Reflections on Co-creating a Startup City

Startup City Handbook

Startup City Handbook

At the beginning of July, my colleagues and I were knee deep in Startup City.

All the participants from small companies and business support companies to city agencies were working together in teams over a two day period through eight complex issues that affect the experience of startups in Dublin. They were as diverse as finding enterprise spaces and places, selling to public bodies and reducing the requirements of red tape on businesses.


While we in The Studio had been involved in smaller service design, problem solving or idea building events, the issues presented here were undoubtedly the most complex we had faced.

What did we learn?

  • It’s ok to look for help- As Dublin City Council is new to this subject and to the process we used finding great partners was a huge plus. We were very lucky to work with process experts from the Institute without Boundaries (IwB) and topic experts from Dublin City Enterprise Board and The Digital Hub who were invaluable in bringing this event together in a very short space of time.
  • Ask and they will come –At the outset we wondered would people be willing to spend more than two days of their time and opportunity costs struggling to resolve a complex problem. We were amazed at how generous really busy people were with their time. A number of the entrepreneurs in particular told me they were getting up at 5am to do their day’s work before they joined us. Others who could not commit to two days contributed time as advisors or judges
  • Nothing like a deadline – It is amazing what can be achieved in a very short space of time when you bring a diverse range of people, experience and skills together with a challenging deadline. Check out the final presentations and see what you think
  • The proof of the pudding… There are a range of proposals that are being reviewed at present. Some can be delivered by individual organisation but others would need a range of partners and to bring them to life. This will be next step for us

Expect to hear more in the Autumn….

Deidre Ni Raghallaigh, The Studio

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