WELCOME is represented in the Dublin ecosystem by DCU Ryan Academy.
DCU Ryan Academy operates as a partnership between the Ryan Family (Ryanair) and Dublin City University – Ireland’s University of Enterprise. The Academy exists to support national economic and social policy through the design, delivery, and coordination of programmes to develop the entrepreneurial capabilities of companies and individuals. We aim to bridge the gap between academia and entrepreneurial practice.
DCU Ryan Academy supports entrepreneurs through a number of programmes and initiatives including a number of accelerators, entrepreneurial education and EU funded projects including WELCOME.
Dublin is rapidly positioning itself as a startup hub for several reasons.
Ireland has more VC funding available than any other country in Europe per capita. There are 12 accelerator / incubator programmes in Dublin and “Web Summit” the BIGGEST Technology conference outside the US is based here.
€800mln in Venture & Seed Capital available to companies located in Ireland.
Projected to be 22nd most competitive global city in the Overall 2025 City Competitiveness rankings table from 120 cities ranked. 12.5% Corporate Tax rate in Ireland – amongst the lowest in Europe.
Dublin is magnet for Foreign Direct Investment, Forbes names Ireland as the best place in the world to do business, 200 tech startups founded per annum and Ireland is the second biggest exporter of ICT in the world – behind the USA. Voted the ‘Best to Invest’ by European Metro in 2012 and third best in 2013, Ireland is home to 9 of the top 10 global software leaders and 8 of the top 10 US companies
50% of the population in Ireland is under 35 years old. The Economist rates Dublin as Number 1 in the world for Human Capital. Dublin is considered 2nd friendliest city in the world. Ireland is number 1 in Europe for people finishing third level education.
THE RYAN ACADEMY
RYAN Propeller Accelerator, set up by the family of Ryanair founder, is Ireland’s leading centre for tech entrepreneurship.