Dublin’s first commissioner for start-ups Niamh Bushnell

Serial entrepreneur Niamh Bushnell has been announced as the first Dublin Commissioner for Start-ups, a position which has been funded Photo of Niamh Bushnellprivately though the Dublin City University Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurs.  Drawing on her extensive experience of the start-up sector, from co-founding her first company, Pan Research, in Dublin in 1996 to her recent appointment as Entrepreneur in Residence at Talent Tech Labs in Manhattan, Niamh will assume strategic responsibility for making Dublin the best place in Europe to start and grow a tech and innovative business.                                

The new Commissioner will work in conjunction with Dublin City Council and Enterprise Ireland and the Local Enterprise Offices to maximise the potential of Dublin’s existing business ecosystem which already supports a wide range of tech and innovative start-ups and acts as a base for many global tech companies.  A key responsibility in the position will be to develop international recognition of Dublin as an innovation hub where companies will start-up, scale faster and create long-term sustainable jobs and added value to the economy.

The role of Dublin Commissioner for Start-Ups was created on the recommendation of the Activating Dublin Initiative spearheaded by Dublin Chamber of Commerce and Dublin City Council.  As Commissioner, Niamh will help generate a higher level of start-up activity in the Dublin region and position Dublin as a leading global innovation and tech start-up centre.

Speaking about her new role as Start-Up Commissioner for Dublin, Niamh said, “It’s been so exciting to see the Dublin tech scene rise up over the last few years.  We have the opportunity to build on the success to date and become one of the great start-up capitals of the world and I’m looking forward to helping us get there and stay there.”