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Mark Little who sold Storyful to News Corp.

Mark Little who sold Storyful to News Corp.

Mark Little who sold Storyful to News Corp.

Niamh Bushnell, a serial entrepreneur, has been hired to become Dublin's first start-up czar.

She will help companies to work closely with Dublin City Council and Enterprise Ireland to maximise the potential of the city's cluster of tech companies.

The job was created following the publication of the Activating Dublin report in August 2013.

"Dublin is a great place to start and scale a business," said Activating Dublin co-founder and Dublin Chamber boss Gina Quin yesterday.

Santiago in Chile and London have created similar posts in recent years. "Niamh's appointment is an exciting and potential-filled step forward for the city," Ms Quin said.

"The chamber looks forward to offering the commissioner the support of established businesses in Dublin. The vibrant startup scene in Dublin is proof of Dublin's international credentials - from initiatives such as The Summit and NDRC Launchpad, to grassroots organisations such as Startup Ireland and successful companies like Storyful and Profitero," she added.

A committee chaired by John Moran, former secretary general of the Department of Finance, estimated that 2,800 jobs could be created with an economic impact of €200m a year.

Irish Independent