At the launch of Talent Garden Dublin, DCU president Prof Brian MacCraith explained this unique partnership and how it came about.

“We looked around the world, we visited many places … but when we started meeting with Talent Garden we felt there was something special there,” said Prof Brian MacCraith when asked what led to Dublin City University’s (DCU) partnership with Talent Garden.

“This really came to fruition when I visited Milan [Talent Garden’s HQ] and saw exactly what was happening there,” he added. “There’s something about a space where you can feel the energy and the buzz in it. You know innovation is happening.”

Talent Garden Dublin has launched in the DCU Alpha campus, becoming a “little Milan here on the northside of Dublin” according to MacCraith.

DCU is the first university to form a partnership with Talent Garden in this way, and MacCraith explained how students will benefit from access to the space and the masterclasses, workshops and hackathons to be hosted therein.

“It’s very obvious that innovation increases exponentially with proximity. So, all of this on one 10-acre campus here and right beside the university, six minutes’ walk away from here, all of that creates the right ingredients for a really huge surge in innovation.”


Words by Elaine Burke