Our Perfect Data…

Months of many peoples’ time has gone into building and refining this database of Dublin Startups.

In truth, it’s still far from perfect or accurate or complete, but we thought we’d present it as such and then sit back and watch your comments, additions and corrections flow in.

Why should your company be listed here?
Because if you’re not in, you can’t win. This pre-release is the first step towards a definitive database of Dublin Startups and only the companies listed here will benefit from our global marketing and business development activities. Those activities start right now.

Who should appear on this listing?
Irish born, product based companies, who have an R&D function and an office in Dublin. They can be 10 minutes, or 10 years old, Irish owned or acquired.

Check out the 1200 Dublin Startups we have so far: bit.ly/DublinStartups

Thanks to the 30+ organizations who shared their data with us. And to David Ashe and Sarah Scannell at Dublin City Council who sifted through it to find the startups. And to Eoghan Martin and Sarah Leahy for making sure the final data set was as strong and well presented as possible.

So Community, over to you. Time to let loose on our perfect data with your additions, comments and corrections:)

Thank you, Niamh Bushnell

So you've always wanted to work with us?

The Dublin Startup Commissioner’s office is hiring for two full-time consultancy roles for 2016.

To be based at one of the coolest office spaces in Dublin city center, we’re looking for two project manager/community manager types who know and love startups, know and love people, run fast and work hard.

Your task in 2016 is a straightforward one - to help make Dublin an even greater city for starting, scaling, funding and dominating in global business.

Dublin is already one of the greatest cities for fun in the world. We’re out to make it one of the greatest cities for fun, global businesses.

Up to the task? Send your resume to Sheila@StartupDublin.com and include 100-200 words about why you’d love to work with us. Deadline - Wednesday, Dec 16th 12 noon GMT.

Interviews will take place in person on Dec 21st/22nd in Dublin. Start date is January - or sooner:)

Niamh Bushnell



Funding with Caution

When Peter Connor asked me to write the foreword to Bullet’s updated guide to government funding for startups I was initially a little cautious. “Funding” sometimes feels like the land of misplaced glory, more respected than real achievements for a company, like product/market fit, or dare I say it, customers and revenue.

I’ve also always been wary of too much government involvement in startup funding, and continue to actively campaign for more tax relief to increase private industry participation in picking and backing our best companies.

That said, it is super valuable to know about the grants, vouchers, matching funds etc that exist in Ireland for ambitious young companies and to be sure, they’ve been helpful to many. So, thanks Peter and colleagues for the opportunity. Here’s the guide and my short, slightly cautionary foreword:

When it comes to government funding for startups, there are generally two world views. The first says steer clear forever; seek smart, market driven money only, from angels first and then VCs. The second says, be open-minded; don’t let the bureaucracy get you down, take cheap or free money wherever you can find it. After all, the Internet was originally a government-funded project.

Whatever your world view, it’s always a good idea to weigh up the value of any money you’re raising before you dive too deeply into the process.

A great team, a passion for your customers, an appetite for speed, and a comfort with risk and failure. These are the characteristics of great startup businesses. Check these boxes first and you’re off to a good start.

Funding is starting and scaling fuel. It’s not an end game in itself. VCs invest in companies who have something big to prove through their vision and execution. Governments invest for the same reason. They want to support companies who are developing innovative new solutions, who have the tenacity to go out and compete in global markets, and yes, who can create jobs back home.

If you think government funding can fuel your great startup ambitions, you’ve come to the right place. Pick up this indispensable guide, put your head down and get started. We all look forward to supporting you!

Niamh Bushnell

Our Next Big Opportunity

“Irish startups are global companies” Sean Blanchfield told me in his warm, matter of fact way when we bumped into each other on the street in Dublin on a recent rainy night. “They’re a combination of European talent and US sensibility, and often people don’t even know they’re Irish”.

Sean is a serial entrepreneur, one of our best and most successful. These days he spends a lot of time in New York on his newest adtech venture, PageFair. He’s also one of the early leaders of Ireland’s startup ecosystem whose opinion and feedback I seek out as often as I can. In Dublin it’s easy to bump into people like Sean. Great conversations happen on the side of the street all the time here.

Right now, my office is busy setting the stage for some key 2016 initiatives. Last Wednesday, 50 multinational tech companies came for breakfast and confirmed their support for our startup engagement program, and next week we’ll release a database of 1,500 Dublin startups - the precursor to an ambitious tracking project we’re starting in January. We’re also planning a number of international mentoring programs in 2016, and want Dublin to play host to new and existing international tech conferences such as SaaStock and Berlin’s Tech Open Air.

It’s exciting to see all the new activity around startups in Dublin. It’s also exciting to see how many international success stories like PageFair are emerging from the city right now. Our next big opportunity is making sure the local ecosystem keeps pace with these companies and is mature enough to support them as they go global.

Networks, space, expertise, role models - and of course, international awareness of the connection between Dublin and these great exports.

2015 has been a breakout year for Dublin. Supporting and celebrating our born and bred global companies will make 2016 an even bigger one.


Niamh Bushnell

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