By @SimonCocking

We learn a bit more about the Creative Digital Network Cork – a networking opportunity for companies, start-ups and academics engaged in Digital Media and Creative Industries in Cork region.

1 min pitch, what do does CDNC do?

CDNC was launched as a [email protected] project co-financed under the Interreg IVC Programme, which covers all European regions and focuses on contributing to the economic modernisation and competitiveness of Europe.  It is led in the Cork region by Cork Institute of Technology.  The evolution of the digital and knowledge based economy has significantly altered the nature of multimedia, its production and marketing.  Within such a fast expanding global digital marketplace, there are significant opportunities for growth and employment in small and micro enterprises.  CDNC enables networking opportunities for companies, start-ups and academics engaged in the creative digital sector through the sharing of ideas, research and business opportunities.


How / where does it take place / how often?

CDNC facilitates networking through its online platforms of the website, blog, Twitter and LinkedIn.  We are in the process of setting up a Facebook page.  All members are encouraged to use the platforms to share ideas and promote any new or interesting aspects of their businesses.  We also hold off line networking events from time to time and aim to promote more of these in the future to facilitate the members to take greater ownership of the group.

Who is it open to? Who belongs already?

There are currently almost 50 members in the group, coming from a variety of digital backgrounds throughout Cork county and city, such as web development and design, TV and film production, video game design and development, animation, motion graphics, apps design and development, and PR and journalism.  The group is open to any individual or enterprise active in the creative digital sector within the Cork region.

How does it work, academics, startups, companies all together?

CDNC supports its members through the facilitation of networking events for the sector, by heightening the visibility of the sector in the region and by initiating dialogue with local authorities and other influencers on the need to develop and support the creative digital industry in Cork.

How do you join? How much?

Anyone who is interested can join online via the website or by emailing [email protected]  Membership is free of charge.

Give us some success stories of things that have emerged out of it?

The CDNC is fortunate to have many experienced members, as well as some exciting and successful new start-ups.  The upcoming Cork Digital Marketing Awards have seen a number of our members nominated which is a well-deserved acknowledgement of the hard work which they have done in the sector.  The Gallery Kinsale have been nominated for the Best Digital Marketing by a Start-up/Sole Trader, the Best use of Twitter for Business and Best Website for a Company with 10 or Less Employees.  It’s an amazing achievement for them and shows that you don’t need to be a big budget multi-national to successfully compete in the digital market.

How was last 12 months?

The CDNC network and website was officially launched last February by Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English, at an event held in CIT.  Since then we have grown the membership to almost 50 members and have developed the various online platforms to facilitate the interaction of members.  We have been delighted with the response from the creative digital sector in Cork and with the variety of individuals and companies who have come on board.

What’s great about Cork as a place to do business?

Cork has experienced a resurgence of indigenous business over the last few years, while multinationals continue to invest and expand in the area.  This has created a ‘buzz’ around the city both culturally and economically as we see more employment opportunities, a greater diversity in products and services, and an element of anticipation about the future of the region.

What’s the goal for the future?

The goal for the future is to heighten the visibility of the creative digital sector through the continued growth of the CDNC network and to promote Cork as a creative digital cluster, enabling the region to successfully compete internationally.

Top tips for people to make the most of being a member of CNDC?

We would encourage members to use the platforms available to the group to promote their businesses and ideas.  Members are invited to contribute to the growth and direction of the network by interacting with each other, as well as encouraging others from the sector to become involved.

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