By @SimonCocking

Just in, this looks interesting. We cover this story in more depth as it unfolds.

It’s an interesting idea, it would be great if there is a visual real time representation of what is happening in it as well for potential users, investors, and startups. It could help avoid me-too ideas, and potentially even enable faster development and scaling of ideas into products. 

DUBLIN COMMISSIONER FOR STARTUPS NIAMH BUSHNELL LAUNCHES DUBLIN DATA INITIATIVE

Initiative to map Dublin’s technology ecosystem will inform startup policy

(DUBLIN, IRELAND) – December 8, 2014 – Dublin Commissioner for Startups, Niamh Bushnell, today announced the launch of the Dublin Data Initiative. The initiative, the aim of which is to map Dublin’s technology ecosystem, will be undertaken in conjunction with Startup Genome, a global non-profit that maps startup ecosystems around the world. It will be run in partnership with PCH, the world leading Irish company which designs custom manufacturing solutions for the world’s best brands and supports hardware startups globally.

Commencing in January, the Dublin Data Initiative will collect and map data on an ongoing basis from startups and stakeholder organisations across the city providing key insights into, for example, the number of startups in Dublin, their operations, areas of focus and stage of development. It is the first such mapping exercise of Dublin’s tech related startup sector to be carried out.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD said: “In Ireland we have great entrepreneurs – we just don’t have enough of them. We have many strengths – good availability of seed funding and venture capital, an enviable presence of leading international companies, good accelerators and incubators for early stage companies and well-established support systems from State agencies. These strengths, together with our growing numbers of ambitious tech startups, drive a high standard of innovation and entrepreneurship. By collecting better data, we can build on these strengths, address weaknesses, support more startups and create the jobs of the future.”

Commenting on the initiative, Commissioner for Startups Niamh Bushnell explained: “To continue to build on Dublin’s character and reputation as a global tech hub we need great data about our companies, their strengths and challenges, and how we, as an ecosystem, can better support them at every step along the journey.”

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PCH Founder and CEO Liam Casey added: “Good data helps create focus around how resources are spent, and highlights important trends that are critical to the success of companies, industries, and cities. We’re pleased to see data being prioritised by Commissioner Bushnell for Dublin, and are delighted to partner on this initiative.”

The Dublin Data Initiative will be a collaborative effort involving a broad range of public and private organisations around the city. It will also leverage work already carried out by organisations such as Enterprise Ireland, Dublin City Council, Dublin Chamber of Commerce, Startup Ireland and Amárach Research.

 

“The data collection effort itself will bring the community together under a common goal,” explained Startup Genome CEO Shane Reiser whose organisation will be responsible for the curation and mapping of the data. “The results from the data will give leaders in Dublin better insight into the local entrepreneurial community.”