Minister Donohoe Opens Talent Garden Dublin Campus

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Minister Paschal Donohoe at Talent Garden Dublin

The launch of our Dublin campus in partnership with Dublin City University marks the first groundbreaking European Coworking-University strategic partnership that will serve the needs of global tech leaders based in Ireland. The official opening featured special guests like Paschal Donohoe TD, Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform and Brian MacCraith, the President of DCU.


Dublin is Talent Garden’s first capital city campus and was chosen for its next wave of international expansion. The campus is a 3,500 sq ft facility that provides a digitally innovative and flexible workspace for freelancers, startups and corporate innovation labs with a capacity for 350 people.  It will provide its members with access and opportunity to collaborate with our network of 3,500 tech professionals helping companies and freelancers to internationalise. With our now 23 campuses in 8 countries in Europe and the planned new facility in San Francisco will build a connection between the EU and US, providing global opportunities for all our members.


At the official launch on the 15th of October, Intel announced that as part of their ongoing collaboration with DCU they will have a presence at Talent Garden. The company is looking to identify and enable an indigenous cohort of AI/Computer Vision innovators through the provision of its technology, as well as providing a structured programme of technical guidance and support under one roof. We will be their home for the co-creation of better AI for computer vision.


Speaking at the launch Paschal Donohoe TD, Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform said “When the Government launched the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund, we were especially hoping to see MNC’s engage with start-ups and academic institutes in areas such as Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision amongst others. With the launch of Talent Garden Dublin, we now have an innovation platform through which this can be accelerated – as evidenced by today’s announcement of the Intel programme, supported by Talent Garden and DCU. Ireland’s new economy needs facilities like this to continue to survive and thrive in a digitised world. We are therefore delighted to see Talent Garden Dublin open its doors on the old Enterprise Ireland HQ site, itself dating back to the formation of modern Irish industrial policy; a fitting location for this innovative, forward thinking and strategic initiative.”


Also DCU President, Professor Brian MacCraith said “the launch of Talent Garden Dublin on our Alpha Innovation Campus, and our exciting Digital Innovation & Skills partnership with Talent Garden places DCU firmly at the epicentre of the technological transformation taking place in this country and across Europe. The worlds of work and learning are rapidly blending together and Talent Garden Dublin offers a unique combination of innovation and education which will help start-ups, SMEs and multinationals, navigate the opportunities created by the Disruptive Technologies we are all seeing emerge. Through this unique DCU-Talent Garden partnership, Talent Garden goes way beyond co-working as it is currently understood in Ireland, and into the fields of accredited digital skills training, corporate digital transformation, as well as creating international connectivity for Irish start-ups looking to scale up in other markets.”


Talent Garden Dublin is co-founded by Luca Ascani, Salvatore Esposito and Niall O’Connor, successful tech entrepreneurs based in Ireland.  Our founder and CEO Davide Dattoli, shared his reasoning and vision for the future “As Ireland is the largest English-speaking country in the eurozone, and is already the leading HQ for many of the global tech companies we work with, it has great appeal. We are inspired by the nurturing and cultivating entrepreneurial environment. It is, we believe, one of the best countries in the world to do business in and has become our most important office in Europe from which to springboard our members globally, particularly in the context of Brexit.”  and added “Although coworking facilities will account for 30% of total corporate workspace by 2030, our focus is on building a community of shared values and a dynamic ecosystem of digital innovation where members meet, work, learn and collaborate together”. This environment is cultivated through workshops, fireside chats with global tech leaders, start-up advisory sessions, VC mentoring, fund-raising and panel debates. The first details of its VC in Residence programme were also announced during the opening. Launching in December, it will commence with fireside chats with Brian Caulfield, Co-founder of Coderdojo, Bill Liao of SOS Ventures and Talent Garden’s Luca Ascani.


According to Davide there is a war for digital talent in Ireland as the structure of work is changing and new models emerge “I am hearing again and again from managers that the lack of a strong pipeline for digital talent is concerning especially for data analysts, Ecommerce and digital professionals and today I am proud to announce details of our Talent Garden Innovation School.” The school focuses on training in areas such as AI, Growth Hacking, AR/VR, Coding, Blockchain as well as leadership, design etc. Its highly regarded digital skills bootcamp model has a proven track record in upskilling entrepreneurs and assisting corporates on their digital transformation journeys across Europe. The Dublin school will open on 30th October with a lecture from new faculty member, international business mogul Phuong Uyen Tran, Deputy CEO of Tan Hiep Phat (THP) Group.


Talent Garden Dublin has a range of tech companies already signed up. Our first members include Robotify which teaches kids how to code by using real-life robots; Virago Learning, an eLearning and mentoring platform for female entrepreneurs designed to help them market themselves and their business using digital marketing tools and Black Onyx, Mobile app development, UX design and game creation company.