Ford and Uber execs to mentor at Lynch's new Dublin hub
Ford and Uber are among the firms that will offer mentoring to startups at the first Irish outpost for London-based entrepreneur Andrew Lynch, co-founder of co-working space and accelerator Huckletree.
Strengthening links between startup communities here and in London, while connecting them to investors with up to €1bn available, Huckletree D2, as the new space will be known, will occupy Twitter's former Irish HQ, the Academy building on Dublin's Pearse Street.
Among the startups that have come through London - where Lynch and his co-founder Gabriela Hersham, have three spaces and over 1,000 members - are blood-testing firm Thriva, fintech firm Coconut, clothing firm Bombinate, and career development firm GroHappy.
"Our curated accelerator programme will begin in the autumn and the first Dublin cohort will go through a mentorship with technical and financial guidance from a group including senior leaders from Silicon Valley Bank, KPMG, Taylor Wessing, Ford and Uber, with the opportunity to pitch to investors from our network that includes Rooks Nest Ventures, Felix Capital and Concentric Ventures," said Hersham.
"We work closely with counterparts Techstars, 500Startups and Mass Challenge, with many of our members being alumni or applicants of these programmes. We also host bigger firms like KMPG's high tech growth team, and 100pc Open, a global innovation agency that creates new products and services."
The hub will host events and workshops, while featuring an outdoor terrace with views across the city, a 'wellbeing space' including a massage studio, as well as offices, desks and meeting spaces to cater for 400 members.
"The Academy is an iconic building with a rich heritage of entrepreneurship and creativity," said Paul Anderson, the Omniplex cinema business co-founder who owns the building. Huckletree's ethos resonated with me, they're a like-minded firm that will add to its history".
Sunday Indo Business