The Digital Hub has welcomed 29 companies and organisations to its Dublin 8 campus since the start of 2022. Of the 26 companies, 19 are new companies, two are longer-term alumni who have decided to return operations to The Digital Hub and five are companies who had left during 2020-21 and have since returned last year.
Collectively, the new companies are leasing over 16,000 sq. ft. of office space. A total of 48 member companies now reside at The Digital Hub, up from 29 at the beginning of 2022 and collectively employing over 400 people.
Among the companies who joined the campus in the last half of 2022 are Usheru, a collaborative company using data intelligence to transform the filmmaking industry, PatientMPower, a developer of remote monitoring health solutions for patients living with chronic diseases, who return to The Digital Hub, and Henny Penny Vintage, an e-commerce vintage clothing outlet focused on sustainable fashion.
The Digital Hub has also welcomed VM Digital, a digital marketing and production agency, Payoma, a Digital Payment Solutions Provider, and Pocket Forests, a collective group bringing integrated nature projects to urban spaces, to their growing group of member companies in the latter half of 2022.
The creative nature of The Digital Hub’s surrounding area is reflected in a growing sub-cluster of artistic companies residing in the campus. This cluster includes London and Dublin based theatre group Dead Centre, who became members of The Digital Hub in the mid-2022. Dead Centre joins existing groups Block T, field:arts, PhotoIreland and Pallas Projects who also became member companies of The Digital Hub last year. Thanks to the collaboration with Block T and Pallas Projects there are now over 60 artists and craftspeople using studios in Digital Hub buildings.
In 2022, The Digital Hub’s multipurpose spaces including iD8 Studio, Studio 2, and Bay 1 were in high demand for events, rehearsal space, training days and meetings, with over 330 days of the calendar year used as such, collectively across all three locations. Local educational institutes BIMM Dublin and NCAD utilised multipurpose spaces for a number of classes throughout the year. The Abbey Theatre was among five theatre companies which occupied space for rehearsals. 50% of the days booked were by organisations external to The Digital Hub, showcasing the increased demand for flexible networking and collaboration options in Dublin city.
Fiach Mac Conghail, CEO of The Digital Hub, said: “Last year, it was encouraging to welcome a diverse range of innovative companies to The Digital Hub. The increased demand for event and meeting space is reflective of a return to regular in-person gatherings following the challenges that were encountered over the past number of years. Our reputation as a location of choice for Irish and international businesses is evident from an increase in new member companies and the return of alumni organisations over the past year and I look forward to welcoming further innovative companies to our campus in 2023.”
Ollie Fegan, CEO of Usheru, said: “Collaboration is at the heart of Usheru’s operations and joining a campus of like-minded, innovative individuals and businesses is a positive move in developing our business. The Digital Hub is an ideal location with a variety of companies from diverse backgrounds collectively together on one campus in a central Dublin location. Developing technology that supports filmmakers to bring stories to life on screen is a focus of our work and we look forward to developing our operations at The Digital Hub over the coming year.”
Áine Hennessy, Founder of Henny Penny Vintage said: “As the sole operator of a business, it was a great opportunity to join a community of innovative and creative businesses developing solutions to everyday societal challenges. Henny Penny Vintage is shifting a focus from fast fashion to sustainable style by providing quality, vintage clothing for all sizes. The Digital Hub’s community and dedication to sustainable initiatives proved that the campus was a perfect fit to move business operations to an environment surrounded by a supportive network. I look forward to continuing to operate Henny Penny Vintage at The Digital Hub campus.”
The companies and organisations that have joined or returned to The Digital Hub campus in 2022 are:
- ACGT Vector
- Block T
- BIMM Institute Dublin
- Bitcoin Marketing Team
- CB Media
- Dead Centre
- Dublin Inquirer
- Eclipse Pictures
- Henny Penny Vintage
- Hustl + Flo
- Pallas Projects
- Pocket Forests
- Robert Emmet Community Development Project
- Rolling News
- South Wind Blows
- Verdant Productions
- VM Digital
For a full list of companies at The Digital Hub see www.thedigitalhub.com/member-directory