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Innovate Dublin Spring E-zine 2017
Social Innovation Hub, 1st Floor, Civic Centre, 
Main St, Ballymun, Dublin 9

Tel: 01 891 61 00

Welcome to our Spring E-zine!
What a lovely to start to the year we have had! Our team has grown by three members; we welcomed Audrey MacCready and Marisa Denker to our EU Lab project, and Barry MacDevitt as Project Manager of the Makerspace and Thinking Cup Cafe projects. We are delighted to have them on board. This has now allowed us to progress our projects further, as you will read below.

We had the opportunity of being involved in two Horizon 2020 applications with Future Cities Catapult and UCD: One to develop and test processes for co-creating open, innovative and impactful digital public services to reduce youth isolation and loneliness;  The other to develop inclusive nature based solutions through Social Innovation for transitions to greener urban environments. We will hear about both in quarter two.

As our work in Social Innovation and Design Thinking in Dublin communities grows we now require a new web platform and have been working on this with an innovative design company in Dublin City. We cannot wait to unveil our new look so stay tuned!

Team Innovate Dublin.


Birthday celebrations!

We celebrated our Hub’s 1st birthday on 4th January!  It’s been a hectic but very productive year and the Hub is now a well-established community of entrepreneurs, creatives and innovators. 

Our ‘Hubbers’ (members) find the opportunity to mix with a diverse group of independent professionals a great way to connect and create opportunities for knowledge sharing, partnerships, new leads and referrals.   We also have a number of regular hot desk users who rent a desk on a daily basis as required and they too have become part of our community.

If you are interested in becoming a ‘Hubber’ or renting a hot desk, scroll down to the ‘Social Innovation Hub’ section.

We ran a free workshop on Twitter for Business for our members in February. The aim of this workshop was to give participants the tools, tips and tricks to get the best out of their Twitter account to promote their business, network, make connections and build followers! The workshop was presented by one of our Hub members Marie-Clare Byard from Now Media.  
Twitter: @NowMediaLIVE  
We are coming to the end of our first Incubate For Growth Programme, where 10 high potential local entrepreneurs were provided with a dedicated desk space in our Social Innovation Hub, as well as all the tools and supports they need to enable them to grow and develop their business. The results of this pilot programme have been extremely positive and in Q1 we commenced the process of starting a second programme. Recruitment is now underway so if you are interested please contact us for further details.

The programme is sponsored by the Ballymun Area Office of Dublin City Council and the Local Enterprise Office, Dublin City.
Our first Youth Academy Programme finished on 14th March. This was a 15 week skills and development programme in Design Thinking and Project Management Skills for local unemployed youth (18-24) and was funded by Ulster Bank.

The programme, which was housed in our Hub, supported young people in their journey towards employment in a highly engaging and creative way and developed transferable skills such as communication, team work, time management, project management and design thinking. It provided participants with an opportunity to get involved in an innovative project of their choosing that developed their business and entrepreneurial skills.

All the participants were from the Ballymun area and came to us via Youthreach, Ballymun Communications, Axis Theatre, and the Ballymun Job Centre. 

We held an end of programme presentation in the Civic Centre in Ballymun where the participants got the opportunity to show their completed projects to an enthusiastic audience of colleagues, friends and other supporters. Feedback on the programme both from the participants and the referral organisations was very positive and we plan to run the programme again in the autumn. Check out the video we made which gives further details on the programme, see below.

Design Thinking & Project Management Skills

Innovate Dublin recently ran a workshop with key stakeholders from Irish Prisons, The Probation Services, An Garda Siochana and various local service providers to explore solutions and build collaboration for the development of a café (Thinking Cup Cafe) that would give future employment and support to at-risk individuals. This initiative builds on earlier work that Innovate Dublin carried out in the community which identified the need for more social/cafe spaces in Ballymun.
Roger Warnock from The Young Foundation also presented learnings from running the successful  Book Reserve in Belfast, a social enterprise café and 2nd hand bookshop that gives employment to young ex-offenders to help break the cycle of recidivism.
More updates to follow as this ambitious project develops.

