Friday August 14, 2020

Accelerator’s lack of focus on regions comes under fire

Some 90 per cent of state-funded National Digital Research Centre’s training and funding programmes are planned for projects in Dublin

Killian Woods

Business reporter

26th July, 2020
Dorothy Creaven of Rent the Runway, based in Galway, says a boost for start-ups is a boost for jobs in the region

New plans for the National Digital Research Centre (NDRC), a state-funded start-up accelerator, have been criticised for a lack of emphasis on establishing programmes outside Dublin.

The NDRC provides training, mentorship and investment to early-stage companies, and is based in the Liberties in Dublin 8. It is operated under a concession agreement with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

Last year, the state committed to continuing to support the NDRC. A procurement process is...

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