Inishowen Digital Innovation Hub

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theii  =  Inishowen Digital Innovation Hub
Nurturing a digital innovation eco-system in Ireland's Inishowen Peninsula
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Project Status: Live Project
Project Leader: Caitriona Strain
EU Programme: ERNACT
Project Budget:  €2,171,550
Start Date:  Apr, 2018
Finish Date:  Dec, 2023
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The aim of the project is to:

The aim of this project is to equip the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal with the innovation capacity to create more jobs and new tech enterprises.

Specific objectives are to:
  • Integrate the enterprise sectors in Inishowen into the region’s wider innovation ecosystem
  • Increase the uptake of innovation and entrepreneurship services in enterprises
  • Stimulate the private sector to increase the supply of suitable tech property solutions
Donegal, Ireland
ERNACT Network   (Partner)
ERNACT are providing a project management service to the Inishowen Digital Hub during the development and construction phase of the project. This includes liaison with the funders, serving the board, communications and progress reporting.

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Donegal, Ireland
Donegal County Council   (Partner)
The Council, in addition to providing the site and building for the hub, bring their experience, resources and expertise in developing large capital projects. The Council will also bring their enterprise and community development skills to the project

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Donegal, Ireland
Enterprise Ireland   (Partner)
Enterprise Ireland provide the major funding for this project through their Regional Enterprise Development Fund (REDF). They will use the hub as a base for delivering innovation, research and enterprise programmes to enterprises in Inishowen.

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Northern & Western, Ireland
Atlantic Technological University (ATU)   (Partner)
The ATU brings their experience of developing digital hubs, as well as expertise in developing technology transfer, skills and innovation programmes. LYIT will act as a gateway to innovation and research networks across Ireland.

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The hub will be a focus for connecting Inishowen to the wider regional tech ecosystem to provide a range of innovation, technology transfer and enterprise support services from LYIT/CoLab, IDA, EI and LEO to potential start-ups and to existing small businesses in more traditional sectors to help improve their processes, products, services, marketing and sales.

It aims to be a focus for increasing the level of digital innovation, education and training in Inishowen communities as a basis for further employment and job creation. It also helps to meet the local demand from small digital enterprises and entrepreneurs for small office/co-working space and the demand from MNOs in the Letterkenny Digital Cluster for high quality, attractive e-work space nearer to where existing and potential highly skilled workers reside.

Core ERNACT regions
Newfoundland & Labrador
South Ostrobothnia
Upper Franconia
West Romania
Derry & Strabane
United Kingdom