The 10,000 sq ft hub, which was officially launched , is the first of its kind in a non-urban area in Ireland and offers a range of supports and services for businesses. It aims is to provide start-ups with the environment and mentoring support required to research and commercialise opportunities.
The hub will be located at the refurbished Old Bakery building which will be renamed ‘The Ludgate Hub’. It was made available for the initiative by local entrepreneur John Field and is due for completion in November. An initial 75 jobs will be created in the hub’s start up phase.
The group operates as a non-profit company and has worked on a pro-bono basis over the last 12 months.
“The hub will act as a catalyst for local economic development by initially housing up to 75 digital, technology and science innovators,” said Leonard Donnelly, of the Ludgate@Skibbereen Steering Group and former Chairman of Dublin Digital Hub Development Agency.
Communications Minister Alex White said, “Harnessing digital technology is critical to Ireland’s continued success. The Government’s National Broadband Plan has created the conditions for accelerated commercial investment in high-speed broadband services, which is enabling projects like Ludgate@Skibbereen."