Digital Hub welcomes creative cohort to its bulging Dublin base

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The Digital Hub has revealed the latest swathe of businesses to join the fold, with creative companies front and centre.

A total of 10 companies have joined The Digital Hub as part of its 2017 portfolio, bringing the total number employed on site to 700 people.

There are now almost 100 companies across The Digital Hub’s various buildings in Dublin 8, with expansion almost continuous at the organisation.

“2017 has been a busy year for The Digital Hub so far, and we are delighted to welcome 10 new companies to our campus,” said Fiach Mac Conghail, CEO of the organisation.

“Our enterprise community continues to grow and we are particularly thrilled to have a wider mix of creative companies established at the hub that can support and complement each other.”

Major cluster

The Digital Hub represents one of the largest clusters of digital media, technology and internet businesses in Ireland.

It’s notable, too, that the creative industry is playing a prominent role for the latest crop of companies, with such sectors as animation, film and production, business training, public relations, interactive entertainment and film industry events.

The likes of Gingerbread Animation, Giraffe Games and Planet Korda Pictures, so, join Adaptive International, Lonely Planet and ourselves, Silicon Republic, at The Digital Hub.

Noting the facility’s appeal due to how it has supported hundreds of companies already, Lindsey Adams, supervising producer at Gingerbread, was excited to join the fold.

“We are proud to base ourselves in this dynamic campus for digital content and technology companies, and we know that the support we receive here will enable us to thrive,” she said.

Ideal location

Grainne Humphreys, festival director at Audi Dublin International Film Festival (another new recruit) said the new home provides her company with the “ideal site” to grow.

“Emerging technology is changing the way filmmakers tell stories, and sitting alongside so many digital companies is hugely beneficial,” she said.

“On a practical note, it’s very close to many of the film distribution companies, many cinemas and all transport hubs, not to mention some of the best coffee in the city!”

The Digital Hub’s 2016 figures highlighted this theme, with a total of 28 new companies joining throughout the year.

Perhaps the most notable inclusion into The Digital Hub’s portfolio last year was Bizimply, a company that has developed an online workforce management application that supports the way restaurants and retail businesses manage and engage with their employees.

The Irish company raised €2m in funding over the course of the year, with an expanding workforce expected in 2017.

Among the international enterprises that moved into The Digital Hub last year was AdScribe, a company that helps TV platforms to recognise new revenue streams through analytics and advertising.

Newbies

Some of the new companies announcing their move include:

  • Gingerbread Animation is a brand new independent and creator-driven animation house specialising in high-quality 2D animation content for kids.
  • Planet Korda Pictures is a small but dedicated Irish film and TV production company. The company was established in 2005, focusing primarily on feature-length, creative documentary films with an international appeal.
  • Kubicle was founded in 2014 with the goal of improving Excel training in the workplace. Kubicle initially focused its efforts on contextualised, high-quality content delivered through an easy-to-use platform.
  • Wachsman PR is an international PR agency founded in December 2015 and headquartered in New York. It focuses on financial technology, with more than 40 clients around the globe.
  • Giraffe Games is an interactive entertainment company based in Dublin, primarily known for establishing sports games for mobile phones and tablets.
  • Audi Dublin International Film Festival is one of Ireland’s leading film events, taking place in February each year.

Gordon Hunt is a journalist at Siliconrepublic.com

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