Set up in January 2017, TechIreland has made Ireland’s startup ecosystem visible and tangible to all stakeholders for the very first time.
The aim is to provide the most comprehensive map of Ireland’s startup ecosystem and community. TechIreland offers sortable and filterable information on incubators, accelerators, funding opportunities, startups, networks, coworking spaces, research bodies and other associated services.
Beyond guiding entrepreneurs, the initiative also allows policymakers to track companies as they progress, and learn what’s strong and what’s missing from the ecosystem.
TechIreland is initiative from the Dublin Commissioner for Startups. TechIreland is a now an independent not for profit.
Mapping City Resources:
When it comes to digital startups, maps can be helpful to understand where such firms are physically located – especially if their business activities otherwise leave little obvious sign. Maps can help identify clusters, their structures and their unique assets, allowing policymakers to proceed from a better-informed position. Importantly, however, it should be realised that ‘digital’ startups often do not reveal themselves through conventional business data – many standard industry classification schemes, for instance, have failed to keep pace with digital innovation and often obscure more than they reveal about the nature of local businesses. The most informative maps may therefore need to use novel data-gathering techniques and alternative metrics.
Maps also serve a wider purpose, showcasing an ecosystem and helping different elements locate each other. Presenting city-level ecosystem data in map format is a visually appealing, easy to navigate and relatively cost-effective method of information sharing. Through a combination of visualizations, charts and table data, platforms can showcase the contributions being made in each sectoral cluster. Well-designed platforms allow the data to be dynamically linked, making real time updates possible. As well, filtering mechanisms which allow the user to only extract the data they need, making the map embeddable, and any analysis tools available, are an added bonus.
Read more about this type of policy approach in Nesta's Idea Bank for Policymakers.