Digital Derry on agenda

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Derry City Council will discuss plans to set up a unique working space for digital start-up companies at a meeting in the Guildhall later today.

The matter will be debated at a meeting of the Council’s development committee this afternoon.

It is proposed that Council would be involved in setting up the shared working space as part of its Digital Derry strategy.

Such shared working spaces are typically large, open-plans offices with shared facilities and equipment which can be used by several companies.

Philadelphia, Melbourne, Amsterdam, and Bristol already have digital shared space ‘hubs’ and if the proposal is approved, Derry could be the first city in Ireland to have such a facility.

Councillors will be told that the digital economy is a growing sector and that in the last quarter there have been seven new start-ups and five new spin out projects developed in the Derry City Council area.

The Digital Derry project currently has a budget of £20,000 and councillors will be asked for approval to invite tenders from interested parties to establish and manage co-working space for an initial period of 12-months on behalf of Digital Derry.

Council would also have to provide a contribution to the rent and rates of the building for the first year.