If you are interested in more information on the Thinking Cup Cafe Project contact Barry MacDevitt, or 01 891 61 00.
In 2016 Innovate Dublin established the EU Lab as a valuable support mechanism for staff in Dublin City Council, who want to use the ‘EU route’ to develop projects that will have significant impact in their areas of work. In the first quarter of 2017 the EU Lab has managed to get two projects to EU funding application stage, and made a significant contribution to an inter-departmental workshop held by Dublin City Council to deliberate on a strategy for developing future EU projects.

Audrey MacCready
joined us as our Information Officer in February. She has been busy researching EU funding programmes for our EU Lab for Dublin City Council and checking to see what information sources on the web already exist to help people access them. She had worked for the European Commission and had evaluated proposed projects from the other side of the desk, so has a good idea of how strict the application process is.

If you are interested in more information on the EU funding Unit contact Audrey MacCready, or 01 891 61 00.
The SOCIAL INNOVATION HUB offers members access to 350 square metres of creative space to work, meet, learn and collaborate. We combine the best of a cafe, innovation lab, business accelerator, serviced office and community centre to create a place for meaningful encounters, productive work sessions and inspiration.

You can rent a hot desk for only €10 per day or a dedicated desk for only €175 per month.

Membership gives you a professional office right in the centre of Ballymun, only 7 kilometres from Dublin city centre and close to Dublin airport. Benefits include free use of our conference room, free one to one business mentoring and free attendance at all our networking events and training sessions. 

You can avail of all the member benefits or just make our space yours, for more information contact Annabelle Conway on 01 891 6116 / 891 6110 or see our Hubber`s pack.


Mary is a business coach and trainer specialising in personal wellness and business performance.  Her corporate background, including ten years working at Oracle, gives her a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the pressures in business today.  Trained by wellness expert and author, Deepak Chopra, Mary has helped hundreds of business executives improve their sense of wellness, engagement at work and business performance. 
To mark Ireland’s National Workplace Wellbeing Day on 31st March, Mary hosted an early morning Wellness Session for members of the B4b  (Ballymun for Business) network showing eager local businesses how to incorporate good health and wellness practices into their workplaces.

With fresh fruit and delicious smoothies supplied by SuperValu in Ballymun, Mary showed how improved physical and mental wellbeing leads to better performance, increased clarity and more enjoyment of work.

Mary is also a mindfulness and meditation instructor trained by Deepak Chopra and she showed how simple it is to quiet the mind with a short mindfulness exercise. Participants learned how to balance five essential areas to achieve wellbeing, how to enhance exercise and nutrition for performance and how to make effective change by building positive habits.

Innovate Dublin was delighted to be at the launch of the Digital Dún Laoghaire Action Plan in April. Digital Dún Laoghaire is an initiative of the Dún Laoghaire Business Improvement District and supported by key stakeholders in the town. We also got to meet the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor where we got to briefly discuss the Government's Action Plan for Jobs and Design Thinking.
Innovate Dublin attended the first Ballymun4business (B4b) networking event on 15th March in the Civic Building on Main Street, Ballymun to discuss ideas for the future. B4b chairperson and owner of the local SuperValu Robert Murphy said that Ballymun4business is determined to be at the heart of the continued rejuvenation of Ballymun.

Networking is a key part of the B4b strategy, helping to improve local business and the local economy. This networking event was a fantastic opportunity to meet local business owners, managers and community organisations. We also got to hear from Maureen Byrne the local AIB Branch Manager on the value of how effective networking can help your business grow and thrive at little or no cost.

Local businesses have an invaluable opportunity to become a member of B4b free of charge until 31st December 2017.

Innovate Dublin attended the  “Fearless” Event, one of the highlights of Enterprise Week, hosted by RTE’s Keelin Shanley, on Thursday 10th March, at Riasc Centre, Swords. Hundreds of business owner/managers and aspiring entrepreneurs learned about business success and how to achieve it.

The audience heard from a host of successful entrepreneurs about their journeys, the successes, challenges and rewards of running a business.

Six entrepreneurs, whose companies were selected as finalists to represent Fingal at the National Enterprise Awards competition, have recently set up businesses with the support of Fingal Local Enterprise Office (LEO), and took part in a Q&A, chaired by Bobby Kerr.

Towards the end of the evening, Mayor of Fingal, Cllr. David O’Connor presented InvizBox Ltd, the winning business, with a cheque for €5,000, sponsored by AIB Bank.

To stay up to date on our activties, follow us on Twitter @innovate_dublin
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