Thursday, 19 September 2019

Questions (117)

Barry Cowen

Question:

117. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the stage the e-hubs project is at; when the project will go out for tender; when construction will commence; when the project will be completed; the estimated cost of the project; the amount spent to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38082/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

My Department and its agencies are actively engaged in the development of regional digital hubs / ehubs which provide the opportunity for relocation and for full-time or part-time remote working. A number of projects which have been offered funding under, for example, the Regional Enterprise Development Fund (REDF), are already prototype ehubs and should develop over time into more sustainable ehubs in their own right.  

In the context of the further development of ehubs, as envisaged in Project Ireland 2040, in support of efforts to expand entrepreneurship and start-ups in every region, Enterprise Ireland is addressing the need to expand and further develop co-working initiatives including through existing community enterprise centres.

The relevant projects funded as part of the first and second calls of the REDF that I launched in December 2017 and December 2018 are set out in the tables below. In June 2019 I announced a further €45m to be made available under this fund. The third call is currently open for applications and closes on 25th September 2019.

REDF funding for eHubs/Enterprise Spaces/Incubation/Food-Hubs/Co-Working

Call 1

Name     

Region     

County/Counties     

Funding Amount     

RDI Hub   CLG      

South-West

Kerry

€3,614,669

Dublin Enterprise &   Technology Centre

Dublin

Dublin

€3,226,776

BIA Innovator Campus CLG

West

Galway

€2,466,148

Ghala DAC

Dublin

Dublin

€2,488,528

Donegal Digital Innovation CLG

North-West

Donegal

€1,119,640

Leitrim County Enterprise Fund

North-West

Leitrim, Longford, Cavan

€1,284,000

Insurtech Network Centre DAC

South-East

Carlow, Wexford

€1,439,832

Cork Urban Enterprises

West

Cork

€669,064

County Kildare Community     Network                 

Mid-East

Kildare

€1,917,200

Monaghan County Enterprise Fund

North-East

Monaghan

€202,800

Sneem Innovation & Tech   Services

South-West

Kerry

€250,000

Mol Teic CLG

South-West

Kerry

€189,144

Social & Local Enterprise   Alliance DAC

Dublin

Dublin

€1,135,195

Call 2     

Name     

Region     

County/Counties     

Funding Amount     

Galway City Innovation District   CLG

West

Galway

€2,487,400

Midc Páirc Na Mara

West

Galway

€2,000,000

Ludgate Operations     CLG                   

South-West

Cork

€1,990,392

Vista Agri 4.0 Hub CLG

South-West

Cork, Kerry, Waterford,   Tipperary

€1,865,215

National Design Innovation Hub       DAC                 

South-East

Kilkenny, Carlow

€1,843,320

Boyne Valley Food Innovation   District

Mid-East

Meath, Cavan, Monaghan, Louth

€1,580,640

Mountmellick Development     Association        

Midlands

Laois

€218,200

Offaly Innovation & Design   Centre   CLG        

Midlands

Offaly

€458,600

Innovate Limerick T/A Hospital   Food Units DAC

Mid-West

Limerick, Clare, Tipperary

€2,279,073

Innovate Dublin Communities     CLG           

Dublin

Dublin

€249,955

SPADE CLG

Dublin

Dublin

€2,094,000

Leitrim Food Enterprise Zone   CLG

North-West

Leitrim, Cavan, Sligo, Donegal

€953,640

Sligo County Enterprise Fund   CLG

North-West

Sligo, Mayo, Leitrim

€1,906,640