It was announced this week that Europe’s largest co-working network, Talent Garden, will launch a new hub for digital innovation, in partnership with Dublin City University this autumn. This will be the first collaboration of its kind in Europe.
Talent Garden is now the largest European co-working and digital innovation network, hosting hundreds of start up companies and working with large corporates, including the likes of BMW, Google and Electrolux, in 23 campuses across seven European countries.
It is anticipated that the Talent Garden Dublin space will appeal both to early stage start-ups and to larger corporate 'innovation labs', who will be attracted by the University-Coworking partnership model, as well as the existing established community of digital and Internet of Things innovators based in DCU Alpha.
Work will begin immediately on the fit-out of the Talent Garden Dublin building, with an expected completion date of September 2018. The space will provide capacity for 350 desks, the Talent Garden Innovation School, multiple corporate innovation labs, a large event space and an Italian themed café/restaurant.
The co-working building will also feature Talent Garden’s Innovation School, a digital skills ‘bootcamp’ education platform, which will work in partnership with DCU Business School to upskill entrepreneurs and assist corporates on their ‘digital transformation’ journeys. Crucially members of Talent Garden Dublin can also avail of the platform anywhere in the growing Talent Garden network of facilities across 18 cities in Europe. The local partners of Talent Garden Dublin are Luca Ascani, Salvatore Esposito and Niall O’Connor, successful tech entrepreneurs based in Ireland.
Speaking at the announcement, Talent Garden founder and CEO Davide Dattoli said, "As Ireland will soon be the largest English-speaking member of the eurozone and is already the leading HQ for many of the Global Tech companies we work with, Talent Garden are very excited to bring our unique digital innovation and coworking model to Ireland. In DCU, we have found a University partner with the same entrepreneurial DNA and ambition as Talent Garden, which made the selection process easy. The existing DCU Alpha community of digital and IoT innovators is the perfect home for us, while the University partnership will help us to scale our Innovation School offering globally."