City Guide: Dublin

323734_5565Ranking consistently in a leading spot on Forbe’s ‘Best Countries for Business’ list since 2010, Ireland boasts a vibrant digital sector. Its capital city, Dublin, has become a major tech hub over the past decade – serving as the European base for many multinational IT companies (10 of the top 10 global ICT companies and 9 of the top 10 global software companies have offices in the city).

The city benefits from a constant influx of global tech professionals joining the 1.8 million residents of the greater Dublin area, with many international tech workers setting up home in ‘Silicon Docks’ – a reference to ‘Silicon Valley’ and the heavyweight tech companies located in this city-central docklands area.

Not surprisingly, Dublin boasts a growing number of collaborative innovations and initiatives stemming from the city’s hyperconnected and highly skilled workforce. Incubators and accelerators are also fueling new sharing initiatives and platforms.

Take a look at the list below.



GoCar – an o**** NO REPRODUCTION FEE *** DUBLIN : 31/07/2014 : Ireland?s only car sharing initiative, GoCar is this week celebrating its one year anniversary. To celebrate the anniversary, GoCar is offering to wave the ¤50 sign-up fee for the service for anyone who joins before midnight on August 1st as well as offering the first hour of use completely free of charge. For more visit Pictured celebrating its GoCar one year anniversary was Colm Brady, Managing Director of GoCar Ireland. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.MEDIA CONTACT : John Torsney, or Natalie Tennyson, tel : 01649 6486n demand, pay-by-the-hour vehicle rental service that offers a real alternative to ownership (pictured / collaborative pioneer interview).

DublinBikes – on-demand bike sharing service throughout the city.

Uber Dublin – connecting passengers with private cars for hire.





Finance, Banking & Crowdfunding

Brett Meyers co-founder CurrencyFair

CurrencyFair – online peer-to-peer currency exchange market place, based in Dublin (pictured / collaborative pioneer interview).

FundIt – an Irish platform for artists with creative ideas to attract funding from friends, fans and followers across the world.

GRID Finance – a peer-to-peer financing platform for Irish businesses and community. organisations, based in Dublin.

iCrowdFund – a crowdfunding platform supporting donation, reward & equity based options in Ireland.

iDonate – online charity fundraising platform.

iFundraise – Irish Club, School Fundraising, Sports Club Donations platform.

Indiegogo – the easy way to raise money for yourself or someone you love.

Kickstarter – a community of millions of people committed to creating incredible things.

LinkedFinance – peer-to-peer lending for SMEs, based in Dublin.

SeedUps – equity crowdfunding for technology start-ups.




Temple Bar Pub Dublin

FabFoodTrails – follow Dublin’s fabulous tasting trail to discover bakeries, food halls, street markets, cheesemongers, delicatessens and other speciality shops.

Ingenious Ireland – fun science focused tours of Dublin in the Summer – discover Irish ideas and inventions that changed the world.

Shiroube – insider tours of Dublin in almost any language.

Vayable – many novel ways to visit Dublin like a local, from a photo-lovers tour to a haunted history walking tour.



Airbnb Dublin – more than 2,000 Dublin listings on Airbnb – and a selection of unique places in Ireland.

Home Exchange – 180 homes homes in Dublin.

Home for Exchange – 27 homes in Dublin.

HomeStay – 63 homes within 4 miles of the city center.

Roomorama – Dublin short term rentals, Dublin accommodation and vacation rentals.


Food Sharing


Dublin Food Co-op – Dublin’s member-owned cooperative shop and community – organic wholefoods, dairy, and bakery.

FoodCloud – brings food businesses and charities together to reduce both food waste and food poverty, based in Dublin (pictured / collaborative pioneer interview).




CoderDojo Dublin – free IT coding clubs for children between 10 – 18 years of age.

LanguageExchange – weekly language exchange matching native speakers with learners.

Mentors – bringing together business owners with successful, experienced mentors.

UniWink – a collaborative online learning platform, helping undergraduate college students boost their grades


Collaborative Working Spaces – with various networking, community, innovation and entrepreneurial support levels.

BLOCK T – co-working space igniting arts, culture and creative practice.

Cluster – co-working in the centre of Dublin.

Co-create – co-working space in central Dublin.

Coworkinn – collaborative, shared, office space.

Digital Hub – flexible and affordable high-spec office space with world-class infrastructure and services (pictured).

Dogpatch Labs – co-working space for scaling technology start-ups located in the heart of the Dublin Docklands.

DoSpace – floating co-working community located on a barge in central Dublin.

element78 – serviced flexible work space and office space in central Dublin.

Fumbally Exchange (FEx) – shared office space and community collaboration.

Hive @Liffey Trust – a place where tech start-ups can work, meet, collaborate, network and learn.

TCube Dublin – a social enterprise co-working space for software, web and mobile tech freelancers, entrepreneurs and start-ups.

TOG Dublin Hackerspace – a supportive hackerspace in the centre of Dublin.

Tribal – early stage venture fund and co-location hub for technology start-ups.

VERSARI Hub – turnkey & flexible solutions to premise & infrastructure needs.



WeCreate – make, work, learn, based on the MIT FabLab model.



Exchange Dublin – a collective arts centre run holding discussions, gigs, visual arts and performance.



FrocknFabulous – making high-end designer dresses accessible to the ‘girl next door’.

RentMyDress – P2P platform for anyone to rent their dress.

SellMyWeddingDress – P2P platform to buy and sell once loved wedding dresses.

Siopaella – a swap boutique and consignment shop for pre-loved designer clothing & accessories.



Etsy – community of Etsy sellers based in Dublin.



FanFootage – turning fans into a crowdsourced video crew.

iRegister – an online event registration software to create an event website easily and sell tickets online for events in Ireland.



ThankFrank – a community of savvy shoppers who help others find the best stuff online, no strings attached.


Sustainable Living

Eco-Village Cloughjordan – a sustainable development 2 hours outside Dublin with 114 homes, 16 live/work units, and an enterprise centre to provide workspace and services to facilitate the growth of eco entrepreneurship.


On-demand services

CleanMyHome – matching people who need their house cleaned to self-employed cleaners. – book a local and reliable house cleaner.

HouseMyDog – the cage free alternative to kennels, find the perfect minder for your dog.

MinderFinders – babysitting club to provide trusted childcare outside crèche hours.

Pucker – connecting freelance beauticians, stylists and hairdressers with last minute clients.


B2B collaboration

Car Trawler – partnership for online travel brands and ground transportation companies worldwide.

Smile Exchange – free service for businesses that encourages exchanging of resources.



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