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After our interview with Gerry Macken, CEO of Digital Hub last month, it’s great to hear that the Digital Hub had a successful 2014.

Here is the latest update on developments at the Digital Hub.

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  • New companies including Eventbrite, PriceSpy, VSWare and Athena Media, Creative Nation.
  • Expansion and new jobs created at existing companies including Xwerx, eMaint EMEA and Software Design
  • Plans announced for refurbishment of new building to deliver over 10,000 square foot of office space in 2015

6 January, 2015: 2014 was a bumper year for growth and job creation within The Digital Hub enterprise cluster, with 35 new (and returning) companies setting up offices within The Digital Hub’s eight buildings located in the Liberties area of Dublin city, creating a total of 150 new jobs. Expectations for The Digital Hub in 2015 are also positive with employment growth in the enterprise cluster expected to increase. This will see the number of people directly employed within the digital cluster rising to over 700 people by the end of 2015.

Some notable companies to join The Digital Hub this year were international organisations Eventbrite, the San Francisco founded online event management and planning business, KeyedIn Solutions, a Cloud technology company with headquarters in the USA that helps customers engage in cloud and mobile based business solutions and technologies and PriceSpy, an online shopping product and price comparison service.  Among the indigenous Irish companies locating in The Digital Hub in 2014 were Creative Nation, a Multi-Channel Network (MCN) on YouTube; VSWare, a design-led, cloud and mobile-based school administration platform, and beActive, an award winning and EMMY-nominated TV, Film and Digital studio.

The Digital Hub also announced plans for the refurbishment of a 19th Century Grainstore building, adding an additional 10,650 square feet of space to the cluster. This development is set to be completed by the second half of 2015 and will provide additional office space to meet the demand from scaling existing and new businesses looking to locate in The Digital Hub.

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Additionally, the restoration and refurbishment of a number of historic 19th century buildings at 1 Crane Street and 7 & 8 Thomas Street is due to be completed by the end of 2015. When finished these beautiful examples of early 19th century homes will have retail units at ground level with offices in the original living space above.

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Gerry Macken, CEO, The Digital Hub, is extremely pleased with developments to date and looks forward with optimism for 2015: “I really see 2014 as a key year of growth for The Digital Hub. 35 new companies joined our cluster, creating 150 new jobs as well as a wealth of networking opportunities. This brings the total number of companies to 89 and the total number employed onsite to almost 650, this has been one of our busiest years to date.  We are also seeing demand again for a whole range of new jobs and skillsets in the digital tech sector from within our digital enterprise community, with current job positions to be filled for web and graphic designers, marketing professionals, video editors and software developers among many others.

“We are now looking forward to 2015 and what our expansion will mean for Ireland’s digital economy as our companies continue to grow. We also greatly anticipate the completion of our Grainstore building development in the second half of 2015 and the opportunities the additional 10,650 square feet of office space will create. We hope and plan to grow further in 2015, staying at the forefront of digital technology in Ireland.”

Digital Initiatives

The Digital Hub and its member companies have continued to remain at the forefront of digital and technology development in Ireland. In 2014, a health tech partnership was announced with the Health Innovation Hub Cork (HIH Cork) as part of The Digital Hub’s ongoing Connected Health initiative to promote and support digital solutions to healthcare problems. Patient engagement and education technologies, video prescriptions and online therapeutic programmes are amongst the products and services being developed by tech companies supported by our new partnership, and The Digital Hub is very excited to see this project develop further into 2015. One Digital Hub based company currently benefiting from The Digital Hub and HIH Cork partnerships is Maithú IT Solutions. Maithu has created a range of medical applications under the brand name Medical eGuides, their Hand Hygiene Auditing App is being trialled in Cork and Waterford hospitals as part of a HIH initiative to tackle the problem of Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI’s).

Industry Awards

The companies within The Digital Hub have had a busy year for awards and achievements throughout 2014. Three companies Eventbrite, Maithu and Software Design received IIA Dot IE Net Visionary Awards in September.

The Digital Hub Development Agency itself was presented with a Net Visionary Award in 2014, for the ‘Very Best Place to be – Accelerator |Incubator | Space’. The criteria for this award was that the nominated business space must show a true understanding of the culture and needs of Ireland’s thriving start-up community, and provide dynamic environments for start-up and smaller businesses that facilitate peer networking and support, mentoring and fostering collaboration.

A short video has been compiled detailing some of the highlights of 2014

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