. We were up and running on the first day we moved in, no technical or supplier headaches and the connection with other businesses is also of huge benefit.”

Optimal Workshop is a New Zealand company that provides a suite of usability tools to help improve website navigation, define information architecture, understand first-click behaviour and capture qualitative research.

And PicMonkey is a US photo editing and graphic design website dedicated to fulfilling the world’s creative yearnings and which offers high-powered creative tools that users of every experience level can use in their web browser.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years