A Digital Innovation Hub in Inishowen

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ERUDITE project's Regional Action Plan in County Donegal (Ireland) has contributed the approval of a new Digital Hub.
22 March 2018 - ERUDITE  project
Donegal County (Ireland) has been awarded substantial funding from Enterprise Ireland to develop a Digital Innovation Hub in Inishowen. This Hub will be a focus for connecting Inishowen peninsula to the wider regional tech ecosystem to provide innovation, technology transfer and enterprise support. 

The development of this Digital Hub will be managed by Donegal Digital partnership, which includes Donegal County Council, LYIT, Enterprise Ireland, IDA, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Pramerica, Fáilte Ireland and ERNACT (also partner in the ERUDITE project). The creation of digital innovation hubs in key locations across Donegal County was a key action identified by the partnership and the Inishowen peninsula is one such location. "Our participation in ERUDITE has helped us to better define with our stakeholders of the Donegal Digital Action Plan the actions that can be implemented to foster the digital activity through the hub. Experiences from Slovenia and France have brought inspiration in its definition", explains Jose Manuel San Emeterio, Project Manager at ERNACT and ERUDITE project partner.

Welcoming the announcement, Donegal Digital Chairperson, Brian Boyle, stated that, "successfully landing this project demonstrates the added-value of sustained and meaningful cooperation between the county’s development agencies, the Council, 3rd level and private sectors within the framework of a Digital Strategy to deliver concrete investment that can positively impact on jobs and people’s lives".

About Inishowen
Inishowen has a population catchment of 200,000 within a 30-minute drive, mainly due to the City of Derry on its southern border. Its population of 40,000 is 25% larger than Co. Leitrim and the same as Co. Longford. It is equal in size to the Letterkenny Municipal District.

Its largest town, Buncrana, (also Donegal’s second largest town), has access to a university and two further 3rd-level institutions within this catchment, i.e., Ulster University (Derry), LYIT (Letterkenny) and North West College (Derry). Together they produce a total of approximately 3,000 information technology, business and design students each year. Inishowen also has a regional airport (City of Derry) with international connections to London and other major UK airport hubs.

This project, funded by Interreg Europe program, aims to assist rural and more marginal urban regions across Europe to develop, design, implement and improve digital services that capitalise on the potential offered by High Speed Broadband Networks and catalyse regional innovation capacity.

Find out more about the ERUDITE project.

Click here to email  Ianire Renobales at ERNACT for further information

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