I now have almost 60 days under my belt as the Dublin Commissioner for Startups. I’ve met a lot of great people these last two months and many of you are asking me the same questions. The Commissioner role is pretty unique and since I’ve been given a blank canvas to work with, it’s also still evolving, but here are some elements that are already set in stone:
My office is completely independent and my position is privately funded. We will leverage private and public funding and resources to operate.
Enterprise Ireland and Dublin City Council are key supporters and enablers of my mission to promote Dublin as a great city to start and scale a business.
Our work will mainly focus on tech companies in Dublin but that doesn’t mean we’ll ignore everyone and everywhere else. We hope and want our work to benefit the country as a whole.
I have 2 years in this role (through October 2016) and have an office in the Docklands and at DCC in Woodquay.
My approach is collaborative from start to finish. My office will shine a light and help to strengthen great initiatives, events and organizations already working in Dublin such as DublinBeta, DubStarts and Startup Ireland. We’ll also partner with organizations and individuals across the ecosystem to deliver new and needed projects like the Dublin Data Project soon to be announced.
I took this job because I believe deep down in entrepreneurship, the ability of startups to change the world for the better and the potential of Dublin to be a great startup capital that’s innately Irish in its character and worldclass in its execution.
I hope you’ll all join me on this big and exciting adventure!