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Dublin seeks Commissioner for start-ups

Friday, May 02 10:20:35

Dublin is looking for a Commissioner for Start-Ups to make the city among the best in the world in which to start and grow a business.

The role is a private sector funded initiative being facilitated by the DCU Ryan Academy with support and cooperation from Dublin City Council and Enterprise Ireland.

The new role aims to create a position with strategic responsibility for maximising the potential of Dublin's tech cluster, following on from the Activating Dublin report #bestplacetostart launched in August 2013.

Activating Dublin co-founder and Dublin Chamber Chief Executive, Gina Quin, said: "The goal is to have Dublin recognised internationally as a place to start-up and scale faster. Dublin already has a thriving tech ecosystem driven by a strong grassroots community, global companies and support agencies, but it's a competitive space. Making sure we're maximising their efforts requires localised coordination which this role offers."

The job specification states that the role will be a "demanding and high profile position that will require the successful candidate to have experience of operating at CEO or equivalent level in a fast growth technology company and a minimum of 10 years experience in the tech start-up sector, with a proven track record of achieving demanding targets and objectives."

Ms Quin said that, in designing this role, Dublin looked to the structures in place in other international cities like Startup Chile in Santiago, Tech City in London, and San Francisco.

Dublin City Manager, Owen Keegan, said: "This role will build on the success achieved to date to generate a higher level of start-up activity and maximise the impact on the tech sector in Dublin. We will be pleased to work with the Commissioner as they support the work of EI, the Local Enterprise Office (LEO), IDA, venture capitalists, accelerators, third level institutions and the wider startup community in assisting and promoting Dublin as a startup location."

DCU Ryan Academy CCO, Eoghan Stack, said: "Through an increased focus, better co-ordination and combined promotional effort Dublin's startup eco-system can gain global recognition and ensure maximum benefit of the cluster for the business and economy. Becoming an international hub for tech startups will hugely benefit the indigenous startups as the history of Silicon Valley demonstrated, where immigrants founded 52.4pc of the startups from 1995 to 2005."