Business Innovation Hub to Create 100 Jobs in Cork
Buckley Kiely client Republic of Workhas recently announced they will open a new business innovation hub in Cork City next month which they hope will support the creation of up to 100 jobs over the next 18 months.
The Entreprenuers Behind the Venture
Chief Executive, DC Cahalane is delighted to be bringing an initiative, the largest of it’s kind in the region, to his beloved Cork. Cahalan, founder of BuiltInCork, former vice president for growth and marketing atTeamwork.com and former chief marketing officer at Trustev, has long been promoting and supporting businesses in the Cork region. Cahalane is joined by Dave Ronayne, chief executive of Irish Mainport Holdings and IBEC‘s regional president for Cork.
At the Heart of the City
The Bank of Ireland backed business hub will be based in the heart of the city at 12 South Mall.
The 15,000 sq ft hub will feature an ‘airport lounge style’ business lounge for casual meetings and networking, a meetings and event space, and three WorkHub co-working areas with 160 desks available on a 30-day, no contract basis. The hub comes with three board rooms, a meeting space for 100 people, two classrooms and a dedicated innovation centre for corporate off-site meetings and brainstorming sessions.
Who Will Use It?
The building is intended for use by businesses of all scales – from solopreneurs, start-ups, SMEs, and multinationals – across all sectors.
It will operate on a monthly membership model with various membership plans on offer. Members will enjoy free access to business software, special events and exclusive access to industry experts through workshops, office hours, and business coaching sessions.
So Much More Than Just a Building
Going far beyond just putting a roof over members’ heads, Cahalane explains they are “committed to [members’] success through a unique blend of community networking, innovation training and providing access to the latest technology and work practices. We want to expose our members to global best practice and help them take their businesses to the next level.”
Support from Industry Leading Muscle
Pat Phelan, who founded Trustev and oversaw its sale to TransUnion for €44m in 2015 is the chairman of the new hub’s advisory board which also includes Dan and Linda Kiely, founders of Cork-based global outsourcing giant VoxPro.
To Friendship & Success
Both Cahalane and Phelan remain close friends with many of us at Buckley Kiely since they opened the initial Trustev office in our building some years ago. We are delighted to continue to work with them as they start out on another exciting venture and we wish them every success!