Connemara digital innovation hub awarded over €500k funding

Galway Daily news Digital innovation hub officially opens in Spiddal

The gTeic digital innovation hub under construction in Spiddal has been awarded over half a million in funding

Údarás na Gaeltachta has already drawn down €175,000 of the almost €550,000 in funding for the new gTeic digital innovation hub made available under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund.

The project to help enable businesses and entrepreneurs in south Connemara modern digital facilities is the first enterprise in Ireland to receive money from the fund.

The hub, which is part of Gréasán Digiteach na Gaeltachta, will be a modern, high speed broadband facility for start-up and established enterprises.

When completed it will have 25 hot desks/coworking spaces, 10 private office spaces, two meeting rooms, video conferencing facilities, creative breakout spaces, phone booths and meeting pods.

This will enable 40 – 50 people in start ups and established enterprises to work there on modern enterprises in Galway’s Gaeltacht with a focus on digital media.

Minister of State for the Gaeltacht and Galway West TD Seán Kyne broke ground on the project in January.

He said recently that he was “delighted that the gTeic hub in An Spidéal is progressing so well with a Galway-based company working on the project.”

It’s hoped that the Digital Innovation Hub will be open for business by this Autumn.

This is one of 30 innovation and digital hubs being developed in rural Gaeltacht areas across counties Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Kerry, Cork, Waterford and Meath.

Nine hubs of various sizes will be built throughout Galway in the coming years as part of Údarás na Gaeltachta’s GTEIC initiative.