Sunday 22 October 2017

Start-ups in the capital to get boost with commissioner

Start with yourself and look at your own role. If you are not energised, the business will not be either
Start with yourself and look at your own role. If you are not energised, the business will not be either
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

A new 'commissioner for startups' for Dublin is to be created by Dublin City Council, Dublin Chamber of Commerce and DCU's Ryan Academy.

The role is being created to mimic the functions of successful conference organisations such as The Summit, with the successful candidate expected to initiate seminars, guide start-ups and liaise with agencies.

The two-year contract, which will be funded by "private sector companies" through Dublin City University's Ryan Academy, is an attempt to formalise a liaison role between state agencies, third-level institutions, large private companies and start-up firms.

The job may require the successful candidate to lobby on issues such as work visa reform.

"Becoming an international hub for tech start-ups will hugely benefit the indigenous start-ups as the history of Silicon Valley demonstrated, where immigrants founded 52.4pc of the start-ups from 1995 to 2005," said DCU Ryan Academy's Eoghan Stack.

"Through an increased focus, better co-ordination and combined promotional effort, Dublin's start-up eco-system can gain global recognition and ensure maximum benefit of the cluster for the business and economy."

The job is being created on foot of a report by Dublin Chamber that claimed 2,800 jobs and €200m of economic activity annually could be created in Dublin with a proper focus. The report was chaired by the Department of Finance secretary general, John Moran.

"Dublin already has a thriving tech ecosystem driven by a strong grassroots community, global companies and support agencies," said Gina Quin, chief executive of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce. "But it's a competitive space. Making sure we're maximising their efforts requires localised coordination which this role offers."

Dublin City manager Owen Keegan said the role would be an important one.

"We will be pleased to work with the commissioner as they support the work of Enterprise Ireland, the Local Enterprise Office, the IDA, venture capitalists, accelerators, third-level institutions and the wider start-up community in promoting Dublin as a start-up location," he said.

Irish Independent

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