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Cities of Innovation: Dublin

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Local, national and international transport links

Dublin is a hub for both national and international travel. It has one international airport and permission is being sought for a new airport. Iarnrod Eireann operates national trains and buses.


There is a good range of services to link innovation hubs to financial districts including LUAS (tramway), DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) operated by Ianrod Eireann,as well as buses, bikes for hire, and car hire services.


Costs and availability of workspace

Co-working spaces include: Wework, Dogpatch Limited, Cowork@GEC, Co create, t-cube, dospace, Fumbally exchange, Tara. Retail space rents at €500 m2/month, and industrial space averages €8 m2/month for floor space under 500 m2. Smart docklands is a smart city testbed for business and living. It’s home to over 500 businesses, and generates 9% of Ireland’s GDP. There are 44,000 employees and 26,000 residents.

City support for start-ups and SMEs

The Local Enterprise Office supports local professionals with training, events, financial support and help on starting or growing your own business.


Enterprise Ireland helps Irish businesses grow and reach world markets. They offer a range of services from funding, to making introductions in key international markets. Enterprise Ireland has a useful list of incubation centres.


Start-up bootcamp Dublin supports early-stage tech founders to rapidly  scale their companies, and they run a range of accelerator programmes.


Ryan Academy delivers entrepreneur, startup and innovation programmes.



First Friday for start-ups
Start-up week Dublin
— There are many competitions that startups can enter, some offering substantial prize money and all offering networking and learning experiences: IBYE, Bank of Ireland Start up awards, EY Entrepreneur awards, Google adopt a startup.

Financial support and access to investors & accelerators

Dublin has six propeller venture accelerator programmes:
Startupboot camp

Dogpatch labs

Google ventures


There are several crowdfunding opportunities in Ireland, as well as international schemes open to Irish entrepreneurs.