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DateFriday, April 24, 2015
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Irish Coworking is European Gateway

tcube's John Finnegan Reports on Vibrant Interest in Irish Coworking Spaces as US Startups Take First Steps into Europe

 

 

John Finnegan, partner at tcube (@tcubedublin), a coworking space for tech startups and freelancers in Dublin city centre, has claimed that there is a bouyant interest from the US companies in Ireland's tech startup scene.

 

 

His insight was gained whilst attending investment summits as a guest of the Ireland, Gateway to Europe's (@Gateway_Ireland) trade mission which took place recently throughout Chicago and Atlanta.

 

 

Ireland, Gateway to Europe (IGTE) is a private-sector led, not for profit trade mission. Their 2015 investment summit were organised with the aim of promoting Ireland as the number one choice for US companies investing in Europe.

 

 

Beginning with a conference in Notre Dame University with leading US academic and business thought leaders, business schools and it's world renowned business alumni, the 50 strong delegation of Irish business leaders then moved on to the Willis Tower, downtown Chicago for an Investment Summit which was attended by over 200 C-Level executives. The Chicago leg of the IGTE summits culminated with a business dinner hosted by the Irish Consul General, Mr Aidan Cronin. The tour also included a investment "meet-ups" in the iconic ‘1871' technology start up hub,  and Atlanta's World Trade Centre where there were a series of engagements with private equity and venture capital community.

 

 

Talking from the 1871 Chicago (@1871Chicago) incubator, Finnegan said that whilst in Chicago and Atlanta he met over 300 CEO's of US companies, and startup founders. "When our conversations began, they [the startups] immediately showed immense interest in the Irish coworking culture, seeing it as a low cost, low risk step as they dipped their toes in to the European water."

 

Finnegan added that his coworking space has evolved significantly over the last year and is now located in the iconic Guinness Mahon Bank building on Trinity Street. "Coworking is evolving in Ireland and we have over 20 people located in tcube permanently. We are also now seeing the demand for daily coworking space on the increase, and are opening a daytime space in Temple Bar to serve these people specifically."

 

US startups were also encouraged to come to Ireland in October to get involved in the Start-up Gathering, an initiative of Eoin Costello's (@eoinKcostello) Startup Ireland (@startupireland).

 

Finnegan said; "For those international startups and companies who are considering a European market expansion the Startup Gathering presents a great opportunity to sample the technology and business eco-system here, and get to talk to people from both the startup community and IDA Ireland."

 

He added that tcube will be hosting several startup and technology events during Startup Gathering week.

 

 

 

Coworking Space in Dublin city centre for tech startups and freelancers - tcube dublin

 

 

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