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Dublin Plans Startups Commissioner

Dublin will soon have a 'commissioner for startups', who will be employed to maximise the potential of the capital's tech cluster.

The creation of the role follows a recommendation in the 2013 report called 'Activating Dublin', which was produced by Dublin Chamber, Dublin City Council and the Creative Dublin Alliance.

Activating Dublin co-founder and Dublin Chamber's chief executive, Gina Quin, says that 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,” she adds.

Quin says that the role will be funded by the private sector, facilitated by DCU's Ryan Academy, Dublin City Council and Enterprise Ireland. A two-year fixed-term contract is being offered to the inaugural commissioner, whose required credentials include CEO or equivalent-level experience in a fast-growth tech company. Candidates are also expected to have a minimum of ten years' experience in the tech startup sector. The closing date for applications is May 26 next.

Owen Keegan, Dublin city manager, says that the role will build on the success achieved to date in generating higher levels of startup activity for the Dublin tech sector. “We will be pleased to work with the commissioner as they support the work of EI, the Local Enterprise Office, IDA, venture capitalists, accelerators, third-level institutions and the wider startup community,” he adds.

The full job description and application details are available here: (May 2014)

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