Hubs in Ireland – Information Document
This document is to pull together information around hubs/co-working spaces in Ireland to make it easier for everyone to know structures, where the supports are, and to aim for more joined up thinking and action.
A snippet on hub structure from “Remote Work in Ireland – Future of Jobs 2019” is here.
The full document covering “Remote Work in Ireland – Future of Jobs 2019” is here.
National Association of Community Enterprise Centres
“The National Association of Community Enterprise Centres (NACEC) is a network of 120 community enterprise centres in the Republic of Ireland. Formed in 2008, its primary role is to support and develop the interests of community enterprise centres on a national basis. Many centres were developed in areas of low employment and population, with the support of Enterprise Ireland, County Enterprise Boards, Local Development Groups and other local community organisations.
If you are a Community Enterprise Centre in Ireland and would like to become a member of the National Association of Community Enterprise Centres please contact us for more information and to join see here.
The CoConnect Programme is a collaboration between the GEC and our fellow enterprise centres around Ireland. We offer entrepreneurs a ‘home away from home’ by engaging in collaborative efforts with our extensive network of centres. Together, we develop regional start-ups and support the growth of the entrepreneurial network across Ireland.
Mapping of Hubs
- Tech Ireland have a list of all hubs, private and public here: https://www.techireland.org/hubs
- NACEC, have a map of all publically funded hubs here: https://enterprisecentres.ie/location-map/
- Some hubs/spaces listed (probably somewhat out of date, but including for reference): https://www.thinkbusiness.ie/articles/coworking-spaces-in-ireland/
- The Western Development Commission’s Atlantic Economic Corridor have a map of all 101 hubs along the west here: https://www.atlanticeconomiccorridor.ie/hubs-map/
- Clare County Council have brought all Clare hubs together under one brand here: https://www.digiclare.ie/
- National Association of Community Enterprise Centres – NACEC
- Midland Network of Coworking Facilities MNCF
- includes Longford, Offaly, Westmeath and Laois.
- There is no dedicated page for the group yet
- There are plans in place for a dedicated page on the site for hubs
- Directory is at the bottom
- Facebook @MidlandsIreland.ie
- Tech Ireland
- They recently sent an update request email to the MNCF for updated information
Ongoing projects in the hub/co-working space:
- ATLANTIC ECONOMIC CORRIDOR (AEC) ENTERPRISE HUBS PROJECT
- “The AEC Enterprise Hubs Project is a three-year project to create an interconnected community network from the 101 hubs identified as either operating or in development, in the AEC region.”
- Longford CoCo are working on a pan EU project with a group in Finland to create best practices on deciding strategy around hubs/co-working spaces within a community
- Reach out if you’d like an introduction
- Grow Remote Ennis have linked in with them and are looking at best practices from the perspective of their hub network in Co Clare
- Guinness Enterprise centre – Prosper Series
- The Prosper Series is a Guinness Enterprise Centre initiative that develops a network of entrepreneurial support among Ireland’s counties. Each Prosper event involves early-stage companies presenting to key decision-makers from their same county who look to support economic development. The Prosper Series has launched in Kerry, Limerick, and Cavan
- University Partnership Programme – GEC
- University Programme connects top Universities and MBA Programmes around the world with Ireland’s most innovative entrepreneurs. These partnerships offer organisations access to some of the world’s best young entrepreneurial minds. It provides university students real-time business challenges, they gain work experience in an international setting and have the opportunity to use the GEC as their soft-landing pad for Europe.
REGIONAL CO-WORKING ANALYSIS – John Daly, Economist – 3 regional assemblies of Ireland
In general we’re reminded that while covid is influencing the space for the foreseeable, it won’t always have such a large impact on our lives. With that in mind we’re thinking about challenges (and opportunities) as either short-term (taking covid into account) or longer term.
Issues such as lack of sustainability, where funding is secured for a hub/space but a route to revenue isn’t clear. Not have a solid strategy in place to secure business, or lack of research to the needs of the local market.
A big piece coming up is community for hubs and spaces. There is a huge potential value add here and so many people are looking for a community to join when they use a hub or co-working space.
We are reminded that it’s not always about hardware for people using the spaces. And to look at opportunities depending on the location, urban vs rural and the demographics of the area.
If you would like anymore help, join the Slack channel or make contact with one of the above organisations.