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Today the Commissioner for Start-ups in Dublin, Niamh Bushnell informed the community that she will be stepping down from March 2017. We have always viewed this office as an experiment and now as we reach the end of one phase it is now time to embed the learning into the permanent supports which exist for start up tech in Dublin. As Chairperson of Enterprise in Dublin City Council, I want to thank Niamh for her work and for the energy which she has given to the role.
So what’s next for the Office? The Commissioner will be continuing through to the end of March 2017. She will then step down as Commissioner and Dublin City Council will start work on a plan for the future of the Office. Through the Council’s Enterprise Committee I will be ensuring this review is focused on delivering continued support and builds on the learning we have made to date.
The Office will be sharing more specifics on the plans for key initiatives like the Dublin Globe, The Brekkie, Tech Concierge, Mentoring for Scale and TechIreland early in 2017.
In recent years Dublin City Council has had an increasing role in supporting startups through the Local Enterprise Offices (LEO). We have delivered other key projects from our partnership with Dublin Chamber (Activating Dublin) such as Dublin.ie and we are heading into our third year of the Dublin Economic Monitor. Legislation is also due to give the Council a key role in the development of the Digital Hub. There is no doubt that it is an exciting time for Enterprise in Dublin City. Let’s keep the momentum going.