Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Digital Hub Development Agency Welcomes New Companies to The Digital Hub

Fourteen growing digital companies have joined the enterprise cluster at Dublin’s Digital Hub in the third quarter of 2014, it was announced today (28.10.14). This brings the total of new arrivals at The Digital Hub to 28 since the start of the year.

The new companies, six of which are from outside the Republic of Ireland (namely, the UK, France, Norway, Sweden and the US), collectively employ 64 people at present and are expected to create 52 additional high-skilled jobs over the next six months. 

The new companies are:

·         ActionFinish aims to replace all those tedious paper based tasks, jobs and forms with one app to capture and manage them all. ActionFinish is due to launch in December 2014 on iOS with Android and Windows Phone versions launching early next year.
·         beActive is an Irish, award winning and EMMY-nominated TV, Film and Digital studio with a decade of experience in Film and TV production, international co-production, licensing and distribution of entertainment content across a multitude of platforms.
·         Boomerang is a global, strategic digital agency working with industry-leading pharmaceutical and healthcare companies that provides compelling digital solutions that are instrumental in closing the gap between companies, physicians, and patients alike.
·         Caramagic is an app producer. Its launch product is the MagicFriends digital puppet app for children and their parents. Built on the latest VoIP platform, it uses fun and friendly characters and voice changer technology. MagicFriends works by connecting and pairing two Apple mobile devices; iPad, iPhone or iPad touch 5 over a Wi-Fi connection. It has been developed in partnership with Marino Software, Giant Animation, Maynooth University and Athlone IT.
·         CertiVox is a UK based company specialising in IT security, in particular a product to replace password-based authentication for all online computing systems. CertiVox's proven expertise in both encryption and authentication means they can arm businesses and individuals with easy-to-use, certificateless security solutions for all things Internet.
·         Connector is an Irish company and works for clients like Sony Mobile, Allianz, Griffith College and a mix of startups and SMEs. Ventures include SocialMedia.ie, focused on specialist training and social media campaigns, and Futurology.ie which helps businesses to future proof and get ready for the Internet of Things.
·         Find the Best is a research engine focused on collecting, structuring, and connecting the world’s data — 88 billion facts to date — to give people the most information about their interests. The US company’s desktop site, mobile site, and embeddable widgets let people thoroughly research thousands of topics on one intuitive interface.
·         .GLOBAL is the new generic Top Level Domain (TLD) and gives organisations large and small a name that broadcasts and identifies them as global entities, operating on a universal scale. .GLOBAL, a Norwegian company, offers a trusted space entirely dedicated to existing and aspiring brands that aim to reach a market that transcends geographic and commercial borders.
·         Good Travel Software focuses on the sharing economy. Their first product Drop Car is yield management and fleet balancing software for large car share companies, ensuring that cars are distributed evenly around the city and maximising the daily revenue per car.  Good Travel Software owns all of the technology assets for the Whipcar P2P car sharing service and their software has been used by 39,000 members in the UK. 
·         H2 Learning is an Irish professional services organisation, providing a range of services in the areas of e-Learning and ICT in education. H2 Learning has experience in developing high-quality and interactive resources for the education market, on behalf of a range of public and private sector clients. H2 Learning works with schools, colleges and learning organisations to use ICT and e-Learning more effectively to enhance teaching, learning and assessment.
·         Juvo is a full service digital marketing agency which helps businesses to build and grow their online presence by developing bespoke solutions that span from web design and development, graphic design to online marketing, SEO and social media campaigns.
·         PlayON.co is a UK-based sports entertainment business, operating in the fantasy sports sector. The company enables people to play daily and weekly fantasy sports games against each other, for free or for cash. Since launching a year ago, PlayON has attracted customers from over 100 different countries. The company has offices in Dublin and London and former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler is their official Ambassador.
·         PriceSpy is Ireland's first online shopping product and price comparison service. Listing more than 115,000 products from nearly 500 Irish online stores, PriceSpy enables shoppers compare prices and have all the information at their fingertips to make smart shopping decisions. PriceSpy is a part of the international media group Schibsted ASA, owner of popular Irish website Donedeal.ie, with headquarters in Oslo, Norway.
·         Shake is an online network that privately connects students and graduates with hiring managers using algorithms that analyse and match suitable candidates with career opportunities. Users discover opportunities by creating their private profile and building a career timeline. Companies can promote jobs, internships and graduate programmes through Shake.

The latest additions bring the total number of companies now operating at The Digital Hub to 85.

Commenting today, Gerry Macken, CEO of The Digital Hub, said: “It is with great pleasure that I welcome the newest tranche of companies to The Digital Hub. It’s fantastic to see that no less than fourteen additional companies have joined us in the third quarter of 2014 alone, bringing the total of new companies this year to 28. 

“Here at The Digital Hub, we aim to help digital media companies grow and prosper, providing a supportive environment where they will be at the centre of a vibrant, innovation-focused community, sharing knowledge, exchanging ideas and forming partnerships.

“With 85 companies now working from our campus, it is clear that investment in the marketplace is moving along at a steady pace and The Digital Hub is continuing to grow and add value to the wider economy. In addition, our recent success at the IIA Net Visionary Awards, picking up the ‘Very Best Place to be’ award, is testament to our understanding of the needs of the digital media and technology companies here on campus, and we continuously strive to facilitate and support them in any way we can.”

Peter Soutter, CEO of Good Travel Software, commented on why he chose to locate his business at The Digital Hub: “Good Travel Software was established through the Launchpad programme in the NDRC which happens to be located on The Digital Hub campus. It was a great place to start our business and we have loved working in an environment full of technology focused companies.

“We have now outgrown the space but we wanted to remain in The Digital Hub and continue to benefit from the collaboration and idea exchange that thrives in the area.”

For more information about The Digital Hub, visit www.thedigitalhub.com