Floating start-up co-working hub DoSpace opens in Dublin’s Silicon Docks (video)

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In what has to be the most unique co-working space in Dublin, the new Dospace.ie offices exist on a barge in Silicon Docks. It is the brainchild of entrepreneur Graham Barker.

After a fruitless search for his own reasonably-priced and fun Silicon Docks office space, Barker hit on the idea of installing office space on a barge that sits just a few yards downriver from Google and Facebook’s shiny new offices.

The DoSpace barge has 800 square feet of office space with short or long-term options available for entrepreneurs, founders or visiting executives from international companies.

With support from Waterways Ireland, Barker sourced, refitted and connected The Grey Owl to be a digital workspace.

A co-working space on the water

“This is the kind of place that people want to work in – it’s centrally located, next to the Dart, a Dublin Bikes stand across the road, beside all the big tech companies, and we are on the water,” Barker said.

“Everyone I’ve met has been very supportive – from Waterways Ireland to the co-working space community. I think most people can see the benefit that we bring to the area, and the sheer value that we offer to start­ups.”

One early adopter of DoSpace is Security First, a London based start-up led by Irish entrepreneurs creating technology to help human rights defenders work safely.

Security First co-founder, Holly Kilroy, said: “I’ve been blown away by the location and how useful the DoSpace community has been to us already. Having such a well-connected co-working space in Dublin has saved us time and money and made it easier to move the company home.

Aboard the Grey Owl - a floating co-working space in Dublin's Silicon Docks

Aboard the Grey Owl – a floating co-working space in Dublin’s Silicon Docks

DoSpace membership starts from €50 a month and 10pc of deskspace is free-of-charge to non-profit technology start-ups.

“The Dock offers unique opportunities for business with the focus of technology businesses here in the area,” said Dawn Lingstone, CEO of Waterways Ireland.

“There is an excellent range of start-up and high-growth businesses ready to take advantage of DoSpace CoWorking.”

Aboard the Grey Owl - a floating co-working space in Dublin's Silicon Docks

Aboard the Grey Owl – a floating co-working space in Dublin’s Silicon Docks

Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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